The Ombudsman’s Office sued the Executive Power to observe the autograph of the law on food of special diets for vulnerable populations, which reaches formulas and preparations for infants, girls and boys, and which proposes excluding the obligation to use octagons.
Through its social networks, the institution assured that the Ministry of Health (Minsa) and President Dina Boluarte have the “obligation to guarantee that all processed foods, including those in special diets, contain advertising warnings, complying with the Law on Healthy Eating and Supreme Court ruling.
“Advertising warnings are included when the processed food is high in sodium, sugar and saturated fat, information that allows the protection and promotion of the right to health and adequate nutrition of infants and children who require it.“indicated the Ombudsman.
As recalled, in 2013 the Healthy Eating Law, which ruled that products with a high content of sugar, salt, saturated fat and trans fat carry warning octagons that, in turn, give the user freedom of information about what they consume. It also aimed to deal with problems such as obesity, diabetes, among other diseases.
However, by 2017 the industry influences so that infant formulas are considered “special products” and do not carry the indications for excess sugars, indicates Huerta. As a result of this, the following year (2018), the Public Ministry requests, through a popular action, that the Judiciary eliminate the provision to exclude infant formulas from carrying warning octagons.
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