Brazil: Nutrition labeling: new rules take effect in 120 days

The new rules (RDC No. 429 and Normative Instruction No. 75) for food labeling come into force on October 9, 2022. In addition to changes in the table of nutritional information and claims, the novelty will be the adoption of front-of-line nutrition labeling.

Therefore, it is important for companies to be aware of the deadline for compliance. New products launched on or after October 9, 2022 must already have labels suitable for the new rules. For products already on the market to date, the deadlines for adaptation are:

  • Until October 9, 2023 (12 months from the effective date of the rule) for food in general;
  • Until October 9, 2024 (24 months from the effective date of the standard) for foods produced by a family farmer or rural family entrepreneur, solidarity economic enterprise, individual micro-entrepreneur, small agro-industry, artisanal agro-industry and artisanal foods; and
  • Until October 9, 2025 (36 months from the effective date of the standard) for non-alcoholic beverages in returnable containers, observing the gradual process of label replacement. The labeling changes were established by Resolution of the Collegiate Board of Directors – DRC No. 429 and Normative Instruction No. 75, published in October 2020. The objective of the standards is to improve the clarity and legibility of food labels and, thus, help the consumer to make more conscious food choices.

Brazil: Nutrivigilance Question and Answer Guide

The National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA in Portuguese) informs that the Questions and Answers on Nutrivigilance – Safety in Food Consumption is now available. This is the first edition of the publication, which aims to clarify doubts on the subject.

The document provides guidance on the following topics: notification of adverse events related to the consumption of processed foods; the processing of notifications received by the Agency; actions to be taken by food companies; and regulations on the subject, among others.

It should be noted that the publication is an instrument of clarification, not regulatory, i.e., it does not bring new rules. It aims to clarify the Nutrivigilance procedures adopted in Brazil.

Brazil: Agriculture committee to discuss plant-based food labeling

The Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, Supply and Rural Development (CAPADR) of the Chamber of Deputies approved on Wednesday (8) the Requirement 39/2022, which requests the holding of a public hearing to discuss the labeling of plant-based food products that mimic animal products.

Brazil: Food manufacturing and import regulations published

It was published in the Official Gazette (DODF) in portuguese, the normative instruction nº 31, which regulates the communication of the beginning of the manufacture and importation of food and packaging exempted from sanitary registration in the Federal District. Briefly, the regulation states that manufacturers and importers must inform the Food Management (Geali in Portuguese), of the Health Surveillance Directorate (Divisa), every time they start manufacturing or importing an edible product.

PAHO – Costa Rica: Presentation of results of the effectiveness of 4 front‐of‐pack nutrition labelling systems on prepackaged foods and non-alcoholic beverages in Costa Rica, 2022 (WEBINAR)

To present the results of the effectiveness of 4 front-end nutrition labeling systems on prepackaged foods and non-alcoholic beverages in Costa Rica to government decision makers, legislators and civil society.