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    Nutrition Labeling for Airline Food in Brazil?

    Thursday, July 16th, 2009

    Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry (MPF) has “recommended” to all Brazilian airline companies* to comply with Law 10.674 (requiring consumers to be informed whether foods contain gluten or not) and existing National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (Anvisa) regulations on nutrition labeling (Resolutions RDC 359/03 and 360/03) within the next 30 days.  The Anvisa regulations impose mandatory nutrition […]

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    São Paulo Offers Packaging Bill for Public Comment

    Friday, May 22nd, 2009

    The Environment Secretariat (SMA) of São Paulo (SP) today published for public comment on its website a draft bill for a law on post-consumer packaging. The bill would create a rather complex shared responsibility system to ensure that post-consumer packaging in SP is either recycled or reused.  Anyone wishing to submit comments or suggested changes to the […]

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    A Scorecard for Sustainable Palm Oil

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    From the WWF:
    WWF to grade palm oil buyers
    Only one percent of the sustainable palm oil available on the market has been bought, according to new figures released by the WWF today.
    In a bid to speed up this “sluggish performance”, WWF will assess the world’s major users of palm oil over the next six months and […]

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    Pesticide Residue Levels in Brazilian Food

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

    Which fresh food sold in Brazil has been found most likely to present “irregular” pesticide residues — levels higher than those permitted by regulation, or even residues of pesticides banned or not authorized for use on the foodstuff it is found on?
    Peppers.  In 2008 more than 64% of the pepper samples analyzed by the National […]

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    Taking the Campaign on Advertising to Kids to the Streets of Santiago

    Sunday, March 15th, 2009
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    EPC “Awards” Manipulative Food Advertising to Children

    Thursday, March 12th, 2009

    As part of its efforts to get Mexican authorities to regulate the advertising of food and beverages to children, and to hold industry accountable to its commitments under its recently adopted national code of self-regulation on the issue, the consumer group The Power of the Consumer (EPC) recently released what it calls “awards” recognizing “the […]

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    ACODECO “Declares War on Junk Food”

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

    To commemorate World Consumer Rights Day, Panama’s Authority for Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition (ACODECO) hosted a forum on “No to the Marketing of Unhealthy Foods Targeted at Girls and Boys.”
    ACODECO’s Administrator, Pedro Meilán, opened the forum by noting the Authority’s role in protecting consumers in Panama and the alarming fact that Panama is […]

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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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    “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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