The Americas – Mexico: Opposition to NOM 051 on food and beverage labeling

The Ministry of Economy is facing 162 lawsuits seeking to overturn the regulatory changes underpinning the new front-end labeling of prepackaged food and non-alcoholic beverages that went into effect in 2020, however, it reserved the identity of the plaintiffs and the companies or groups they represent.

Of the 162 lawsuits mentioned above, 135 are amparo lawsuits, which are filed in different administrative courts and tribunals of the Federal Judicial Branch, and 27 are nullity lawsuits, filed before the Federal Court of Administrative Justice”.

The Americas – Argentina: New seal to certify plant-based products

The Association of Plant-Based Food Producers created an alliance with the “International Vegan Certificate” certifier to bring safety to vegan and vegan friedly establishments.
The alliance between the two arises due to the lack of guidelines on compliance with the approval of related suppliers in the country, and therefore, this seal is based on the strictest international standards that are supported by the international standard ISO 23662:2021, which provides assurance and transparency in the processes of certified companies.

The Americas – Argentina: Public consultation to regulate the use of trans fats in foods

The initiative presented to the National Food Commission (CONAL in Spanish) and available for public consultation proposes to update the current regulations on the presence of trans fats in commercialized foods, with the aim of improving their regulation and guaranteeing the right to health for all.

ARTICLE 1. – Article 155 tris of the Argentine Food Code is hereby replaced and shall be worded as follows: “Article 155 tris: The content of industrially produced trans fatty acids in foods, including those used as ingredients and raw materials, shall not exceed 2% of the total content of trans fatty acids in foods, including those used as ingredients and raw materials. ingredients and raw materials, shall not exceed 2% of the total fats. These limits do not apply to fats from ruminants, including milk fat.

The use of partially hydrogenated oils and fats in the production of foods, ingredients and raw materials is prohibited”.

The Americas – Brazil: Amendment to the regulatory instruction on the copper limit in chestnuts

The National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA in Spanish) published the modification of Normative Instruction (IN) 88, dated March 26, 2021, which establishes the Maximum Tolerable Limit (MRL) of contaminants for food. The change is limited to the increase of the MRL for metallic copper established for the category “Chestnuts, including walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and almonds”, from 10 mg/kg to 30 mg/kg.

Around the World – EU: Marketing of mung bean (Vigna radiata) protein as a novel food is authorized

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/673 of 22 April 2022 authorising the placing on the market of mung bean (Vigna radiata) protein as a novel food under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470.