BOARD OF DIRECTORS RESOLUTION – RDC No. 429, OF OCTOBER 8, 2020 / NORMATIVE INSTRUCTION – IN No. 75

Authors: ANVISA

October 2020 – Regulation from the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), of the Ministry of Public Health of Brazil regarding the nutritional labeling of food (including beverages) and technical requirements. It excludes unprocessed and minimally processed foods, aligning with the Dietary Guidelines for the Brazilian Population. It requires Front-of-Package Nutritional Labeling (FoPNL), featuring rectangles with magnifying glasses and legends “High in: Saturated fats / added sugars / sodium” (white letters on a black background), when these quantities exceed the limits established by ANVISA. It enhances the design, content, and legibility of the nutritional information panel, in black lettering on a white background. It includes mandatory information on: total and added sugars, number of servings per package, and all information on nutrient content per 100 g or 100 ml. It was approved in 2020 and began to be enforced in 2022.

Regulación de la Agencia nacional de vigilancia sanitaria (ANVISA), del Ministerio de Salud Pública de Brasil sobre el etiquetado nutricional de alimentos (bebidas incluidas) y requisitos técnicos. Excluye los alimentos sin procesar y mínimamente procesados, lo que se alinea con las Guías Alimentarias para la Población Brasileña. Requiere etiquetado frontal nutricional (FoPNL), de rectángulos con lupa y leyendas “Alto en: Grasas saturadas / azúcares agregados / sodio (letras blancas sobre fondo negro), cuando esta cantidades superen los limites establecidos ANVISA. Mejora el diseño, contenido y legibilidad del panel de información nutricional, en letra negra sobre fondo blanco. Incluye la información obligatoria de: azúcares totales y añadidos, número de porciones del producto por envase, y toda la información sobre el contenido de nutrientes por 100 g o 100 ml. Fue aprobada en el 2020 y comenzó a aplicarse en el 2022.

https://antigo.anvisa.gov.br/documents/10181/3882585/RDC_429_2020_.pdf/9dc15f3a-db4c-4d3f-90d8-ef4b80537380

Estimating the dietary and health impact of implementing front-of-pack nutrition labeling in Canada: A macrosimulation modeling study

Authors: Nadia Flexner, Alena P. Ng, Mavra Ahmed, Neha Khandpur, Rachel B. Acton, Jennifer J. Lee y Mary R. L’Abbe corresponding.

March 2023 – The health authority in Canada has published regulations on front-of-package labeling in July 2022, which will come into effect in January 2026. This is the first study modeling the potential long-term impacts on diet and health of the adult population from a warning front-of-package labeling system with the legend “high in” in Canada. Four counterfactual scenarios of front-of-package labeling were modeled. The results suggest a significant reduction in the consumption of sodium, total sugar, and saturated fats among Canadian adults (values in the article) and a reduction of between 2,183 and 8,907 deaths due to diet-related non-communicable diseases, mainly cardiovascular diseases (~70% estimated by the Preventable Risk Integrated Model PRIME). This represents between 2.4 and 9.6% of the total number of deaths from diet-related non-communicable diseases in Canada.

La autoridad de salud en Canadá ha publicado regulaciones sobre el etiquetado frontal en julio de 2022 que entrará en vigencia en enero de 2026. Este es el primer estudio que modela los posibles impactos a largo plazo en la dieta y en la salud de la población adulta de un sistema de etiquetado frontal de alimentos de advertencia con la leyenda “alto en” en Canadá. Se utilizaron cuatro escenarios contrafactuales de etiquetado frontal modelados. Los resultados sugieren una reducción significativa en el consumo de sodio, azúcar total y grasas saturadas entre los adultos canadienses (valores en el artículo) y una reducción de entre 2,183 y 8,907 muertes debido a enfermedades no transmisibles relacionadas con la dieta, principalmente enfermedades cardiovasculares (~70% estimadas por el Modelo Integrado de Riesgo Prevenible PRIME). Esto representa entre el 2.4 y el 9.6% del número total de muertes por enfermedades no transmisibles relacionadas con la dieta en Canadá.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10065472/

Advances in the Front of Package Labeling Project in Uruguay

Authors: Dra. María Isabel Bove, Ministry of Public Health

August 22, 2017 – Results of overweight, blood pressure, and changes in the way of eating in the Uruguayan population are presented. Also, public policies and research carried out in Uruguay on front of package labeling.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mva17yzz7se27qa/AABDRpCLa2WQPhHo5RQzQiBia/Etiquetado%20nutricional%20y%20frontal/Encuentro%20FAO%20Chile%20sept%202017?dl=0&file_subpath=%2F21+agosto%2FPanel+Experiencias+Regulatorias+Pa%C3%ADses+I%2FUruguay.pdf&preview=Encuentro+internacional.rar&subfolder_nav_tracking=1

Preliminary Regulatory Impact Analysis Report on Nutrition Labeling

Author: ANVISA – Agencia Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitária / Gerencia Geral de Alimentos

May 2018 – Brazil was one of the first countries to adopt mandatory nutrition labeling as part of the public health strategy to promote adequate and healthy food and to combat obesity, through regulatory actions conducted by ANVISA.

https://pesquisa.anvisa.gov.br/upload/surveys/981335/files/An%C3%A1lise%20de%20Impacto%20Regulat%C3%B3rio%20sobre%20Rotulagem%20Nutricional.pdf

Public policies to address obesity in Chile: Law 20.606 on the food nutritional composition and advertising

Author: Carmén Castillo

August 2017 – Presentation on the implementation of the Chilean law 20.606 on the nutritional composition of foods and their advertising; one year evaluation after law implementation.

https://interamericanheart.org/Repository/1.18chileley20.606sobrenutricionalalimentosypublicidad.pdf