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Mexico Considering Changes to Labelling Requirements for Pre-packaged Food and Beverages

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 10 December on a proposal to modify the current labelling requirements for pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverages. Adopted in 2010, the requirements of standard NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010 apply to finished products destined for the final consumer and do not cover bulk products and products that are subject to more specific labelling requirements through a separate standard.

Under NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010, the information provided on labels for pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverages must be true and described and presented in a manner in which the consumer is not misled as to the nature and characteristics of the product. Covered products must include at least the following information on their labels.

  • Name or generic name of the product.
  • List of ingredients (not required when there is a single ingredient). A compound ingredient must be listed whenever it represents more than five percent of the food or beverage. Moreover, the standard establishes additional requirements for reporting ingredients and additives that may cause allergic reactions, in addition to various other requirements.
  • Net quantity and drained quantity in general system of units of measurement in accordance with NOM-030-SCFI-2006, without prejudice to additionally expressing this information by means of other unit systems.
  • Name and fiscal domicile. For imported products, the name, trade name or corporate name and fiscal domicile of the party responsible for the product must be included. This information may be added to the product in Mexico, after customs clearance but prior to the commercialisation of the product.
  • Country of origin.
  • Batch identification. The standard explicitly requires the identification to be traceable, indelible and permanent.
  • Date of expiration or optimum date of consumption.
  • Certain nutritional information.
  • Use instructions, whenever necessary.

The required information must be in Spanish, without prejudice to additionally expressing this information in another language. Subject merchandise may also bear certain additional information, including supplementary nutritional information and instructions of use.

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