Chile: Girardi on non-compliance with food labeling law: “These companies should be closed, shut down”

The former PPD senator, Guido Girardi, talked to CNN Chile about the infraction to the Food Labeling Law that provoked the application of a sanitary summary to a store in Vitacura, whose owners risk fines that could reach a thousand tax units.

Articles – Chile: On the Design of Food Labeling Policies

We study a regulation in Chile that mandates front-of-package warning labels on products whose sugar or caloric concentration exceeds certain thresholds. We document an overall decrease in sugar and caloric intake of 7-9%. To unpack the underlying mechanisms, we provide descriptive evidence of the impact of the policy on consumer choice, both across and within categories and firms’ behavior. We  find no noticeable substitution of products across food categories and show that most of the demand effect of the regulation comes from within-category substitution. We also find that a substantive portion of the overall effect comes from product o reformulation. We discuss how these  findings can inform the design of effective labeling policies.

Articles – Chile: Study: Front-Pack Symbols Affect Buying

Front-of-package symbols appear to have had an effect on breakfast cereal consumers in Chile, prompting them toward healthier products, according to new research.

The study, by an American and an Israeli researcher, looked at consumption patterns in Chile, the country with the most advanced front-of-pack warning label system. In 2016, Chilean food symbolsChile mandated symbols for food products with high levels of sugar, saturated fat, sodium and calories. The symbols are hexagonal, like stop signs, and the warnings read “Alto en [nutrient]”; the Spanish word alto means both “high” and “stop.”

The Americas – Chile: Ministry of Health publishes draft amendment on sodium ulphate levels in salt

The Ministry of Health published a draft amendment to the Food Sanitary Regulations (RSA in Spanish) on the levels of sodium sulfate above 1.5% established in Article 439 of the RSA. For this reason, the standards that Codex Alimentarius has developed in relation to sodium chloride and its natural contaminants were reviewed, where up to 3% of natural contaminants, including sodium sulfate, are accepted.

Article: The impact of front-of-the-packaging nutrition labelling warnings on consumer habits: a scoping review exploring the case of the Chilean Food Law

Purpose – The purpose of this scoping review was to summarise the general results of the Chilean Food Law implementation to help to understand how this policy has changed consumer’s behaviour.

Design/methodology/approach – Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) extension for scoping reviews (PRISMA-ScR) guidelines were followed. Five databases were searched for studies published from January 2015 to February 2020 evaluating the Chilean population’s perception, behaviour and purchasing habits of processed foods.

Findings – The results showed that consumers support the implementation of a front-of-package warning label (FOPWL) and thought it a good strategy to help make healthier food choices for themselves. However, even with a positive perception about these products, the intention-to-change the purchase of unhealthy food occurred only for sugar-sweetened beverages. Meanwhile, children did not stop eating foods that had a FOPWL, although the mothers’ perception was that the presence of FOPWLs could be important to differentiate unhealthy from healthy products. The availability of products with FOPWLs at schools decreased, indicating that the law was being complied with and that the child-directed marketing strategy showed a reduction after the first phase of implementation.