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Code for Children and Adolescents (Law No. 1098 of 2006)

Objectives:

The Code establishes substantive and procedural norms for the comprehensive protection of children's rights, which includes the provision of a balanced and healthy diet.

Scope:

Among its provisions, the Code for Children and Adolescents (in Spanish, “Código de la Infancia y la Adolescencia”) provides that:

  • Children have the right to life, quality of life, and a healthy environment, which comprises the provision of a balanced and healthy diet (Art. 17);
  • The obligations of the family, society, and the State include providing children with the necessary conditions to achieve adequate nutrition and health for their physical, mental, intellectual, and emotional development (Art. 39);
  • The Social Health Security System [Sistema de Seguridad Social de Salud] has the obligation, inter alia, to monitor nutritional trends and to improve diet habits (Art. 46);