Mexico – Companies consider filing complaint with OAS over food labeling regulation

In January 2023, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation must resolve the constitutionality of the new food and beverage labeling standard; however, companies are already planning to file a complaint before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a body that is part of the Organization of American States (OEA in Spanish), if the outcome is not positive for them.

Article/Mexico – Labeling of pre-packaged and pre-labeled foods has a positive impact on consumption habits

Objective: To determine if the modifications made to the NOM-051-SCFI/SSA-2010, relative to the labelling of harmful pre-packaged foods has induced changes in the consumption habits of the Mexicans.
Materials and Methods: A survey in Goggle Forms was configured to research into the consumption habits of pre-packaged foods, both previous to the introduction of the aforementioned changes in the NOM-051-SCFI/SSA-2010 norm, and with the norm in force. Significant differences were determined by a paired Student’s t test.
Results: The consumption pf pre-packaged foods was significantly reduced during NOM-051-SCFI/SSA-2010 norm’s force (p≤0.0001). Nonetheless, the majority of the surveyed population still thinks that healthier pre-packaged foods must be introduced into the market, rather than having the labelling norm in place.
Conclusions: Food labeling has been detected to improve the consumption habits of the surveyed population, inducing a significant reduction on the consumption of labelled foods.

Article – What do packaging labels tell us about industrialization and the brazilian  reality? – an interdisciplinary report

The purpose of this work was to explore the packaging labels of products consumed in everyday life by students, seeing them as textual and geographic and biological information genres and thus, through them, introduce the curricular contents in ten (10) 1st year classes of the Integrated Technical Education of CEFET-MG, in Belo Horizonte – MG, Brazil, in an interdisciplinary view in the subjects of Geography and Biology. Topics concerning the progress of industrialization in the Brazilian territory and the quality of products were discussed, especially those consumed by the population (nutritional data and its technical vocabulary, processing of industrialized foods, malnutrition and food exports, expansion of agribusiness…), associating them with the movement of globalization of the world economy. Among the topics studied, we also highlight: history and spatialization of industry, transformation of geographic space, stages of Brazilian industrialization, urbanization, concentration of infrastructure, consumer market, internationalization of the economy, labor qualification, degree of nationalization by industrial sector, privatization, industrial decentralization, precariousness of labor rights, among others. Exercises were carried out based on the data collected using printed maps, in addition to the use of the Google Earth app, devices used to locate industries in the country, which also contributes to a better perception of cartographic images. In a didactic investigation that combined prosaic resources – packaging labels – with geotechnology – the Google Earth application, the need for diversification of instruments and methodologies used in the classroom is evidenced, which together with adequate planning can help students to achieve meaningful learning, as happened in this reported experience. The theoretical-methodological foundations that guided this work are present, especially, in the theories of David Ausubel and Jerome Bruner.

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.