Food Labeling Rules Come into Force in Chile

Starting June 2018 packaged products sold in the South American country must have a label warning about the high contents of sugars, sodium, saturated fats and calories.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The so-called "Law No. 20606" has been in force since June 2016, but last week the deadline was reached for companies that export processed and packaged food products to Chile to comply with the provisions.

See "Import of food supplies continues to rise"

Companies that market packaged foods in Chile must comply with the new maximum limits established for the critical nutrients of sugar, sodium, calories and saturated fats.  Starting in June, companies will have to further reduce critical nutrient levels in solid and liquid foods.  If they do not comply with this, they must carry a warning stamp with the phrase   "High in ..." on the label, explains the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) in a statement. 

See also: "Central American Food Market - Mexico"

Add Agexport that " ... The objective of the law is to reduce the obesity rates of the population, in Chile, more than 60% of the population is overweight, according to the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture." 

See "Law 20,606 on the nutritional composition of foods and their advertising"

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