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    INSP: México consume demasiado de las grasas dañinas

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009

    Desde el Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP):
    CONSUME POBLACIÓN MEXICANA 11% MÁS GRASAS DAÑINAS DE LO PERMITIDO

    El alto consumo de grasas dañinas aumenta el riesgo de enfermedades relacionadas con la dieta, como las cardiovasculares y cerebrovasculares
    Recomiendan especialistas el uso de aceites de origen vegetal, margarina suave de alta calidad en lugar de mantequilla, además de […]

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    Argentina Deepens Restrictions on Alcohol

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

    President Cristina Fernandez issued an implementing decree for the 12-year old Alcohol Act, deepening restrictions on alcohol beverage advertising and consumption and obliging social security services to treat the social consequences of its consumption.
    The signing ceremony was attended by the Ministers expected to implement the rules: Health, Graciela Ocaña; Labor, Carlos Tomada; Justice, Anibal Fernandez; […]

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    Federal Prosecutor Pressures Fast-Food Chains to Suspend Offering Toys with Meals

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

    The Federal Public Ministry (MPF) in São Paulo (PRSP) yesterday called for the Burger King, McDonald’s and Bob’s fast food chains to suspend the sale of promotional toys in their restaurants. He gave the companies ten days to meet the “recommendation.” The MPF also called for the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) to take a […]

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    Expertos dicen que la calidad de las grasas importa más que la cantidad

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

    Desde el Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP):
    Expertos a nivel mundial acuerdan que la calidad de las grasas que se consumen es más importante que la cantidad

    Los mexicanos consumen más del 40% de grasas saturadas de lo recomendado
    Existe gran confusión sobre el tipo de grasas que existen, así como la cantidad a consumir

    Dentro del marco […]

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    Public Ministry Opens Inquiry into Marketing of Breakfast Cereals

    Thursday, February 12th, 2009

    Based on filings submitted by the Alana Institute, the consumer group PROTESTE and the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), the Public Ministry (PM) of the State of São Paulo has opened an investigation into the marketing practices of Nestle and Kellogs regarding their breakfast cereals. Alana and PROTESTE tested 18 breakfast cereals of three […]

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    WHO Takes Aim at Alcohol

    Saturday, January 24th, 2009

    The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Executive Board (EB), meeting in Geneva this week, gave the WHO Secretariat the green light to prepare a global strategy on alcohol consumption.
    The EB is, as the name implies, WHO’s executive arm, giving direction to the Organization between its annual governing body meetings, the World Health Assembly (WHA) held every […]

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    “Cereal Offenses” in LAC

    Sunday, December 28th, 2008

    If you have kids and read the labels of foods you shop for or buy, you probably know well the struggle to avoid buying breakfast cereals that are not loaded with sugar and/or sodium (salt).  Sometimes even when you avoid the obvious culprits (after all, if the name is “frosted,” most of us can guess!), […]

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    LAC Consumer Groups Target “Junk Food”

    Thursday, December 25th, 2008

    In my earlier post about the Mexican industry code on advertising of food and beverages directed to children, I discussed efforts in Latin America (here, here, here, here, here and here) to get high-calorie and/or high-fat and/or high-sugar and/or salty foods out of schools and the push by consumer groups, led by Consumer International (CI), […]

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    McDonald’s Claims First “Ecological Restaurant” in Latin America

    Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

    McDonald’s just inaugurated what it claims to be the first “ecological restaurant” in Latin America — well, at least, the first one of their chain, anyway.  Take a look at why McDonald’s calls this an ecological restaurant and see if you agree:

    Arcos Dourados (“Golden Arches”), the company that manages the franchise network of McDonald’s restaurants […]

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    A Mexican Code on Food/Beverage Advertising to Children

    Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

    Recently the food and beverage industry in Mexico agreed on Code of Self-Regulation on the Advertising of Food and Beverages Directed at Children (Código de Autorregulación de Publicidad de Alimentos y Bebidas dirigida a Público Infantil – PABI).  The code of conduct, signed by companies representing about 70% of advertising in Mexico in the sector […]

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