- Sodium: No targets
- Sugar: No targets
- Saturated fat: No targets
Packaged food sampling
Number products sampled:
- Pre-implementation phase (2015 and 2016): 4,055
- Post-implementation phase (2017): 3,025
- Longitudinal subsample (i.e., products collected in both the pre- and post-implementation periods: 1,915
Date collected: July 2015 – February 2016
Nutrient types: sodium, sugar, saturated fat
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.
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
Researcher, Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA), University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Institutions involved in data collection
Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA), University of Chile, and the University of North Carolina