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

Knowledge and Use of Nutritional Labels on Industrialized Foods and Beverages in Mexico (in Spanish)

Authors: Lizbeth Tolentino-Mayo. Sofía Rincón-Gallardo Patiño. Liliana Bahena-Espina. Víctor Ríos. Simón Barquera.

May / June 2018 – Document the knowledge and use of the information of the different labels placed on industrialized products in Mexico. For this, a subsample of the National Survey of Health and Nutrition Midway 2016 was carried out, and a semi-structured questionnaire was applied. As conclusions of the work, the implementation of a fast-to-read and easy-to-understand front labeling with nutritional criteria was proposed that guarantee compliance with what is stated in official documents and the standardization of the percentage of sugar consumption to that recommended by the WHO or to a lesser amount.

https://www.saludpublica.mx/index.php/spm/article/view/8825