Guatemala – Update to the standard on health registration of dietary supplements published

The Ministry of Health published the update of Rule 14 version 2/2022 on sanitary registration of dietary supplements.
The purpose of this Technical Standard is to regulate the conditions and requirements through which the Department of Regulation and Control of Pharmaceutical and Related Products, hereinafter referred to as the Department, will grant the Sanitary Registration of dietary supplements.

Brazil – ANVISA performs regulatory impact analysis on food and packaging

The National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA in Portuguese) approved a Regulatory Impact Analysis report dealing with new procedures for the regulation of food and packaging. The decision was announced during the 16th Ordinary Meeting of the Agency’s Collegiate Board of Directors, within the scope of processes 25351.490309/2009-41 and 25351.490309/2009-41.
The overall objective of this update is to increase the effectiveness of the food and packaging regulation methods used by Anvisa and to ensure a more proportional treatment”.

Brazil – New nutrition labeling regulations take effect in 30 days

There are 30 days left for the new food labeling regulations to come into force. As of October 9, 2022, products launched on the market will already have to have labels that comply with the new rules.

For products already on the market, there are different adaptation deadlines (see timeline below). Among the main changes is the adoption of front-of-pack nutrition labeling, in addition to changes in the table of nutrition information and claims.

The labeling changes were established by Resolution of the Collegiate Directive Council (RDC) 429 and Normative Instruction (IN) 75, published in October 2020. The objective of the standards is to improve the clarity and legibility of food labels and, in doing so, help consumers make more conscious food choices.

Mexico – Published Decree amending several provisions of the Regulations for the Sanitary Control of Products and Services and the Regulations of the General Health Law on Advertising

Articles 2, section VIII Bis; 9, section IV; 13; 15; 25, section VI and second paragraph; 25 Bis, and 160, section II are AMENDED; Articles 2, with sections VIII Bis 1; VIII Bis 2; XI Bis 1; 11 Bis; 25, with a last paragraph, are ADDED; 25 Bis 1; 25 Bis 2; 25 Bis 3 and 25 Bis 4, and repealing section IX Bis of article 2, the third and fourth paragraphs of article 25 and the second paragraph of article 210 of the Regulation of Sanitary Control of Products and Services.

The decree adds Article 25 bis to the Regulation on Sanitary Control of Products and Services. It now establishes that: “The labeling of prepackaged food and non-alcoholic beverages (…) must include the front labeling system as established by the corresponding standard and must not use any other”.

Articles 22 Bis; 79, section X and 80, sections VI and VII are AMENDED; Articles 6, with section I Bis; 24 Bis and 80, with section VIII, are ADDED; and section VI of Article 86 of the Regulation of the General Health Law on Advertising is ABOLISHED.

The amendment to Article 22 bis establishes that the advertising of food and non-alcoholic beverages will be subject to permit by the Ministry of Health when the label of the products includes the front labeling system.

Dominican Republic – Draft law on nutritional information on food products

The Chamber of Deputies is considering a bill to place nutritional information labels on certain foods that could cause non-communicable diseases such as obesity.
The bill was presented by the deputy of the People’s Force, Lourdes Serulle, who reintroduced it after failing in the last legislature.
The labels would be placed on all industrial and manufactured products and the Ministry of Public Health would be the entity in charge.