Costa Rica

INFORMAS in Costa Rica is run by MS Adriana Blanco-Metzler and MS Maria Montero-Campos

Background: Since the 1980s, Costa Rica has been carrying out research, monitoring and supporting national food labeling regulation. In the same way, has been generating data, verifying the compliance with national legislation and participating on the food composition networks COSTA RICAFODS / LATINFOODS / INFOODS of FAO/WHO. More recently, is implementing the national program on salt reduction and participating in the Technical Advisory Group of Salt Reduction of the PAHO/WHO Initiative.

INFORMAS Modules: Costa Rica is leading the Project IDRC #108167 “Scaling-up and evaluating salt reduction policies and programs in Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru and Paraguay)”. This project includes two of the INFORMAS modules: Food Labeling and Food Composition.

A partnership was built with the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), Guatemala to analyze food labeling of processed food targeted to children data generated in 2015 by the Costa Rican team.

MS. Adriana Blanco-Metzler

Researcher in Food Science and Nutrition.

Project Leader- Scaling-up and evaluating salt reduction policies and programs in Latin American Countries.

Unit of Health and Nutrition of the Costa Rican Institute of Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA),

Tres Ríos, Costa Rica, Centroamérica

Phone: (506) 2279-9911 Ext. 170

Email: ablanco@inciensa.sa.cr


ms. maria de los angeles montero-camposMS. María de los Ángeles Montero-Campos

Researcher in Food Technology and Epidemiology

Unit of Health and Nutrition of the Costa Rican Institute of Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA),

Tres Ríos, Costa Rica, Centroamérica

Phone: (506) 2279-9911 Ext. 146

Email: mmontero@inciensa.sa.cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Module Status (as of May 2018) Outputs
Public Sector (Food EPI)
Private Sector
Food Composition
  • Data analysis and dissemination
  • Proficiency test and selection of foods for direct analysis in process.
4,5, 7, 10, 11,15, 17
Food Labelling
  • Data analysis and dissemination
  • Data collection in process (pilot study)
1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,12, 13, 14, 16, 18,19,20
Food Promotion
Food Prices
  •  Protocol has been developed
Food Retail
Food Provision
Food Trade & Investment

Publications and conference presentations (with INFORMAS protocols)

  1. Gamboa T, Blanco-Metzler A, Vandevijvere S, Ramirez-Zea, Kroker-Lobos MF. Claims and promotional strategies declared on front-of-pack processed and ultra-processed products related with children and adolescents’ obesity in Costa Rica. Poster presentation American Society of Nutrition, Experimental Biology, Chicago, April 2017.
  2. Gamboa T, Blanco-Metzler A, Vandevijvere S, Ramirez-Zea, Kroker-Lobos MF. Claims and promotional strategies declared on front-of-pack processed and ultra-processed products related with children and adolescents’ obesity in Costa Rica. Manuscript in preparation.

Publications and conference presentations (without INFORMAS protocols)

