Argentina – Amendment to the Food Code on industrially produced trans-fatty acids in foodstuffs published

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Secretariat of Quality in Health publish JointResolution 16/2023.This Resolution amends Article 155 tris of the Argentine Food Code, which will be worded as follows: “Article 155 tris: The content of industrially produced trans fatty acids in foods, including those used as ingredients and raw materials, shall not exceed 2% of total fats. These limits do not apply to fats from ruminants, including milk fat. The use of partially hydrogenated oils and fats in the production of foods, ingredients and raw materials is prohibited.”

Spain – Government approves law against food waste for parliamentary approval

The Council of Ministers today approved the draft Law on the Prevention of Food Loss and Waste, the first regulation on this subject to be enacted in Spain, with the aim of reducing the disposal of unconsumed food in the trash and promoting better use of food. During 2020, Spanish households threw away 1,364 million kilos/liters of food, an average of 31 kilos/liters per person.

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, has drawn attention to these data, which represent the loss of 250 euros per person. The law aims to “regulate and raise awareness” and “responds to a social need”, he stressed. On the one hand, it “regulates the preferential use of food for human consumption”, favoring donation, and on the other it tries to “make society aware of the need to reduce food wastage”.

Brazil – ANVISA publishes updated guide to questions and answers on infant formulas

The National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA in Portuguese) published the updated Q&A document on infant formula (fourth edition).  There are 51 questions and answers with updated guidelines on the application of the regulatory framework for infant formulas, based on frequently asked questions received by ANVISA through its service channels.

The purpose of the publication is to assist food processing companies and the National Health Surveillance System (SNVS in Portuguese) in the correct implementation of standards and product control.

Brazil – ANVISA amends Normative Instruction – IN N° 211/2023, on technological functions, maximum limits and conditions of use of food additives and technological adjuvants authorized for use in food

The National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA in Portuguese) published Normative Instruction IN N° 223/2023, which amends Normative Instruction – IN N° 211, dated March 1, 2023, establishing the technological functions, maximum limits and conditions of use of food additives and technological adjuvants authorized for use in food.

Panama – Ministry of Health publishes draft amendment to regulations on food supplements with therapeutic properties

The Ministry of Health published a draft amendment to the Resolution “Establishing the regulation for the registration of Vitamin, Dietetic and Food Supplements with Therapeutic Properties.

The purpose of the notified Resolution is to update the current regulations, which date from 29 May 2019, in order to ensure that the sanitary registration process for vitamin, dietary and food supplements is consistent with Law No. 1 of 10 January 2001. The regulations will be updated based on the contributions received from the local industry, the Technical Advisory Committee and other bodies through the national and international public consultations.