The Americas – Mexico: Draft amendment to implement front labeling of transgenic products

Congresswoman Celeste Sánchez Romero (PT) presented an initiative to reform several provisions of the General Law on Health and Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms, with the purpose of guaranteeing the consumer’s right to information, through front labeling.

He stated that the information contained in the labels must be truthful, objective, clear, understandable, precise and useful for the consumer, in order to allow identifying at a glance the content of transgenic products.

In a press release, he stated that Mexico has a severe delay in the front labeling of transgenic products, which have a strong impact on the health of those who consume them, when they are consumed over a long period of time.

The Americas – Cuba: Draft Food Sovereignty and Food and Nutritional Security Law under analysis

The Plan for Food Sovereignty and Nutritional Education in Cuba must have a legislative framework that allows its regulation, which was discussed at the Ministry of Agriculture, through a legislative hearing convened by the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP).

The Americas – Argentina: Authorities remain tight-lipped on content of front-of-package food labeling regulation

Sources from the Ministry of Health assure that the draft is “in the final agreement stage” with the institutions “that participate in the development stage as well as in the subsequent implementation stage”. They do not specify when the final text will be known.

The Ministry of Health confirms that the regulation has been developed under an inter-sectorial agenda with all the actors involved; ministries and public bodies, civil society organizations, representatives of the industry chambers. All voices have been heard in order to carry out a responsible and comprehensive regulation, which allows the correct implementation of a public policy that promotes healthy habits and access to information in a clear and timely manner”.

Among the aspects that remain to be defined, an important one is the calorie seal. On this there is information, although incomplete: “The enforcement authority defined that in food and alcoholic beverages the application of the seal ‘excess calories’ will apply if they have at least one seal of excess sugars and/or total fat and/or saturated fat and when the energy value limits are equal to or greater than those established in Article 6” of the Law on Front Labeling.

The Americas – Panama: Interest groups oppose stopping discussion of the front-of-package food labeling law

Nutrition specialists have defended the continuation of the discussion of Bill 265, after hearing the request of businessmen to stop the bill, which would oblige imported and local food products to detail their nutritional information on the front of the packages.

The argument of the businessmen is that the norm cannot be implemented in the country because Panama is still in arrears with the rest of Central American countries in terms of establishing a general labeling technical regulation.

Around the World – EU: Italian Politicians Condemn Nutri-Score As Antithetical to MedDiet

Italian politi­cians con­tin­ued their cam­paign to derail the adop­tion of Nutri-Score as the European Union’s official front of pack labeling (FOPL) sys­tem at a recent series of events.

Italian officials once again criticized Nutri-Score as an overly simplistic way to evaluate food nutrition.

The officials further accused Nutri-Score of misleading consumers and directly attack­ing the Mediterranean diet. Instead, the officials lobbied to adopt Nutrinform Battery, the Italian alterna­tive that has also been widely criticized by its detractors.