  1. Tiscornia MV, Heredia-Blonval K, Allemandi L, Blanco-Metzler A, Ponce M, Montero-Campos MA, Castronuvo L, Schoj V. Sugar Content in Non-Alcoholic Beverages Marketed in Argentina and Costa Rica. Revista Argent Salud Pública, 2017; 8 (30): 20-25.
  2. Blanco A; Montero MA; Heredia K; Cubillo N; Benavides K; Alfaro V; Núñez, H; Legetic, B; L’Abbe, M. Experiences in Costa Rica implementing a comprehensive program for salt reduction. In: II World Nutrition Conference. Cape Town, South Africa. August 30-September 2, 2016.
  3. Blanco-Metzler A, Montero-Campos MA; Heredia-Blonval K; Legetic B; Grajeada R; L’Abbe M. Progresses and plans of the Program to Reduce Salt/ Sodium Intake in the Population of Costa Rica. In: II World Nutrition Conference. Cape Town, South Africa. August 30-September 2, 2016.
  4. Montero- Campos M, Blanco-Metzler A, Chan-Chan V. 2015 Sodium in breads and snacks of high consumption in Costa Rica. Basal content and verification of nutritional labeling. Rev Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutrición (ALAN) 65(1): 36-43.
  5. Report presented to Ministry of Health and Advisers of Costa Rica on “Analysis of the situation of the supply and acquisition of non-alcoholic sweetened beverages in households in Costa Rica”. Tres Ríos, Costa Rica. February 15, 2015. (Adriana Blanco Katrina Heredia, and María de los Ángeles Montero).
  6. Report presented to Ministry of Health and Advisers of Costa Rica on “Situation of nutrition labeling in Costa Rica”. Tres Ríos, Costa Rica. November 12, 2014. (Adriana Blanco, Katrina Heredia, Adrián Fatjó and MA Montero).
  7. Blanco-Metzler A, de Pablo S, Samman N, Salazar de Ariza J, Masson L, de Núñez L y Wenzel de Menezes, E. LATINFOODS activities and challenges during the period of 2009-2012. Revista Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutrición Volumen 64, No 3, 2014.
  8. Heredia-Blonval K, Blanco-Metzler A, Montero-Campos M, Dunford E. The salt content of products from popular fast-food chains in Costa Rica. 2014 Appetite 83: 173-177.
  9. Blanco-Metzler A, Heredia-Blonval K, Dunford E, Montero-Campos MA. Adaptation of smartphone technology to collect and examine the nutritional composition of processed foods in Costa Rica. 10th International Food Data Conference, Granada, Spain. September 2013.
  10. Blanco-Metzler A by The Food Monitoring Group. 2013. Progress with a global branded food composition database. Food Chemistry140 (3): 451–457.
  11. Heredia-Blonval K, Blanco-Metzler A, Dunford E, Montero-Campos MA. Salt content in products of the most popular fast-food chains visited by families in Costa Rica. 10th International Food Data Conference, Granada, Spain. September 2013.
  12. Montero Campos MA, Blanco-Metzler A, Chan Chan V, Heredia-Blonval K. Verification of sodium content in breads and snacks in Costa Rica. 10th International Food Data Conference, Granada, Spain. September 2013.
  13. Blanco-Metzler A, Montero-Campos MA, Núñez-Rivas H, Gamboa-Cerda C, Sánchez G. Avances en la reducción del consumo de sal y sodio en Costa Rica. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2012, 32 (4): 316-320.http://www.scielosp.org/pdf/rpsp/v32n4/11.pdf.
  14. Blanco-Metzler A by FAO/INFOODS. 2012. FAO/INFOODS Guidelines for Checking Food Composition Data prior to the Publication of a User Table/Database-Version 1.0. FAO, Rome Available on line: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/food_composition/documents/Guidelines_data_checking_02.pdf
  15. Blanco-Metzler A by The Food Monitoring Group. 2012. International collaborative project to compare and track the nutritional composition of fast foods. BMC Public Health, 12:559. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/559
  16. Jiménez J., Gómez G., Pérez A. and Blanco-Metzler A. 2012. Estimation of glycemic index of peach palm (Bactris gasipaes) cooked fruits and chips, and pitahaya (Hylocereus spp.) pulp. ALAN, 62 (3):242-248. http://www.alanrevista.org/ediciones/2012/3/?i=art6
  17. Blanco-Metzler A, Roselló-Araya M, Núñez-Rivas HP. 2011. Situación basal de la información nutricional declarada en las etiquetas de los alimentos comercializados en Costa Rica. Revista Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutrición, 61 (1): 87-95.
  18. Dunford E, Webster J, Blanco A, Wolmarans P, L’Abbe M, Ni Mhurchu C, Yan L, Czernichow S, MacGregor G, Van Rossum C, Westenbrink S, Snowdon S, de Núñez L, Shoj V, Hassell T, Wenzel de Menezes E, Ortiz J, Salazar de Ariza J, Barquera S, Reyes Garcia M, Neal B. Protocol for an international collaborative project to compare and monitor the nutritional composition of processed foods. 2011 Europ. J. of Cardiov. Prevention & Rehabilitation. Publicado en línea 4-10-2011, doi: 10.1177/17418267114257771.
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