Argentina: Ultra-pasteurized cream of milk incorporated into the Food Code

Joint Resolution 3/2022 includes Article 585 bis to the Argentine Food Code (CAA), which will be worded as follows: “Article 585 bis: The name Ultrapasteurized Milk Cream means the dairy product relatively rich in fat, separated from milk by technologically appropriate procedures, which takes the form of an emulsion of fat in water. It must be subjected for at least 2 seconds to a minimum temperature of 138°C, or any equivalent time-temperature combination, by a continuous flow thermal process, immediately cooled to less than 5°C and packed in suitable hermetically sealed containers.

Ultra-pasteurized milk cream is classified -according to its fat content and according to item 5 of this article- into:

(a) Low-fat cream, or Light cream or Semi-cream.

b) Cream.

c) High fat cream.

Colombia: Draft amendment to Resolution 810 on front-of-package warning labels

The Ministry of Health published the draft resolution that modifies Resolution 810 of 2021, which establishes the nutritional and front labeling requirements that must be met by packaged foods for human consumption in Colombia.

The Ministry of Health, in order to comply with the requirements of Article 5 of Law 2120 of 2021, delegated a study developed by the University of Antioquia through an experimental study that analyzed all relevant variables in this type of labeling and showed that the text “EXCESS IN” is the one that best suits the needs invoked by public health, therefore, it was decided to adopt the methodology of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to define the foods to be included and the levels to be included in the front labeling.

The Ministry of Health also emphasizes that this model has inclusion criteria for critical nutrients (free sugars, sodium, saturated fats, total fats and trans fatty acids) based on the nutrient intake targets for the general population established by the WHO to prevent obesity and non-communicable diseases.

Likewise, the portfolio specified that those companies that have already included the circular seal on their products will have six months to use up the existing labels. “If after this time they still have labels with the initial provisions, they may authorize the exhaustion before the Invima,” said MinSalud.
In the bill that has already been published for comments, the labels appear as follows:

It will be 15 days in national consultation and then must receive concept of the Ministry of Commerce, to be submitted to international consultation for a period of 60 days, said the current Minister of Health Fernando Ruiz. It is expected that by December the final decree will be issued to modify Resolution 810 with the octagonal labeling, so it will be the government of Gustavo Petro, headed by Minister Carolina Corcho, that will adopt the regulation.

Mexico – Opinion: Front-of-package warning label work and industry doesn’t like them

The octagons on the packaging of industrialized foods and beverages that warn about the high content of harmful ingredients are effective, according to scientific studies. Despite this – or perhaps because of it – the industry seeks to slow down the second stage of labeling implementation in Mexico.

Argentina: Authorities set date for the implementation of front-of-package warning label

As from August 20, supermarkets and large chains will have to display on their shelves products with their respective black front labels to warn consumers if the product in question has excess sugars, total fat, saturated fat, calories and sodium within the framework of Law 27,642 on Front Labeling, published in the Official Gazette in November 2021.

The Ministry of Health reported that 35% of the 2,658 extension requests for the implementation of the labels were approved. The main items that were submitted are candies, jams, jellies, jams and jams (21.62%); bakery products and cookies (15%); sausages and canned meats (14.45%); dairy products (11.27%); alcoholic beverages (10.63%); processed fruits and vegetables (7.39%). Also cereals and pastas (6.55%); sauces and dressings (5.19%); desserts and powders for preparations (2.96%); snacks (2.16%); ice cream (1.09%); soups and broths (1.02%); coffee and tea (0.67%).

Spain: Draft Decree to regulate the labeling in the BRAILLE alphabet of consumer goods and products of special relevance

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs is currently working on the drafting of a regulation that will guide the labeling of essential products in Braille for the visually impaired.
The Consumer Affairs Department believes that this Braille labeling should provide “the minimum basic information (name, nature, expiration date or best before date, allergens)”, as well as dynamic and extensive information (name and address of the producing company, composition and purpose of the product, quality, net quantity or category, production date, nutritional information system, instructions for its correct use or consumption).
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs explains that it focuses on packaged general consumption products, in the case of foodstuffs: meat, fish, eggs, milk, coffee and canned food.