Trinidad and Tobago – Standards on Labelling of goods – Prepackaged goods – Compulsory requirements

The Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards published Labelling of goods – Prepackaged goods – Compulsory requirements.

This standard specifies requirements for the information to be included on labels of goods prepackaged for use in Trinidad and Tobago, the method of display of such information, and where necessary, the wording and units of measurements to be used.

This standard does not apply to the following:

a) goods or classes of goods for which labelling requirements have been prescribed in
national regulations issued by other Government Ministries and agencies; inter alia:
i) goods or classes of goods for food, drugs, cosmetics and medical devices;
ii) goods or classes of goods for pesticides and toxic chemicals.
b) goods or classes of goods for which specific labelling requirements have been
prescribed in compulsory National Standards; and
c) goods or classes of goods for agricultural produce.

Canada – Health Canada’s strategy to manage shortages of infant formula and other foods for a special dietary purpose and to modernize related regulations

The purpose of this notice is to announce Health Canada’s strategy to continue addressing shortages of infant formula and other foods for a special dietary purpose by extending the Interim policy on the importation and sale of infant formulas, human milk fortifiers and dietary products for the treatment of inborn errors of metabolism to mitigate shortages. This notice also communicates Health Canada’s commitment to initiate work on the modernization of the regulations for infant formula and other foods for a special dietary purpose and the department’s plans for a public consultation in the fall of 2023.

USA – FDA Releases Draft Compliance Policy Guide on Major Food Allergen Labeling and Cross-Contact

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft Compliance Policy Guide to provide guidance for FDA staff on the FDA’s enforcement policy regarding major food allergen labeling and cross-contact.  The draft CPG more accurately reflects FDA’s thinking on major food allergen enforcement policy based on the current regulatory framework and latest science. When finalized, it will replace the existing CPG 555.250 for FDA staff.

Among the updates, the draft CPG describes the labeling requirements for major food allergens and the proper use of the ingredient list and the “Contains” statement for major food allergen declarations. It also describes requirements for firms to implement controls to prevent or significantly minimize allergen cross-contact. Further, the draft CPG describes additional allergen labeling violations. It also directs FDA staff to examine potential product adulteration due to allergen cross-contact as well as potential labeling violations. The updated CPG reflects the FDA’s risk-based and science-based approach for the evaluation of potential allergen violations.

Brazil – ANVISA and other agencies to review WHO guidelines on sweeteners

The National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA in Portuguese) reports that it is closely following the discussion on the subject and will join other governmental entities, in particular the Ministry of Health, and also non-governmental actors, to evaluate the new guideline and the context of sweetener use in the country.

It is important to note that the use of sweeteners in Brazil must be authorized by the Agency, which performs safety evaluations of these products. The analysis is carried out based on the guidelines of the Expert Committee on the Safety Assessment of Food Additives of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and WHO. In Brazil, the WHO recommendation to reduce sugar consumption, favoring foods with natural sugars, such as fruits or sugar-free foods and beverages, is included in the Food Guide for the Brazilian Population, published by the Ministry of Health.

Argentina – Judge rejects business lawsuit and upholds Front End Labeling law

The Court rejected a corporate lawsuit and upheld the Front Labeling law. The ruling of the Federal Contentious Administrative Judge Santiago Carrillo did not uphold a class action brought against the Front Labeling Law 27.642 and its regulatory decree that promotes healthy eating by means of warning seals.

The lawsuit had been filed by the Argentine Chamber of the Industry of Sausages and Allied Products (CAICHA) against the National Government and the Executive Power, in order to declare the unconstitutionality of Law 27,642, Decree 151/2022 and other regulatory rules.