Food industry influence on international labeling policies: a report
The report documents the food industry’s strategies to defeat warning labels on ultra-processed food products (UPP).
1. Protect the UPP industry’s reputation and brands through corporate washing;
2. Influence policies through multilateral bodies to delay implementation and threaten countries with legal and economic concerns;
3. Divert attention from its corporate responsibility on the damage to environmental and human health to blame individuals for their behaviors;
4. Imply that their products contribute to health, the environment, and society while blocking the development and implementation of healthy food policies; and
5. Seek loopholes in regulations to continue promoting ultraprocessed products.
For example, here is how strategy #5 was implemented in Mexico:
Here, also for example, is image #27:
What should civil society organizations be doing to counter industry tactics?
- Monitor and unmask industry practices
- Use legal strategies
- Avoid loopholes, gaps, and ambiguities when developing labeling policies
- Demand transparency and no conflicts of interest
This report is exceptionally well documented, covers an enormous range of countries, and gives a quick but compelling overview of how the food industry operates internationally to product product sales.