Controversial Food Labeling Standard

In Guatemala, food industry businessmen are opposed to five bills that would change the rules on labeling and increase the tax on sugary drinks.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

According to the Guatemalan Chamber of Food and Beverages (CGAB), bills that aim to increase VAT from 12% to 20% on sugary drinks and change the labeling rules, are based on misinformation. 

The executive director of the CGAB, Enrique Lacs, explained to Elperiodico.com.gt that they are " ... in agreement that objective information be offered to the consumer on the label, but not with placing a red circle or an X next to the amount of sugar it contains".

See also "Confectionery and chocolates: Sweet business in Central America"

In relation to the subject, Manuel Torres, director of the CGAB explained that " ... there is a series of publications without scientific support that claim to hold processed foods responsible for causing diseases." 

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