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Mexico Amends Various Requirements for Alcoholic Beverages

The Mexican government has adopted new physiochemical specifications, test methods and commercial information requirements for domestically-produced and imported alcoholic beverages. Among other things, NOM-199-SCFI-2017 sets maximum lead and arsenic content limits of 0.5 milligrams per litre. Fermented alcoholic beverages will be required to have an alcohol content between 2.0 and 20.0 percent and a maximum methanol content of 300.0 mg per 100 millilitres of anhydrous alcohol. The regulation also sets specific requirements for such products as beer, wine, cider, gin, rum, vodka and whiskey. The new requirements will enter into force on 29 December, except for certain commercial information provisions which will be effective on 29 December 2019.

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