Fact sheet | Front-of-package nutrient labels

Fact sheet describing how front-of-package (FOP) labels can help consumers make informed, healthier choices. Learn about the evidence behind different FOP labels, what types of labels are in use around the world today, and the key elements needed for developing and effective FOP labelling policy. Updated September 2020

Fact sheet | Ultra-processed foods

Fact sheet describing ultra-processed foods and drinks and the threat they pose to public health worldwide as they make up increasingly greater portions of the global diet. Learn how to identify ultra-processed products; review the evidence for their association with a multitude of risk factors, diseases, and mortality; and explore policy options to reduce consumption. […]

Maps | Front-of-package labelling

Global maps showing both mandatory and voluntary front-of-package labelling schemes used in countries around the world. Includes maps highlighting countries with front-of-package warning label policies. Updated September 2021


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