Food industry interference – Report

Food and beverage industry interference is defined as influencing legal frameworks and policy environments in order to delay, weaken or prevent the development of healthy eating policies. These companies and groups related to their interests carry out different actions to intervene in the development of public policies and to influence the academic world and science.

This report seeks to document the case of interference by the food industry in Argentina, within the framework of the debate and sanction of the Law for the Promotion of Healthy Eating (No. 27,642), better known as the Labeling Law, as well as the initiatives developed by civil society to counteract this interference.

This report, carried out with the financial support of the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), compiles the views of five civil society organizations that actively and jointly participated in the promotion of the law, and currently continue working towards its correct implementation: the Inter-American Heart Foundation Argentina (FIC Argentina), Consciente Colectivo, the Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (FUNDEPS), the Foundation
SANAR and the Argentine Federation of Nutrition Graduates (FAGRAN). These organizations, free of conflict of interest, began working together in 2021 and provided scientific evidence to justify the choice of labeling. In addition, they carried out advocacy actions with different political decision-makers during all the years in which the policy was debated, and carried out communication campaigns to inform and support the approval of the law.