Global Nutrition Database for Packaged Food

Chile

National Policy Response

Country targets

Sodium

Voluntary target set for 2012 applied to one category (bread) 

Fat

No targets

Sugar

No targets

Other relevant packaged food policies

Front-of-Package Labeling Regulations

Mandatory Law 20.606 on the Nutrient Composition of Food and its Advertising (English summary) includes: mandatory warning labels as well as marketing and procurement restrictions on products with labels, passed in 2012 

Marketing Restrictions

As per Law 20.606, advertising and promotion of products with at least 1 front of package warning label, which are directed at children under fourteen years, are prohibited. Further, they cannot be marketed, promoted and advertised within nursery, basic and secondary education establishments.

Trans Fatty Acid Regulations 

Best practice passed 2011 

Fiscal Policies

Packaged Food Sampling

2015 – 2017

Years 2015 – 2016 2017 Longitudinal subsample*
Products sampled 4,055 3,025 1,915

*i.e., products collected in both the pre- and post-implementation periods

Methods

Data was collected from six major supermarket chain stores in high-income neighborhoods in Santiago, Chile in three waves: two in pre-implementation phase (2015 and 2016) and one in post-implementation phase (2017) of the Chilean law on food labelling and advertising. The law requires that packaged foods and beverages with added sodium, sugar and saturated fats content above the defined thresholds must display up to four front-of-package warning labels that read “high in [nutrient of concern].” Upon obtaining photographs of all the relevant products, trained dieticians documented the amount of each nutrient (total energy, sodium, total sugar, total saturated fat) per 100 g or 100 ml.

Products were then categorized into 17 groups. Information on sodium, sugar and saturated fat content per 100 g or 100 ml was reported by median and interquartile range.

Data source

Changes in the amount of nutrient of packaged foods and beverages after the initial implementation of the Chilean Law of Food Labelling and Advertising: A nonexperimental prospective study

Citation: Reyes M, Smith Taillie L, Popkin B, Kanter R, Vandevijvere S, Corvalán C. Changes in the amount of nutrient of packaged foods and beverages after the initial implementation of the Chilean Law of Food Labelling and Advertising: A nonexperimental prospective study.\_PLoS Med. 2020;17(7):e1003220. Published 2020 Jul 28. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1003220

Contact

Camila Corvalan

Researcher, Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA), University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

[email protected]

Institutions involved in data collection

Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA), University of Chile, and the University of North Carolina