In accordance with the Law for the Promotion of Healthy Eating for Children and Adolescents (Law Nº 30021) and its Regulation (adopted by Supreme Decree Nº 017-2017-SA), processed foods and non-alcoholic beverages that exceed the technical parameters established in the Regulation, specified through the Advertising Warnings Manual, must include Advertising Warnings (Octagons) on the front side of the label of the products, informing the consumer if the product is “HIGH IN SATURATED FAT”, “HIGH IN SUGAR”, “HIGH IN SODIUM” and/or “CONTAINS TRANS FATS”.
In the case of food and beverages manufactured in Peru, the Advertising Warnings must be printed on the label of the products, that is, they must be indelibly marked on the label and may not be partially or totally covered by any other element.
This situation does not apply in the case of food and beverages of foreign manufacture that are imported into the country, since the use of stickers containing the Advertising Warnings (Octagons) is allowed for such products. In fact, during the period of validity of Law Nº 30021, several Supreme Decrees have been issued extending the period for imported products to include the Advertising Warnings by the use of stickers, instead of having to include them in printed form on the labels.
Precisely, on December 31, 2022, Supreme Decree Nº 002-2022-SA was published, extending again the use of stickers with the Advertising Warnings (Octagons) in imported products until June 30, 2023. Thus, any food of foreign manufacture that is imported into the country and that exceeds the technical parameters indicated in the Regulation, may be marketed with the Advertising Warnings on stickers.