[PASSED] Pre-Packaged Food Labels

The World Assembly (WA),

Noting the frequent trade in pre-packaged food products between WA states;

Believing that consumers would be better informed to make decisions on their own well-being if labels on products from different WA states are reasonably standardized to ease comparison, and contain pertinent information for the consumer;

The WA hereby enacts as follows:


    "Authority" means one or more government entities (at the national or sub-national levels) designated by a WA state to be in charge of formulating, enforcing and interpreting the regulations.

    "Food" means anything farmed, grown, or developed for consumption by sapient individuals.

    "Regulations" means all standards and requirements for templates and labelling for products according to clauses (2) to (4).

    "Product" means any pre-packaged food.


    Each authority is to set forth templates for labels set out in clause 4.

    All products imported into, distributed in, or sold in a WA state (say "state A") must carry labels set out in clause 4, providing an accurate profile of the contents of that particular product, using the templates developed by state A's authority for state A.

Customized labels.

    All labels are to be customized for the sapient inhabitants of that WA state.

    Additional standards shall be set if needed for inhabitants in different stages of their life cycles, such as infants, or if a WA state is inhabited by multiple sapient species.

    Each authority may require products made, distributed, or sold in that WA state carry such additional labels as it deems necessary.

    All labels must be prominently displayed on (or affixed to) the packaging of the product. If detailed disclosures are required, an electronic link (provided internet service is broadly available in that WA state) displayed on the packaging is acceptable.

Types of labels required.

    Additives labels must include all pertinent information on any additives deliberately added to the product, such as for technology, sensory, production, or other reasons.

    Allergies labels must include all pertinent information on any ingredients that the authority deems likely to trigger adverse reactions, such as milk and nuts, and whether the facilities that make that product also process ingredients that may trigger such reactions.

    Cannibalism labels must warn targeted consumers if the product involves cannibalism, such as products made for humans that include human placenta.

    Ingredients labels must include all pertinent information on the main ingredients of that product.

    Nutrient labels must provide pertinent analysis of the nutrition of the product tailored for the targeted consumer, such as energy values, proteins, vitamins, fats, and minerals.

    Storage labels must provide instructions on proper storage of the product (both before and after opening), taking into account the technological sophistication of the WA state and other local conditions such as weather.

    Technology labels must include all pertinent information on any processing technologies used in making the product, such as irradiation, dry salting, or reconstitution.

    Warning labels must include all pertinent information on any ingredients that the authority deems to be harmful to the targeted consumer.


    Each authority is responsible for enforcing its own regulations in its own jurisdiction, including ensuring that the labels are not materially false or deceptive through such means, such as random tests and verification from time to time, as it deems necessary.

    For example, if a WA state (“state A”) imports its products from another state ("state B"), state A’s authority is responsible for ensuring that such products comply with the regulations of state A.

    The distributors and sellers of products in WA states are jointly and severally liable on ensuring that all products sold or distributed in a WA state are in compliance with that state's regulations.

Database. Each WA state is to:

    collate all templates for all labels issued by the authorities in that state in an up-to-date database, including any imports from other states;

    ensure that the database is accessible free of charge through convenient means.

More info here: NationStates • View topic - [AT VOTE] - Pre-Packaged Food Labels

This resolution is now up for vote.

Bai Lung will vote AGAINST.

Pre-Packaged Food Labels was passed 8,213 votes to 3,430.