The largest country in South America, Brazil has faced rapid increases in overweight and obesity prevalence similar to its other countries in Latin America. Our UNC team has been collaborating with colleagues at the University of São Paulo since the early 1990s.

Implemented Policies

Resolution No. 38, Article 17 | Implemented 2009

Restrictions on unhealthy foods and drinks in schools

In addition to setting food and nutrition-based standards for the national school meal program, Resolution 38 (Article 17) prohibits the use of national funds to acquire low-nutritional drinks (eg, sodas) or processed foods exceeding thresholds for sodium and/or saturated fat to serve in schools. (Implemented in 2009, schools had until January 2010 to comply.)

Developing Policies

Proposed warning label in BrazilFront-of-package warning labels

The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA, a quasi-independent regulatory body with control over food labeling policies) is in the final stages of developing a front-of-package warning label policy.

ANVISA has engaged the public and industry in two consultations — one on the warning label itself (pictured right, © ANVISA), and one on the technical implementation for manufacturers. Both consultations are open for comment through December 9, 2019.

If approved, the label will be required on all products that exceed set nutrient thresholds for content of sugar, salt, and/or saturated fat.

Research Partners

Center for Epidemiological Research in Nutrition and Health, University of São Paulo (NUPENS, USP)
Núcleo de Pesquisas Epidemiológicas em Nutrição e Saúde, Universidade de São Paulo (NUPENS, USP)

NUPENS USP Brazil logoResearch Team

Carlos Monteiro, Professor
São Paulo University
Department of Nutrition
School of Public Health

Ana Clara Duran, Research Scientist
University of Campinas, UNICAMP
Research Fellow
Center for Epidemiological Studies in Nutrition and Health, NUPENS
University of São Paulo

 

Evaluations

No evaluations to date. We provide research support for advocacy efforts related to healthy eating and obesity prevention. Together with our partners, we plan to evaluate any forthcoming policies as they are passed/implemented.

 

Publications

Ricardo CZ, Peroseni IM, Mais LA, Martins APB, Duran AC. Trans fat labeling information of Brazilian packaged foods. Nutrients. 2019 Sep 6;11(9). pii: E2130. doi: 10.3390/nu11092130.

Khandpur N, Swinburn B, Monteiro CA. Nutrient-Based Warning Labels May Help in the Pursuit of Healthy Diets. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018 Nov;26(11):1670-1671. doi: 10.1002/oby.22318.

Under review

Duran AC, Claro RM, Schmidt I, Duncan B, Monteiro CA. Diabesity in Brazil: burden, trends, and challenges.

Duran AC, Ricardo CZ, Mais LA, Martins APB. Role of different nutrient profiling models in identifying targeted foods for front-of-package food labeling in Brazil. Rev Saude Publica.

Duran AC, Ricardo CZ, Mais LA, Martins APB, Taillie LS. Conflicting messages on food and beverage packages: front-of-package nutritional labeling, health and nutrition claims in Brazil. Public Health Nutrition.

Leite F, Mais LA, Calixto G, Claro RM, Guimarares JS, Ricardo CZ, Duran AC, Martins AP. Nutritional quality of foods and non-alcoholic beverages advertised on the three major Brazilian free-to-air TV channels: overview and policy implications. Nutrients.

Pereda P, Duran AC, Boarati V, Guidetti B. Economic burden of Diabetes Mellitus in Brazil.

Pereda P, Garcia C, Jaeger V. Price impact of a tax on sugary drinks in Brazil. BMC Public Health.