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It is proposed that Russian producers be required to label food products high in sugar, saturated fat, sodium and calories with special labels.
The author of “20 Ideas for Russia’s Development” Dmitry Davydov proposes the introduction of new measures to combat harmful products in the country.
Being overweight is a global problem
The problem of overweight must be addressed not only in Russia, but in the World Health Organization (WHO) is called global.
In 1975-2016, the percentage of adults suffering from obesity in the world has tripled, while among children it has almost increased sevenfold, while being overweight is a key factor in the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer and musculoskeletal disorders, he emphasizes. WHERE.
To combat obesity, the WHO is proposing to place special warning labels on the front of food packaging and to minimize the impact of unhealthy food marketing on children and adolescents. The most developed country in South America – Chile – was the first in the world to follow these recommendations.
As a result, total per capita calorie intake there was reduced by 15%, sugar consumption by 20% and saturated fat by 27%.
After Chile, many countries began to use labels, such as Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Canada and Israel.
In Israel, by the way, they introduced a system of red and green labels. The former warn of a high content of harmful substances, while the green ones, on the contrary, are a confirmation of the recognition of the product as useful.
Marking is the right decision
Dmitry Davydov’s idea was supported by a general practitioner from Novosibirsk, a pulmonologist at the Expert Clinic, Valeria Ustimenko.
“The food labeling initiative will only positively affect the overall health of the population in the context of a worrying increase in diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and dyslipidemia. Patients with these diseases need to monitor not only their total calorie intake, but also the amount of fat, sugar and salt they consume.
The label will really draw the Russians’ attention to the composition and encourage them to choose the least harmful products, and domestic producers will be encouraged to create more useful ones, as it will not be possible to hide the composition, the expert noted.
The introduction of the labeling of meat products has positive results, the doctor reminded.
Many people are familiar with the “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” categorizations. “More and more often there are products that primarily emit their advantage – category” A “”, stressed the therapist.
The initiative of Dmitry Davydov was also considered useful by the candidate of medical sciences, member of the Legislative Assembly of the Novosibirsk Region, Yakov Novoselov.
“The offer is really interesting and, of course, useful”,
he said, adding that before the labeling is introduced, it is necessary to establish product safety control and decide who will monitor their composition.
What they say to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation
The Russian Ministry of Agriculture, where Dmitry Davydov sent a request on the issue, reminded that the food was released into the territory
The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), in accordance with the requirements of the Customs Union, the EAEU must be safe.
They also said that Rospotrebnadzor, taking into account the analysis of the average daily food consumption in the country, has already developed a color indication system based on the content of added sugar, salt, saturated fatty acids and trans isomers in some products. It is true that to use it or not, the manufacturers themselves have the right to decide.
“This color indicator is voluntary and is intended to provide the consumer with more detailed and visual information about the content of individual substances in it”, –
said in the response of the ministry, which was received by Dmitry Davidov.
The indication system developed by Rospotrebnadzor reflects the system of red and green labels created by the Ministry of Health in Israel and, of course, is a step forward. However, it will only be really effective if it becomes mandatory, the author of 20 Ideas is sure. This is shown by the experience of foreign countries.
In addition to introducing the label, Dmitry Davydov proposes, as the WHO proposes, that the advertising of harmful products in the country be restricted and that they be banned from sale in kindergartens, educational institutions and excluded from the school meal program.
Dmitry Davidov’s proposal needs legislative support. If the initiative is accepted, some tasks will be solved:
- First, consumers will know that labeled products are dangerous to health.
- Second, producers will be motivated to produce healthier foods.
- Third, the frequency of food abuse will be significantly reduced.
The overall result will be an improvement in the health of the population and a reduction in mortality in the country.
Recall that earlier Dmitry Davydov proposed to officially sell to the Russian Federation “very prestigious” license plates with fewer characters through auctions. The author of the initiative is confident that such auctions will solve the long-term problem of the shadow market for “high prestige” license plates.