Articles – Paraguay: Confusion or fraud? Labeling of Stevia Sweeteners

Fraudulent labeling is an emerging problem in the food industry worldwide. Many Stevia sweeteners are marketed in Paraguay, and their labels can be confusing. For this reason, 21 packs of sweetener products were analyzed regarding their degree of compliance with the labeling regulations in force in the country. All of the analyzed containers complied with the MERCOSUR regulations on food labeling, and 95.2% complied with MERCOSUR regulations on nutritional labeling. Over half of the containers did not comply with the local regulation for the naming of Stevia products. This is the first study on possible fraudulent labeling carried out in Paraguay, and it highlights the need to monitor compliance of food labeling regulations in the country.

The Americas – MERCOSUR: Health ministers meet to discuss Trans Fatty Acids and Front-End Labeling

The first meeting dealt with the progress made by the countries in relation to the Policies implemented for the elimination of Industrially Produced Trans Fatty Acids from the Food Chain (TVFA in Spanish) and future actions to be taken in order to adopt and implement regulatory mechanisms for the elimination of TVFA from the food chain in the Americas.
On the second day, the country delegations presented their Policies and Strategies implemented on physical activity in the school environment, and progress regarding Front Labeling for packaged foods.

Uruguay: Gobierno defiende cambios en etiquetado de alimentos por “armonización” a nivel del Mercosur

Luego de algunos días de silencio, tras conocerse el viernes los cambios de criterios y valores en la normativa sobre el etiquetado frontal de alimentos —que empezó a regir el lunes—, que generaron diversas críticas, el gobierno salió a defender las modificaciones bajo dos líneas argumentales: que en comparación al decreto inicial de 2018 se trata de reglas “más exigentes”, y que se varió pensando en la negociación para armonizar la normativa a nivel del Mercosur (Fuente).

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