Mexico Has the Right Idea on Food Packaging

When it comes to advising consumers about products that are high in fat, sugar, sodium and calories, Mexico has taken a step in the right direction. New warning labels have begun to arrive in supermarkets across the country. Black octagons are placed on products that are high in saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium or calories. Products containing caffeine and artificial sweeteners will also bear warning labels indicating that they should not be consumed by children. Those products also cannot include children’s characters, animations, cartoons, celebrities, athletes or pets on their packaging. By law, any products that exceed the government’s health standards must carry the warning labels no later than March 31, 2021.