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.

The Americas – Argentina: Front-end labeling regulation to be published by end of March

According to official sources, the text of the regulation has already been defined; it will be published at the end of March and contains details on deadlines, as well as some concessions to the industry.

The implementation will take place in two stages. The first one will be in force until the end of the year and will have broader parameters than the final scheme, which should be fully in force in 2023. The regulation provides for a special deadline for companies that distribute beverages in returnable glass containers. According to the firms in the sector, it is necessary to paint the black octagons on the millions of bottles circulating in the country. In the meantime, it was decided that the warnings referring to these products will be covered by advertisements on the sales shelves.

An important point is that the deadlines are established as from the entry into force of the law and not from the publication of the regulation.

The Americas / PAHO – Webinar: Front-end labeling in Latin America and Costa Rica in the framework of obesity and noncommunicable disease prevention

Objective: To contribute to the discussion on the aspects concerning front labeling regulations of food products and non-alcoholic beverages, presenting the international experience generated in the countries of the region, sharing lessons learned and new evidence obtained. We seek to sensitize national stakeholders from all sectors on the public health impact of measures such as front-of-pack nutrition labeling to improve nutrition and contribute to stop the increase of overweight and obesity and non-communicable diseases in the population.