Food Labelling: Changes for Exporting to Mexico

As of October this year, the U.S. country will begin one of the phases of implementation of the new front labeling on food and non-alcoholic beverages, under the Labeling Law NOM-051 of the Ministry of Health.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

One of the arguments that support the amendments to the Standard is the situation of health and welfare of citizens in the country. According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey (ENSANUT) 2018 (to date, the latest report released), 35.6% of children between 5 and 11 years old are overweight and obese. Meanwhile, children and young people between 12 and 19 years old report 38.4%, according to the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport).

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The document explains that "... Among the changes applied to NOM-051, are:

A scheme of octagonal warning seals, which are located on the front of food and non-alcoholic beverage labels. These seals apply to products that, when consumed in excess, cause damage to health due to their high content of 'critical' nutrients such as calories, sugars, saturated fats, trans fats and sodium.

The new provisions give a period of up to 5 years for companies, both domestic and foreign, to comply properly in Mexico. The plan itself is to influence the consumption habits of people to opt for food products that are optimal or beneficial to their health, the statement details.

See full publication (in Spanish).

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