Regional Standard for Packaging and Labels

Five regulations signed by the COMIECO will facilitate trade within the region and minimize the cost of economic exchange.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Council of Ministers of Economy (Comieco) agreed to sign 5 regulations to standardize the use of packaging and labels at the regional level, in order to facilitate trade and minimize costs of economic exchange in the isthmus, reported Agencia Guatemalteca de Noticias.

"With the above the intention is to have a standard packaging format for food, products for human consumption, goods used in animal feeding, processed foods and beverages with nutritional additives and pre-packaged products” informed the Guatemalan Ministry of Economy in a statement.

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