Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) published Draft resolution N°1158 on safety and authorization for the use of novel foods and novel ingredients.
The text submitted for public consultation brings a series of regulatory novelties, among which the following stand out:
The improvement of the definition of novel foods and ingredients, reinforcing that they are those that do not have a history of safe consumption in Brazil and including a list of the different sources of procurement and situations in which they can be classified;
The inclusion of other conceptual bases relevant to the application of the legal concept of novel foods and novel ingredients, with emphasis on the history of safe food consumption, food purpose, therapeutic purpose, selective extraction or concentration, significant modification and nanomaterial;
Creation of an administrative procedure that allows companies to consult the classification of a certain food or ingredient as novel, with confirmed answers published on the Anvisa portal;
Detailing safety assessment requirements, according to the nature and complexity of novel foods and novel ingredients;
Incorporation into the regulation of optimized analysis procedures, with flexibility of regulatory requirements for novel foods and novel ingredients that combine characteristics that increase the certainty of safe use or reduce existing uncertainties;
The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the Secretariat of Health Quality, by means of Joint Resolution 8/2023, published in the Argentine Food Code an amendment to Article 778 on the Joint Resolution 8/2023 published in the Argentine Food Code an amendment to article 778 on the definition and quality requirements for High Fructose Syrup.
ARTICLE 1.- Article 778 ter of the Argentine Food Code is hereby replaced and shall be worded as follows: “Article 778 ter: The term High Fructose Syrup means the product obtained by complete hydrolysis of starch, followed by enzymatic and refining processes.
The project that proposes to regulate the elaboration and commercialization of foods of special regimes for vulnerable populations was unanimously approved in the Plenary of the Congress, after a new text was presented, which includes some observations made by the Executive to the Autograph approved by the national representation, last January 5 of the present year.
The new text, on bills No. 1941 and No. 3253, supported by the president of the Health and Population Commission, Edhit Julón Irigoín (APP) was approved unanimously, with 78 votes in favor.
The parliamentarian affirmed that regarding the observation made by the Executive Power to the first article of the proposal, it was agreed on the need to make changes in the wording so that the legal formula has material coherence with the regulations in force.
The Ministry of Health published a National and International Public Consultation to Review the Content of the Draft Resolution on Genetically Modified Foods. The objective of the Ministerial Resolution is to regulate Law 48 of August 8, 2002, which creates the National Commission of Biosafety for Genetically Modified Organisms and dictates other provisions. The Law establishes and coordinates the policies of the Panamanian State regarding the regulation of the management of genetically modified organisms and their derivatives and products containing them, in order to prevent risks and minimize impacts on the environment, biological diversity, human health and agricultural production that may be caused as a result of activities carried out with these organisms.
The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the Secretariat of Quality in Health, by means of Joint Resolution 6/2023, published an amendment to the Argentine Food Code on the Joint Resolution 6/2023 published in the Argentine Food Code an amendment to the Standards for Dairy Beverages.
Amend the definition of Article 578bis of Dairy Beverages in Chapter VIII “Dairy Products” of the Argentine Food Code: Products obtained from milk, reconstituted milk, fermented milk, other dairy derivatives, with or without addition Add other substances, in which the content of dairy-derived ingredients is at least 51% of the total product ingredients; beverages with fermented milk are not dairy beverages; specific microorganisms in fermented milk beverages or fermented milk beverages added with probiotics must be present in the final product and It remains alive and active during its shelf life.