Brazil

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. 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.

Policies

Resolution No. 38, Article 17 | Implemented April 28, 2009

Regulation of the National School Feeding Program

Resolution 38 (Article 17) set food- and nutrition-based standards for the national school meal program and 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.)

Resolution of the Collegiate Board 429 and Normative Instruction 75 | Passed October 9, 2020

Front-of-package warning labels

The National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA) published new regulations on nutrition labeling of packaged food products in October, 2020. They will go into effect in October, 2022 and will require front-of-package warning labels on packaged foods and beverages that exceed set levels of sugar, saturated fat, or sodium content per 100g (foods) or 100mL (beverages). The new model does not include warnings for non- caloric sweeteners, but it will limit the use of health claims in certain circumstances: Foods and drinks with warning labels for a given nutrient may no longer carry claims related to that nutrient. For example, products with a warning label for high saturated fat content cannot also use claims regarding fat (total, saturated, or trans fats or cholesterol).

More information

In-Country Team Leads

  • 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

Publications

  • Prevalence of low-calorie sweeteners and related front-of-package claims in the Brazilian packaged food supply
    Authors: Mariana Fagundes Grilo, Lindsey Smith Taillie, Camila Zancheta Ricardo, Laís Amaral Mais, Ana Paula Bortoletto Martins, Ana Clara Duran
    Published in: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, December 22, 2021

  • Conflicting Messages on Food and Beverage Packages: Front-of-Package Nutritional Labeling, Health and Nutrition Claims in Brazil
    Authors: Ana C. Duran, Camila Z. Ricardo, Lais A. Mais, Ana P. B. Martins, Lindsey S. Taillie
    Published in: Nutrients, December 5 2020 view full text

  • A research agenda to guide progress on childhood obesity prevention in Latin America
    Authors: Kline L, Jones-Smith J, Jaime Miranda J, Pratt M, Reis RS, Juan A. Rivera, Sallis JF, Barry M. Popkin.
    Published in: Obesity Reviews, July 2017 view full text

  • Nutrition Status of Children in Latin America
    Authors: Corvalán C, Garmendia ML, Jones-Smith J, Lutter CK, Miranda JJ, Lilia S. Pedraza, Barry M. Popkin, Ramirez-Zea M, Salvo D, Stein AD.
    Published in: Obesity Reviews, July 2017 view full text