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. 7 (2020)

Text of the recommendation

The adoption and implementation of front-of-package warning labelling is a rights-compliant response. By delivering clear and complete information in a simple way, it encourages consumers to make informed decisions about their diets, without making additional efforts or requiring qualified knowledge. This allows individuals to decide what they want to eat according to their preferences, tastes and health status. At the same time, front-of-package warning labelling promotes healthy decisions, discourages the consumption of food products that can have a detrimental impact on health, and counteracts the effects of living in an obesogenic environment.


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. 7. Available at: https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Health/SRRH_Statement_FOPL_NCDs_07242020.docx