Front-of-Package Warning Labelling (FOPWL)
The HCC is committed to promoting healthy food policies which ensure that all Caribbean citizens including children and young people have access to healthy nutritious food. Front-of-package Warning Labelling is one such policy which HCC and our member CSOs across the region are advocating for as part of HCC’s broader regional programme of work to tackle the epidemic of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and the growing crisis of overweight and obesity among Caribbean children, as detailed in Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Prevention Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean (CSAP). Given the strong link between severe COVID-19 illness and obesity, our FOPWL advocacy also forms part of the HCC COVID-19 Advocacy and Communication Strategy (of which one of the key objectives is to promote access to, and consumption of healthy foods); and supports the HCC/ OECS Joint statement on Strengthening Food and Nutrition Security in the Caribbean: A Legacy Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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- What Is Front-of-Package Warning Labelling (FOPWL)?
- Why Do We Need Front-of-Package Warning Labelling (FOPWL)?
- The Scientific Evidence To Support Octagonal Front-of-Package Warning Labelling (FOPWL)
- Front-of-Package Warning Labelling (FOPWL) – A Critical Part of Broader Strategy To Encourage Healthier Diets
- The Process To Develop a CARICOM Front-of-Package Warning Labelling (FOPWL) Standard
- Support for Front-of-package Warning Labelling (FOPWL)
- Press Releases
- Regional Media Coverage
- Now More Than Ever: Better Labels, Better Choices, Better Health Regional Campaign
- FOPWL Social Media Materials For Your Advocacy
- More information on FOPWL
Regional campaign “Now More than Ever: Better Labels, Better Choices, Better Health” launched by The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), UNICEF and the OECS Commission to raise awareness about the impact of childhood overweight and obesity and the regional NCD epidemic, while promoting children’s right to nutritious foods and mobilising public and policymaker support for the adoption of the octagon shaped warning labels on the front of packaged foods as the best way to help Caribbean citizens identify products that are high in sugars, fats and salt.
More on Front-of-Package Warning Labels
 Pan American Health Organization. Front-of-package labeling as a policy tool for the prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in the Americas. Available here: https://iris.paho.org/handle/10665.2/52740
 An evaluation of Chile’s Law of Food Labeling and Advertising on sugar-sweetened beverage purchases from 2015 to 2017: A before-and-after study (plos.org)
 Predicting obesity reduction after implementing warning labels in Mexico: A modeling study (plos.org)
 Pan American Health Organization. Superior efficacy of Front-of-package Warning Labels In Jamaica. Available from: https://iris.paho.org/handle/10665.2/53328