Argentina – CONAL meeting reviews progress on front-of-package warning label and trans fats

The 146th regular meeting of the National Food Commission (CONAL in Spanish) was held recently. The following topics were reviewed:

  • Importance in the integration of the sanitary system of food control, as each area contributes to achieve better health.
  • Advances in the implementation of the access to the affidavit and the public search engine of the nutritional seals and warnings system.
  • Sending to administrative procedure the Draft Joint Resolution that establishes the new maximum limits for trans fatty acids in finished products and raw materials and the prohibition of the processing of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil of industrial production.
  • Sending to administrative procedure the projects referred to the modification of article 1353 bis of the Argentine Food Code (CAA) on the update in the specifications of infant formulas, the incorporation of new enzymes and native vegetable species.
  • The Commission agreed to consider new topics, among which are the integral proposal of the articles on peanuts and their derivatives, the incorporation of alcoholic beverages of artisanal production and the determination of the limit of arsenic in edible algae.

Paraguay – Progress on the draft law “Establishing the implementation of the frontal warning labeling according to its nutritional composition”

The members of the Industry, Commerce and Tourism Commission analyzed the bill “Which establishes the implementation of the front warning labeling according to its nutritional composition”, presented by senators Pedro Santa Cruz, Gilberto Apuril, Blanca Ovelar, Desirée Masi and Esperanza Martínez.

The purpose of this document is to establish mandatory front warning labeling on processed and packaged food in the absence of the consumer and marketed in the national territory, according to the nutritional composition of energy (calories), sugars, saturated fats, trans fats and sodium.

Peru – Clarification on food additive sanitary authorization applications

The General Directorate of Environmental Health (DIGESA in Spanish) issued the COMMUNICATION N°16-2022-DIGESA/MINSA on Clarification on applications for sanitary authorizations of food additives.

  1. Directorial Resolution No. 0067-2022/DIGESA/SA of May 17, 2022 annulled Directorial Resolution No. 0775-2003/DIGESA-SAF, which approved the Manual of Procedures for Sanitary Authorization of Food Additives.
  2. In this regard, it is brought to the attention of those concerned that Export Certificates may be requested to this health authority through the digital desk of the Ministry of Health (, in accordance with their right to request1.
  3. It should be noted that, according to the current legal framework, Peru does not require Sanitary Authorizations for Food Additives for the importation of industrialized foods.

Ecuador – NTE INEN 1500 (3R) Raw milk. Qualitative test methods for the determination of adulterants and contaminants

The Ecuadorian Standardization Service published the draft revision of INEN 1500 (3R) Raw Milk. Qualitative test methods for the determination of adulterants and contaminants. This standard establishes the qualitative test methods for the determination of certain adulterants and contaminants in raw milk.
Consultation end date: 2022-09-02

Ecuador – NTE INEN 9 (6R) Raw milk. Requirements

The Ecuadorian Standardization Service published the draft revision of NTE INEN 9 (6R) Raw Milk. Requirements. This standard establishes the requirements for raw cow’s milk intended for processing into edible dairy products.
Consultation end date: 2022-08-26