USA – Newhouse Reintroduces Bicameral Bill to Standardize Food Date Labels, Cut Food Waste

Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reintroduced the bicameral Food Date Labeling Act, a bill designed to end consumer confusion around food date labeling by standardizing date labels on food products to ensure useable food is not thrown away.

Brazil – MAPA publishes the modification to Normative Instruction SDA/MAPA No. 71/2020, which approves the Technical Regulation that establishes the identity and quality requirements to be met by cream cheese

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAPA in Portuguese) published ORDINANCE SDA N° 791/2023 that modifies Normative Instruction SDA/MAPA N° 71/2020, which approves the Technical Regulation that establishes the identity and quality requirements to be met by cream cheese.

Article 1. Normative Instruction SDA/MAPA No. 71, July 24, 2020, enters into force with the following changes:

“Article 2. For the purposes of this Technical Regulation, cream cheese or creamcheese is the product obtained from pasteurized milk, optionally with the addition of dairy derivatives and food substances provided for in this Regulation, subjected to fermentation or direct acidification, heating, homogenization and refrigeration, it may contemplate other technologically appropriate stages.

Paraguay – The Senate approved the bill on front labeling of packaged foods

The Senate approved the law on front labeling of packaged foods, with the amendments introduced in the House of Representatives. With this version, products will no longer carry the inscription “high in calories”, since they will have the exact amount of calories.

The head of the Public Health Commission, Jorge Querey, insisted on the need to establish mandatory labeling, according to the nutritional composition of sugars, saturated fats and sodium, incorporating the information of the “high calorie” content, in a visible, quick and easily understandable way for the consumer’s decision making.

Codex – Codex labeling standard: changes in allergen labeling

Together with scientific advice from FAO/WHO, the Codex Committee has for some time been thoroughly analyzing different aspects of the current regulations on mandatory labeling of prepackaged foods, mainly in terms of allergen declaration.


The Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) held its 15 th Session virtually, from 9 to 13 and 24 May 2022,
at the kind invitation of the Government of The Netherlands. The session was chaired by Dr. Sally Hoffer, Manager, Food
Safety and Sustainable Food, Directorate Plant Agro Food Chains, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, The
Netherlands. The session was attended by 85 Member Countries, 1 Member Organization and 17 observer organizations
and Palestine. The list of participants is contained in Appendix I.