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On March 27, 2020, the Amendment to the Official Mexican Standard NOM-051 SCFI/SSA1-2010 “Labeling for prepackaged food and non-alcoholic beverages – Commercial and health information, published in April 5, 2010, was published in the Official Gazette. The most relevant modifications concerning to the NOM-051, published on October 11, 2019, are the following:
The definition of coverage medium is added, which is the liquid that has been added to a pre-packaged product in hermetically sealed containers and hermetic treatment. Likewise, the definition of imitation products was added, which refers to prepackaged products that are made with ingredients or procedures other than those used in the production of that product prepackaged with NOM or following the provisions of section 18.104.22.168.1. , (denomination of the product) that intends to imitate and whose appearance is similar to the latter.
Definitions of genuine and substitute products and all references to these products were removed.
Seals or recommendation legends or recognition by professional organizations or associations may be included on the label of prepackaged products when they provide the appropriate documentation that supports scientific, objective and reliable evidence and must not exceed one or more of the added critical nutrients, specifying the target population. To comply with the above, PROFECO must issue no lather than October 1, 2020, the Guidelines for the registration and recognition of professional organizations or associations that can issue seals or recommendation legends for food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Prepackaged products bearing one or more warning labels or the sweetener legend shall not include on the label children’s characters, animations, cartoons, celebrities, athletes or pets, interactive elements such as visual-space games or digital download, which, if aimed at children, incite, promote or encourage the consumption, purchase or choice of products with excess critical nutrients or sweeteners. (This will take effect until April 1, 2021).
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