Open letter to the participants of the 54th Directing Council of PAHO and the 67th Session of the Regional Committee of WHO for the Americas

Author: Consumers International – Oficina para América Latina y el Caribe – www.consumersinternational.org

September 2015 – On the occasion of the annual meeting of the 54th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, the consumer organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean urge the authorities present to take advantage of this opportunity to define the way in which our The region will continue to lead the world in the fight against chronic diseases related to unhealthy diets.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mva17yzz7se27qa/AAAloZxA1tXKEdCeYSYEIepOa/Acciones%20de%20incidencia%20pol%C3%ADtica/2015.05.00%20Convenio%20marco%20dietas%20saludables?dl=0&preview=Carta+abierta+al+54%C2%BA+Consejo+Directivo+OPS+y+67%C2%AA+Sesi%C3%B3n+del+Comit%C3%A9+Regional+de+la+OMS+para+las+Am%C3%A9ricas+(1).pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1

The Label can be Better

Author: Instituto Brasileiro de Defensa do Consumidor

September / October 2016 – Scientific research identifies difficulties for consumers to understand nutritional information and obtains their opinion on what may change. The good news is that it is possible to generate a more understandable label and Brazil is on that path. (in Portuguese)

https://idec.org.br/em-acao/revista/rotulo-mais-facil/materia/o-rotulo-pode-ser-melhor

Review of current labelling regulations and practices for food and beverage targeting children and adolescents in Latin America countries (Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica and Argentina) and recommendations for facilitating consumer information

Author: Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública de México / UNICEF

November 2016 – In response to the rising rates of obesity and diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), policies have emerged that focus on improving the diets of populations using strategies such as food labelling. The aim of food labels is to influence consumers to make healthier decisions regarding their food choices. The present study include: A review current food labelling regulations and voluntary practices on products targeted to children and adolescents in Latin America (LA); Identify key labelling models in packaged food targeted to children and adolescents in four Latin countries: Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica and Argentina; To test the usage, perception and preference of such systems with a sample of parents; and 4) To provide specific recommendations.

https://www.unicef.org/lac/media/1876/file/PDF%20An%C3%A1lisis%20de%20regulaciones%20y%20pr%C3%A1cticas%20para%20el%20etiquetado%20de%20alimentos%20y%20bebidas%20ING.pdf

Front-of-package labeling as a policy tool for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases in the Americas

Authors: Pan America Health Organization

September 2020 – High blood pressure, high fasting blood sugar levels, and overweight/obesity are the top three risk factors for mortality in the Americas. Unhealthy eating is closely linked to these top three risk factors in the Americas. The regulatory objective of a FOPL system should aim at allowing consumers to correctly, quickly, and easily identify products that contain excessive amount of sugars, total fats, saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium.

https://iris.paho.org/handle/10665.2/52740