Potassium Bromate in Flour

A recent update of a Sieca regulation is causing confusion because of the inclusion of potassium bromate as a permitted additive.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This topic has been discussed by delegates from the Central American Ministries of Economy, Trade and Health, who have participated in review meetings of the Central American Regulations of the Member States of the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration (SIEC).

In Panama, this additive was banned in 1997 and in other nations such as Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua the chemical component has not been used since 2010.

Despite this, a preliminary draft regulation establishes a set of parameters that would allow its use for two years in the aforementioned nations.

Prensa.com reports: "The additive is not on the list of permitted chemicals, since a joint committee made up of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Codex Alimentarius Commission determined that this substance was inadequate for use as an improver in flour treatment. "

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Central America: Hydraulic Cement Trade Down 14%

April 2017

Between January and September 2016, the value of trade in hydraulic cement between countries of the region amounted to $48 million, 14% less than the same period in 2015.

Figures from the information system on the the Hydraulic Cement Market in Central America , compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData: [GRAFICA caption="Clic para interactuar con la gráfica"]

Panama: New Cement Additives Plant

April 2017

50% of production from the Cemex additive plant inaugurated in Panama will be destined for the local market, and the remaining 50% will be exported.

The cement company said that its objective is to supply the construction industry in Panama, in addition to exporting to Central America and the Caribbean, which is why it decided to settle in Panama Pacifico.

Restrictions on Fuel Additives in Costa Rica

October 2013

A decree under review proposes regulating the maximum amounts of certain substances allowed in gasoline.

The possible entry into force of the decree promoted by the Ministries of Environment and Health, has reactivated a conflict which has been going on for years with gasoline additive distributors.

New EU Rules for Food Additives

April 2012

A new regulation governing food additives in products exported to the European Union will be applied from December 1st, 2012.

From a statement by Procomer:

Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 of the European Commission, establishing specifications for food additives listed in Annexes II and III of Regulation (CE) No. 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and Council will apply from 1st December 2012, with exceptions.

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