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Cine y Pediatría 8
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Vol. 22 - Num. 85

Original Papers

Application of NutriScore and warning labels in foods targeting children in Spain

Félix Alexis Morales Rodrígueza

aConcísate. (Divulgación sobre Consumo, Ciencia y Salud). Tacoronte. Santa Cruz de Tenerife. España.

Correspondence: FA Morales. E-mail: felixamorales@gmail.com

Reference of this article: Morales Rodríguez FA. Application of NutriScore and warning labels in foods targeting children in Spain. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2019;21 [en prensa].

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Abstract

Introduction: to assess the implementation of interpretative front-of-pack labeling in foods targeting children in Spain.

Methods: a descriptive study was carried out, assessing 19 food products advertised on the leading children’s television network with advertising in Spain. The NutriScore scheme and nutrient-specific warning labels were used in the analysis, which was based on the nutrition information and nutrition and health claims appearing on these products in 2018.

Results: of the foods included in the sample, 94.7% received scores in the bottom three NutriScore categories (C, D, E), and 78.9% were given at least one warning label. Nutrition claims appeared on 52.6% of these foods, of which 90% had one of the two lowest NutriScore ratings (D, E) and 80% had at least one warning label.

Conclusion: the introduction of front-of-pack interpretative labeling for food products holds potential as a valuable public-health tool in Spain, aiding efforts to identify unhealthy foods targeting children and curb childhood obesity.

Keywords

Food advertising Legislation Nutrition, Public Health Obesity

 

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