Article – The influence of Chile’s food labelingand advertising law and other factors on dietaryand physical activity behavior of elementarystudents in a peripheral region: a qualitative study

In 2016, Chile implemented the Food Labeling and Advertising Law to fight childhood obesity through front-of-package food labelling, marketing restrictions and school activities and programs. Nevertheless, little is known on its influence on key stakeholders in vulnerable peripheral regions of the country. This study aimed at identifying important influencing factors including the Food Labeling and Advertising Law on dietary habits and physical activity patterns of second graders in Chile, as perceived by school representatives and the children themselves.

Mexico – Supreme Court indefinitely postpones ruling on amparos against nutritional labeling of foods

The Supreme Court of Justice postponed indefinitely clarifying whether the new nutritional labeling with warning seals, implemented as of 2020, and challenged by the food and beverage industry, is Constitutional.
The Second Chamber of the Court agreed yesterday to send to the Plenary of the court for final resolution three amparos promoted by the companies Herdez, Del Monte, McCormick de México, Santa Clara and Desde el Corazón del Fruto, which question both the 2019 reform to the General Health Law (LGS) to require labeling on the front of the products, and the changes to the Mexican Official Standard (NOM) that imposed the system of seals.
Ministers Yasmín Esquivel and Alberto Pérez Dayan presented projects that deny the amparos to the companies, so that, in the Chamber, only an additional vote was necessary to approve such proposals.
However, Court sources informed that, in the private session, there were important objections against the projects.
Now, in the Plenary, the vote of four other justices, in addition to Esquivel and Pérez Dayan, will be needed to deny the amparos.
However, once they are sent to the Plenary, the President of the Court, Norma Piña, is the one who will determine the priority that will be given to these matters, which could be voted on this month, six months or a year from now.
The bills argue that the government’s measures are proportional, necessary, appropriate, fulfill a constitutionally valid purpose and do not violate the right to freedom of trade.

Peru – INACAL promotes the application of the Peruvian Technical Standard “NTP 712.009:2021” on hygiene practices in collective food services

The National Quality Institute (INACAL in Spanish) of the Ministry of Production promotes the application of the Peruvian Technical Standard “NTP 712.009:2021”, which contains the requirements of good hygiene practices for the handling of raw, precooked and cooked food intended for establishments that provide collective food services.

This technical document, which seeks to improve the quality of the food industry in Peru, provides guidance and guidelines to restaurants, concessionaires, small-medium industry and entrepreneurs dedicated to providing food services to companies, schools, universities, prisons or similar institutions.