In September 2021, the substitutive draft Bill 22.065 of 2020 was published which seeks to introduce Front-of-Pack (FOP) labelling in Costa Rica. The proposal was debated on 17 August 2021.
The new version of the draft bill differs from the original bill by introducing:
- Specific FOP labelling based on black and white octagons with the warning statement “EXCESS” for sugar, fat, saturated fats, trans fats, sodium and calories.
- Nutrient profiles from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) are proposed to be adopted.
- Warning statements for products containing non-caloric sweeteners and caffeine labelled as (“CONTAINS SWEETENERS – NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN” and “CONTAINS CAFFEINE – NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN AND PEOPLE SENSITIVE TO CAFFEINE”).
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