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Changes in Nutrient Declaration after the Food Labeling and Advertising Law in Chile: A Longitudinal Approach

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Carrera de Nutrición y Dietética, Facultad de Medicina-Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago 7610658, Chile
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Escuela de Salud Pública, Universidad de Chile, Santiago 7910000, Chile
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Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad de Santiago, Santiago 7940702, Chile
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Nutrients 2020, 12(8), 2371; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12082371
Received: 8 July 2020 / Revised: 2 August 2020 / Accepted: 6 August 2020 / Published: 8 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Nutrition and Public Health)
Chile has implemented several strategies to decrease the burden of obesity and chronic diseases. The Food Labeling and Advertising Law (Law 20.606) requires a front-of-package “high in” warning label when energy and nutrients of concern (ENC) (total sugar, saturated fats, sodium) exceed established limits. This study aims to evaluate the impact of Law 20.606 on the ENC declaration of packaged foods in Chile, before and after the law implementation. We analyzed food nutritional labeling declarations from 70% of the most consumed packaged foods in Chile. Data collection was conducted in 2013 and 2019 in Santiago. Pictures from all sides of the package were taken from 476 products, classified into 16 food groups. All food groups had changes in the ENC declaration during the study period. Total sugar content showed the highest reduction (−15.0%; p = 0.001). Dairy, confitures and similar and sugary beverages had the greatest reduction in energy and total sugar content (p < 0.01). Energy, total sugar and sodium front of package “high in” simulation was significantly reduced in dairy, sugary beverages, flour-based foods, confitures and similar, fish and seafoods, fats and oils, spices, condiments and sauces and sugars (p < 0.05). We observed that companies reformulated products to adapt to the new regulation. View Full-Text
Keywords: food policy; obesity prevention; front-of-package labels; warning label; energy and nutrients of concern declaration; Chile food policy; obesity prevention; front-of-package labels; warning label; energy and nutrients of concern declaration; Chile
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Quintiliano Scarpelli, D.; Pinheiro Fernandes, A.C.; Rodriguez Osiac, L.; Pizarro Quevedo, T. Changes in Nutrient Declaration after the Food Labeling and Advertising Law in Chile: A Longitudinal Approach. Nutrients 2020, 12, 2371. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12082371

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Quintiliano Scarpelli D, Pinheiro Fernandes AC, Rodriguez Osiac L, Pizarro Quevedo T. Changes in Nutrient Declaration after the Food Labeling and Advertising Law in Chile: A Longitudinal Approach. Nutrients. 2020; 12(8):2371. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12082371

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Quintiliano Scarpelli, Daiana; Pinheiro Fernandes, Anna C.; Rodriguez Osiac, Lorena; Pizarro Quevedo, Tito. 2020. "Changes in Nutrient Declaration after the Food Labeling and Advertising Law in Chile: A Longitudinal Approach" Nutrients 12, no. 8: 2371. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12082371

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