MEXICO STRENGTHENS FOOD AND DRINKS LABELS

Bottle products on supermarket shelf

Mexican legislators implemented a new law to strengthen food and beverage warning labels on grocery products. The new labels seek to help in solving the country’s current obesity and diabetes epidemic.

According to reports, an estimated 70 percent of adults and a third of the child population in Mexico are overweight or obese. The country also ranks first in the world in consumption of processed foods. In efforts to counter these alarming issues, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced an unprecedented nutritional informational campaign in early October.

The latest bill requires manufacturers to display front-of-pack labels for processed foods and non-alcoholic beverages that are high in sugar, sodium or saturated fat. Similar regulations have been adapted in Chile, Ecuador and France.