Article: Front-end labeling laws as a guarantee of consumer health protection

In the communication between producers and consumers, food labeling is fundamental since it allows to know the conformation and nutritional facts of food products. This work is carried out to develop a comparative study on the laws of front labeling as a guarantee of legal protection to consumers, it is a study of doctrinal and jurisprudential review on the protection of the right to health of consumers. It can be evidenced that the main models of front labeling are interpretative, non-interpretative, semi-interpretative and hybrid, of which the most used are the food guides and nutritional traffic lights. The guide system is used in Brazil, Chile, the United States, Japan and Great Britain, while the traffic light system is more widely used in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico and Russia.

Article – Brazil: Challenges for the Brazilian food industry: Food safety law

The objective of this research is to examine, collate and organize the main Brazilian regulations and food safety literature, highlighting key challenges for the Brazilian food industry. This is a qualitative study, using a specific procedure and an intentional sampling for data collection and analysis of open textual information. The results of this research show that there is some important challenges for the food industry, especially with regard to the general requirements that are applicable to any organization in the food chain, such as good manufacturing practices (GMP) standards and programs operational hygiene (SSOP), identification and analysis of risks of contamination and system hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP).

Article – Brazil: Evaluation of the labeling and nutritional profile of processed foods intended for children

The offer of processed foods, especially the ultra-processed, is not recommended in the first years of life, since the consumption of these foods is associated with anemia, overweight and food allergies. The objective of this study was to evaluate the compliance of labels of processed foods intended for children with the Brazilian legislation in force and to analyze the levels of sodium, free sugars, sweeteners and total, saturated and trans fats described on the label. The nutrients were evaluated based on the PAHO Nutritional Profile Model. The results of the evaluation showed that the labels showed some non-compliance with the standards required by current legislation on food labeling.

Article – USA: Regulating the Food Industry: An Aspirational Agenda

The coronavirus pandemic reveals an urgent need: the marketing of ultra-processed “junk” food must be stopped. Until now, the food industry has gotten away with pushing consumption of high-calorie, highly processed products—as often and in as many places as possible, and in increasingly large amounts—all in the name of profit In this business-first food environment, obesity and its associated type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and, these days, severe outcomes from COVID-19, are collateral damage. Because poor health more strongly affects the most vulnerable members of society, public health advocates ought to be demanding immediate, forceful government action to discourage food industry production and marketing of unhealthful products.

Article – Mexico: Evaluating adults’ perception and understanding of Mexican nutritional warning labeling through an online survey

Objective: To evaluate the perception and understanding of the new Mexican nutrition warning labeling (EAN in Spanish) through an online survey of Mexican adults.
Conclusions: The incorporation of the EAN could change the preference towards healthier products, however, nutritional understanding is still nutritional understanding is still deficient, evidenced by the inability of participants to correctly participants’ inability to correctly identify the critical critical nutrients in excess in a product with the “2 seals” legend, and therefore “2 seals”, so the “n seals” legend on products with a small display area may not be small display area may not be sufficient to make an informed to make an informed purchasing decision.