Colombia – Amendment to the Resolution on front-of-food labeling: Use of octagons for excess critical nutrients

The Ministry of Health published Resolution No 2492 regulating the provisions of (Law No 2120 – Measures to promote healthy food environments and prevent non-communicable diseases) in a definitive way the front labeling for packaged food for human consumption and processed and ultra-processed food products marketed in the country.
The resolution confirms that the front labeling, upon recommendation of the University of Antioquia, will be octagonal in shape, black in color, with a white border and located in the upper third of the main display panel with the word ‘Excess’.
The provisions established in the Resolution apply to all foods for human consumption, national and imported that are marketed in the national territory, except for some foods with nutritional labeling, such as infant formulas for children between 0 and 12 months, foods for special medical purposes (APMES); herbal and fruit infusions, decaffeinated and instant tea, among other foods.
As of June 16, 2023, the front warning seal must be placed on the lid for returnable containers that cannot be labeled on the front face, or with an adhesive or on the secondary packaging,” states the resolution.

St. Kitts – Bureau of Standards (Labelling of Pre-Packaged Goods) Regulations 2022

The St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards (SKNBS) wishes to inform the general public that it is in the process of regulating three areas namely Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods, Labelling of Goods- General Requirements and Packaged Water.

Persons can view these draft regulations by visiting www.sknbs.org. They can be found by clicking “Draft Regulations” under the “Regulations” tab on the site.

Chile – Conadecus warns of energy drinks’ non-compliance with labeling law

The National Corporation of Consumers and Users (Conadecus) accused energy drinks of infringing the Food Labeling Law and warned of a worrying consumption of these and also of isotonic drinks among minors for whom they are not recommended.

The organization presented the study “Drinks for athletes: Perception and consumption habits in the population between 14 and 30 years of age in the Metropolitan Region and advertising analysis”, carried out together with the consulting firm Arista Social and financed by the National Consumer Service, which evaluated compliance with food labeling, according to the Food Sanitary Regulation, and the advertising strategy in the brands most mentioned by adolescents and young people: Red Bull, Monster, Score, Mr. Big, Powerade and Gatorade.

Colombia/opinion – Modifying Resolution 810 on labeling would affect a decade’s worth of work in the industry

The food industry would be on tenterhooks due to a new front labeling regulation on the horizon, which would modify law 810 of 2021. Julián Castro, founder and CEO of the alternative food startup FreeZen, explains that this would affect the finances of entrepreneurs in the sector, due to the high cost involved in changes that had already been generated this year in order for consumers to have clearer ideas of the ingredients of the products.

Brazil – ANVISA updates Regulatory Agenda for the year 2023

Anvisa’s Collegiate Council approved the second update of the Normative Agenda 2021-2023, which will be published in the Official Gazette of the Federation. The measure was deliberated this Wednesday (12/7), during the 23rd Ordinary Public Meeting of the Agency, and defined the new current list of prioritized regulatory projects for 2023.

Based on the consolidated updates, the new updated list of regulatory projects of the Anvisa Agenda for the period 2021-2023 now comprises 159 regulatory projects, distributed in 16 macro-themes of the Agency’s activities. Consult the list in spreadsheet, with the detail of the projects and the respective justifications of the changes and exclusions made. See also the specific page of the Regulatory Agenda 2021-2023 on the portal.