The Americas – Costa Rica: United Nations promotes front labeling of products high in fat, sodium and sugar

The United Nations urged Costa Rica to identify products high in fat, sodium and sugar through front labeling. It also invited the Legislative Assembly to develop a new bill to move forward on this issue, given that bill #22.065 was recently shelved.

Nydia Amador, member of the Asociación Costa Rica Saludable, explained that in July 2020, bill 22.065 was presented to the legislative stream: “Law of front labeling of prepackaged food and non-alcoholic beverages, to facilitate the understanding and decision making of the consumer, on the content of critical nutrients and ingredients that, by their excessive consumption, represent risks to the health of people”.

The Americas – Costa Rica: New law on the use of hemp for industrial purposes in food and beverages

The President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, signed the “Law of Cannabis for Medicinal and Therapeutic Use and Hemp for Food and Industrial Use” No. 10,113 after the efforts of the Legislative Assembly to approve the bill in second debate, considering the partial veto issued by the Executive Branch that allowed correcting some inconsistencies in the original text.

One of its objectives is to authorize the production, industrialization and commercialization of hemp for industrial and food use and cannabis for exclusively medicinal and therapeutic purposes, and its derivative products.

The executive has expressed its commitment to have the regulation ready before the end of the current administration.

The Americas – Costa Rica: New Procedures for the simplified sanitary registration of low-risk processed foods

The new Decree No. 43291-S establishes the procedure for simplified sanitary registration by notification, sanitary registration, registration acknowledgments, raw materials, control and surveillance of processed foods and low-risk cosmetics.

It is excluded in its scope of application:

  • Food products that despite being considered low risk present some nutritional descriptor.
  • Products specifically aimed at a population under 3 years of age.
  • Energy drinks and food supplements
  • Food or raw material containing any extract of the cannabis plant.