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The legislative branch supports the reform of the general health law for a new food labeling


Oct 30, 2019

The initiative planned to reach the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies on October 1, 2019 would modify the General Health Law. This translates into a change of Article 216 (among others) to establish a frontal labeling on foods that contains warnings about high caloric content, added sugars, saturated and trans fats, sodium and any other additive. The labels must present the nutritional information in a clear, simple, direct and visible way for the consumer to make better decisions when choosing the product. The Health Secretariat authorities will be responsible for identifying which products will be subject to these new provisions in support of scientific evidence and international standards.

The Chamber of Deputies approved in general and in particular the reforms to frontal food labeling in the General Health Law. With 445 votes in favor, 0 against and 3 abstentions, the plenary approved this opinion that seeks to establish that warnings on processed foods and non-alcoholic beverages are shown on the frontal labeling. These reforms pass to the Senate of the Republic for analysis and, where appropriate, ratification.

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