Food labeling in Chile: What progress has been made in recent years?

Labeling of food is the process of providing detailed information about packaged foods, including ingredients, nutritional values, warnings and expiration dates, that information is essential for consumers to make informed decisions about the foods they buy and consume.

In this sense, significant progress has been made in recent years in food labeling in Chile, with the aim of improving the information available to consumers and promoting healthier eating habits.

Food labeling regulations in Chile

In recent years, Chile has introduced stricter regulations regarding food labeling, with the goal of improving public health and reducing high rates of obesity and diet-related diseases.

Furthermore, these regulations require that packaged foods meet certain labeling requirements, including information on the content of sugar, saturated fat, sodium and calories, warnings about the high content of sugar, saturated fat, sodium and calories are placed on the packages of foods that exceed the limits established by health authorities.

These measures are effective in informing consumers about the nutritional quality of food. Photo: MinisterioSalud.ch

Warning labels or black seals

Chile was a pioneer in the development of warning seals, and was the first country to establish them at the national level, and they are placed on a mandatory basis on food packages that exceed the established limits of sugar, saturated fat, sodium and calories.

In addition, the goal of these seals is to provide consumers with a clear warning about foods that may contain high levels of unhealthy nutrients.

More detailed information about nutrition

In addition to basic nutritional values, such as calorie content and macronutrients, manufacturers must now include information on essential micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, additional information helps consumers make more informed decisions about the nutritional quality of the foods they buy.

Prohibition of advertising directed at children

In an effort to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy eating habits, Chile has banned junk food advertising aimed at children. The aim of this measure is to reduce children’s exposure to advertising messages that promote foods with a high content of sugar, saturated fat and sodium.

In addition, this restriction helps protect children’s health and promote a balanced diet from an early age.


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