As from August 20, supermarkets and large chains will have to display on their shelves products with their respective black front labels to warn consumers if the product in question has excess sugars, total fat, saturated fat, calories and sodium within the framework of Law 27,642 on Front Labeling, published in the Official Gazette in November 2021.
The Ministry of Health reported that 35% of the 2,658 extension requests for the implementation of the labels were approved. The main items that were submitted are candies, jams, jellies, jams and jams (21.62%); bakery products and cookies (15%); sausages and canned meats (14.45%); dairy products (11.27%); alcoholic beverages (10.63%); processed fruits and vegetables (7.39%). Also cereals and pastas (6.55%); sauces and dressings (5.19%); desserts and powders for preparations (2.96%); snacks (2.16%); ice cream (1.09%); soups and broths (1.02%); coffee and tea (0.67%).
The initiative, which has been approved by the Senate, creates the regulatory framework for the production and national commercialization for export of the cannabis plant, its seeds and derived products for medicinal use, including scientific research and industrial use, promoting the development of the sector’s production chain.
In addition, a regulatory agency, the Agencia Regulatoria del Cáñamo y del Cannabis Medicinal (ARICCAME in Spanish), will be created. It will regulate the import, export, cultivation, industrial production, manufacture, commercialization and acquisition of seeds, the cannabis plant and its derivative products for medicinal or industrial purposes.
Jorge Pittón, said that it will have to comply with this regulation, since it will be a requirement to be able to enter supermarket chains and wholesalers. However, he pointed out that for small and medium-sized companies, making a new cliché for each package -the gum used to print the wrappers- implies a significant investment.
According to official sources, the text of the regulation has already been defined; it will be published at the end of March and contains details on deadlines, as well as some concessions to the industry.
The implementation will take place in two stages. The first one will be in force until the end of the year and will have broader parameters than the final scheme, which should be fully in force in 2023. The regulation provides for a special deadline for companies that distribute beverages in returnable glass containers. According to the firms in the sector, it is necessary to paint the black octagons on the millions of bottles circulating in the country. In the meantime, it was decided that the warnings referring to these products will be covered by advertisements on the sales shelves.
An important point is that the deadlines are established as from the entry into force of the law and not from the publication of the regulation.