Brazil: Technical Regulation on identity and quality of refined vegetable oils in force

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA in Portuguse) Ordinance No. 418, 30 March 2022. MAPA Ordinance No. 418 Amends Annexes I, I* and III of Normative Instruction No. 49 of 22 December 2006, which approves the technical regulation on identity and quality of refined vegetable oils; sampling; complementary procedures; and the classification route for refined vegetable oils.

This Ordinance becomes effective on May 2, 2022.

Peru: Draft Technical Document “classifier for industrially processed foods”

The General Directorate of Environmental Health and Food Safety (DIGESA in Spanish) published a draft Technical Document establishing a classifier for the coding of industrially processed foods (Ministerial Resolution Nº 157-2022-MINSA), as well as for the designation of production lines, to be applied by natural or legal persons requesting registration in the Sanitary Registry of foods for human consumption, as well as for the official technical validation of the HACCP Plan or certification of the General Principles of Hygiene of the Codex Alimentarius.

Mexico: Draft conformity assessment procedure for Mexican Official Standard NOM-006-SCFI-2012: Alcoholic beverages – Tequila – Specifications

The purpose of this Conformity Assessment Procedure (PEC in Spanish) is to establish the requirements to determine compliance with the Official Mexican Standard NOM-006-SCFI-2012, Alcoholic Beverages – Tequila – Specifications or the one that replaces it, and the conformity with the referenced Standards, by the parties bound by the Appellation of Origin “Tequila”.

Canada: Consultation on the development of voluntary guidance for providing food information for foods sold to consumers through e-commerce

This consultation is open from May 9 to July 8, 2022

The sale of foods through e-commerce has increased over recent years and the information provided to consumers is inconsistent and sometimes inadequate to inform food purchases.

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are seeking feedback on how to help make food information more consistently available and accessible to Canadians when shopping for food online.

Peru: Labeling standard for agricultural foodstuffs published

The Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri in Spanish) published Supreme Decree No. 006-2022-MIDAGRI that amends Article 27 of the Agri-Food Safety Regulation, which provides that primary agricultural foodstuffs must have more information through their labeling, documentation, technical data sheet or relevant information.

In the specific case of imported and domestic primary processed agricultural foods, the Spanish-language label shall contain the following information:

a. Name of the food.

b. Net content.

c. Country of origin or place of origin.

d. Name and address of the holder of the sanitary authorization.

e. Name and address of the importer, if applicable.

f. Sanitary Authorization of Primary Agricultural Food Processing Establishment.

g. Lot Identification.

h. Expiration Date or best before date.

i. Instructions for use and storage”.