In Russia he proposed the introduction of mandatory labeling of harmful products

Being overweight is a global problem

The problem of overweight has long been global and requires a solution not only in Russia. Between 1975 and 2016, the share of obese people in the world tripled among adults and almost seven times among children. According to official studies, being overweight is the main factor in the development of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, certain types of cancer and musculoskeletal disorders, say experts from the World Health Organization (WHO).

To combat obesity, the WHO proposes placing a special warning label on the front of food packaging. According to the creators of the initiative, this will help minimize the impact of junk food and fast food marketing on children and adolescents.

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,” he explained.

The introduction of mandatory labeling at the legislative level will draw the Russians’ attention to the problem and help them pay more attention to the composition and encourage them to choose the least harmful products, while domestic producers will be encouraged to create more useful ones, as they do not it will 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 categorization “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”. “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 introducing the label, it is necessary to check the safety of the products and decide who will monitor their composition.


What they say to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation

The Deputy Director of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia Vladimir Skvortsov, where Dmitry Davydov sent a request on the issue, reminded that food produced for consumer circulation in the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) must be safe in accordance with the requirements of Customs EAEU Association.

Rospotrebnadzor has already developed a color labeling system based on the content of added sugar, salt, saturated fatty acids and trans-isomers in various products. It is true that to use it or not, the manufacturers themselves have the right to decide.

“This color indication is voluntary and is intended to provide the consumer with more detailed and visual information about the content of individual substances in it,” said Dmitry Davidov, the ministry’s response.

The display 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 being sold in kindergartens, educational institutions and excluded from the school meal program. “The buyer needs not only knowledge of the composition of the product he consumes, but also a professional opinion on how this product can be harmful to him. Therefore, for example, in Israel or Chile, a product risk warning is published on the packaging on behalf of the Ministry of Health, as a valid independent body that can adversely affect the body of one or another component of the product. Similar to the health warnings on cigarette packs, products high in sodium, sugar, trans fats and calories should be clearly marked on the packaging.

There is no age limit for food products and, consequently, children and adolescents are easily affected by junk food due to the fact that their level of development does not adequately assess the damage that can be caused by excessive consumption of sweet, salty or fatty foods. food. In addition, taste habits are formed in childhood and frequent consumption of unhealthy foods can cause addiction. “Therefore, according to the WHO recommendation, a clear position of the state is required to restrict the activity of marketing of potentially dangerous food products”, Davydov commented.

Dmitry Davidov’s proposal needs legislative support. If the initiative is accepted, some tasks will be solved:

• Consumers will know that labeled products are dangerous to health.

• Producers will be encouraged to make healthier foods.

• Incidents of food abuse will be significantly reduced.

The overall result, according to experts, will be to improve the health of the population and reduce mortality in the country.

Earlier in the article “MK in Novosibirsk” said that in Russia again postponed the sale of “high-prestige” license plates.

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