Argentina – CONAL meeting reviews progress on front-of-package warning label and trans fats

The 146th regular meeting of the National Food Commission (CONAL in Spanish) was held recently. The following topics were reviewed:

  • Importance in the integration of the sanitary system of food control, as each area contributes to achieve better health.
  • Advances in the implementation of the access to the affidavit and the public search engine of the nutritional seals and warnings system.
  • Sending to administrative procedure the Draft Joint Resolution that establishes the new maximum limits for trans fatty acids in finished products and raw materials and the prohibition of the processing of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil of industrial production.
  • Sending to administrative procedure the projects referred to the modification of article 1353 bis of the Argentine Food Code (CAA) on the update in the specifications of infant formulas, the incorporation of new enzymes and native vegetable species.
  • The Commission agreed to consider new topics, among which are the integral proposal of the articles on peanuts and their derivatives, the incorporation of alcoholic beverages of artisanal production and the determination of the limit of arsenic in edible algae.

The Americas – Argentina: Public consultation to regulate the use of trans fats in foods

The initiative presented to the National Food Commission (CONAL in Spanish) and available for public consultation proposes to update the current regulations on the presence of trans fats in commercialized foods, with the aim of improving their regulation and guaranteeing the right to health for all.

ARTICLE 1. – Article 155 tris of the Argentine Food Code is hereby replaced and shall 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 the total content of trans fatty acids in foods, including those used as ingredients and raw materials. ingredients and raw materials, shall not exceed 2% of the 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”.

Argentina: La Presidencia de la Comisión Nacional de Alimentos será ejercida por Agricultura en 2021

El titular de la cartera, Luis Basterra expresó al respecto: “Durante el 2021, seguiremos dado respuesta, desde la regulación, al desarrollo de las economías regionales, con inclusión y equidad social, promoviendo sistemas alimentarios sostenibles y donde las normas establecidas en el Código Alimentario Argentino sean la respuesta a esa visión del desarrollo productivo que persigue Argentina” (Fuente).