Article – Reformulation of Top-Selling Processed and Ultra-Processed Foods and Beverages in the Peruvian Food Supply after Front-of-Package Warning Label Policy

Front-of-package warning label (FOPWL) policies incentivize the food industry to reduce the content of regulated nutrients in products. We explored changes in the content of nutrients of concern (sugar, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium) and the percentage of products in the Peruvian food supply that would carry a FOPWL before and after Peru’s implementation of FOPWLs. Longitudinal data on the top-selling foods and beverages (n = 94) were collected at three time points: three months before the implementation of the policy, four months after, and two years after. Using the nutritional information declared on products’ labels, we compared quantities of nutrients of concern and the percentage of foods that would carry a FOPWL at each time point. Between the first and the third data collection, a decrease in the median sugar content of beverages was observed (from 9.0 to 5.9 g/100 mL, p = 0.005), accompanied by an increase in the use of nonnutritive sweeteners. This change drove the reduction of the percentage of beverages that would carry a FOPWL (from 59 to 31%, p = 0.011). Among foods, decreases were observed in saturated fat (from 6.7 to 5.9 g/100 g, p = 0.002). The percentage of foods that would carry a FOPWL according to their nutritional profile declined from before to after implementation of the policy (from 82 to 62%, p < 0.001). The study shows that the industry reformulated products in Peru after implementation of its FOPWL policy.

Peru – Deadline extended for the use of advertising warning stickers (octagons) for micro and small companies and imported products

By Supreme Decree No. 022-2022-SA, the term that allows imported products to use stickers with the advertising warnings provided in subnumeral 8.3 of numeral 8 of the Manual of Advertising Warnings approved by Supreme Decree No. 012-2018-SA, within the framework of the provisions of Law No. 30021, Law for the Promotion of Healthy Eating for Children and Adolescents, and its Regulation approved by Supreme Decree No. 017-2017-SA, is extended until June 30, 2023.
This Supreme Decree enters into force as of January 1, 2023.

EU – Nutrition labeling: Latin Americans are more advanced than Europeans

RFI interviewed Rafael Urrialde, professor at the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid and expert in food safety, on the reluctance of some European countries, especially Italy, to generalize the labeling of food products as is already done in several Latin American countries following the Chilean model.

Brazil – Anvisa publishes Q&A guide on foods containing whole grains

The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) has just published the first edition of the document Questions and Answers on Composition and Labeling of Foods Containing Whole Grains.

The publication is a non-regulatory tool, intended to clarify frequent doubts about the new regulation on the subject, i.e., the Resolution of the Collegiate Council (RDC) 712/2022, which provides on the compositional and labeling requirements for foods containing cereals. and pseudocereals for their classification and identification as whole grains and to highlight the presence of whole grain ingredients.

Brazil – MAPA publishes new regulations for the preparation of hamburgers

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA in Portuguese) published Ordinance No. 724 which brings the new Technical Regulation of Identity and Quality for hamburgers produced in establishments dependent on the Federal Inspection Service (SIF), such as meat packing plants. The establishments will have a period of one year to adapt to the standards.