Bulgaria: nutrition policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national nutrition policy actions in Bulgaria. Compare Bulgaria with other European countries in our NOURISHING policy index.

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Bulgaria implements policy actions in 6 of the 10 policy areas of the NOURISHING framework. The only policy area which received a good assessment refers to limits or removal of specific nutrients in food products (I1).

Gaps in regulations on food availability within the school vicinity, and on sugar-sweetened beverages in schools had an impact on otherwise well-designed standards on school food and food in out-of-education locations (O). Nutrition label standards and regulations (N1) only included existing EU level regulations, which need strengthening. Much more needs to be done in food marketing and advertising to young people, particularly in/around schools and at targeting different types of marketing (R).

No action was taken in just under half of the policy areas, and these should be prioritised. The national government should implement policies on nutrition advice and counselling in healthcare settings (N2) and nutrition education on curricula (G). Increased attention should be given to policies that target food environments and systems, specifically: using financial incentive which increase the availability and affordability of healthy food (U), creating a healthy retail and food service environment (S) along with food systems policies, such as on food procurement (H).

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Bulgaria’s results

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Bulgaria. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief, which compares Bulgaria with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the NOURISHING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Bulgaria, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.

Overview of nutrition policy status in Bulgaria

Bulgaria NOURISHING overview

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