2020 Food policy

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, par. 10 (2020)

Text of the recommendation

In the context of unhealthy diets, the obligation to protect the right to health, inter alia, requires the regulation of the activities of non-State actors, such as the food and beverage industries, to ensure they convey accurate, easily understandable, transparent and comprehensible information on their products. In particular, States should develop regulations and intervene, for instance, to restrict marketing of food products with excessive amounts of critical nutrients in order to protect public health. Such regulations should be implemented and monitored through indicators and benchmarks.


Special Rapporteur on the right to health. Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health on the adoption of front-of-package warning labelling to tackle NCDs, (2020). Par. 10. Available at: https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Health/SRRH_Statement_FOPL_NCDs_07242020.docx