Cuba: Food Sovereignty Law in force

The Food Sovereignty and Food and Nutritional Security Law (Ley SSAN in Spanish), approved in an extraordinary session of the National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba last May, was published today in the Ordinary Gazette as Law 148/2022.

Decree 67/2022 was also issued, which presents the Regulations with the methodological guide and its implementation schedule, Yanisbel Sánchez Rodríguez, vice-president of the Agrifood Commission of the highest body of the Cuban State, said at a press conference.

El Salvador: Extended comment period on RTS 67.05.02:22

The Government of El Salvador informs that it notified on 30 May 2022, under the symbol G/SPS/N/SLV/17/Add.1, the draft Salvadoran Technical Regulation “RTS 67.05.02:22 MEAT. PROCESSED MEAT PRODUCTS”, with the objective of establishing the specifications and safety and quality characteristics that raw, cured and cooked meat products (including sausages), including poultry and game, intended for human consumption, must comply with.

Brazil: Nutrition labeling: new rules to take effect in 75 days

The new rules for food labeling come into force on October 9, 2022. In addition to changes to the table of nutrition information and claims, the novelty will be the adoption of front-of-pack nutrition labeling.

Front-of-pack nutrition labeling

Considered the major innovation of the new regulation, front-of-pack nutrition labeling is an informative symbol that must appear on the front panel of the package. The idea is to clarify to the consumer, in a clear and simple way, the high content of health-relevant nutrients.

Article – Ecuador: Traffic-light Nutrition Labeling Preferences among Ecuadorian Children

This study evaluates the effect of traffic-light (TL) nutritional label attributes on Ecuadorian children’s food choices. Data was collected from a survey of 1,179 Ecuadorian students attending public middle and high school in three major cities located in the southern region of the country (Machala, Loja, and Zamora). The survey instrument included two sets of choice experiments: one with yogurt products and the other with soft drinks (sodas and juice). In the choice scenarios, children were presented with two products that differed in price and the TL label colors for sugar, salt, and fat. Children’s product selections in the choice experiments were analyzed using mixed logit models. Results indicate that children are willing to pay increasing premium levels for products with yellow, green, and “does not contain…” labels compared to products with red labels. Overall, study findings offer evidence that TL labels are effective at helping children make food choices consistent with preferences for food products with TL labels representing healthier alternatives.

Chile: Decree for fortification of milk and wheat flour with vitamin D

The Ministry of Health published Decree 48, which modifies the Food Sanitary Regulation (RSA in Spanish) in favor of vitamin D fortification.

The decree modifies the RDA, obliging that all milk, liquid and powdered, and flour produced or marketed in Chile must be fortified with vitamin D3.

  • Liquid/fluid milk: A single dose of 1 µg/100ml, which may be exceeded by up to 40%, reaching 1.4 µg/100ml.
  • Powdered milk: A single dose of 10 µg/100g, which may be exceeded by up to 40%, up to 14 µg/100g.
  • Flour shall be fortified with vitamin D3, cholecalciferol, of vegetable or animal origin, in a minimum amount of 2.25 µg/100g, which may be exceeded by up to 40%, reaching a level of 3.15 µg/100g.

The decree will enter into force 24 months after its publication in the Official Gazette, on July 6, 2024.