Federal government defers new labeling on products until December


By CAPosts 31 July, 2020 - 09:42pm 37 views

The federal government postponed until December this year the implementation of the new labelling on food and non-alcoholic beverages, which was scheduled to take effect on October 1.

In its evening version, the Federation's Office Journal reported that producers, importers or marketers would not be sanctioned before that date during verifications by health authorities.

In that regard, it noted that a period of 1 October 2020 to 30 November 2020 would be granted for food and non-alcoholic beverages not to exhibit the frontal labelling system.

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"(The authorities) or administratively punishable by reprimand, fines, closure, arrest, suspension, revocation, cancellation, marketing ban, freezing, insurance, withdrawal from the market and/or issuance of alerts, in the cases and time limits identified in the numerals above and which are the subject of this Interinstitutional Agreement," he detailed.

According to Mariana Curiel, founder of the Mexican Labeling Association, the authority can fine them with up to 9 million pesos, completely or partially shut down its facilities, seize all or part of the products or arrest the legal representative.

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Meanwhile, the president of the Chamber of Commerce Services and Tourism in Small (Canacope) in the CDMX, Eduardo Contreras Pérez, requested that it be from April 2021 when they begin this new provision, since before this would be almost complicated for microbusinesses.

He detailed that one of the solutions that were given was for the stores to be the ones to place the corresponding decals on the products, however he reiterated that this would not be viable, since the economy of this sector is heavily hit by the health emergency.

He estimated that such action would involve 800,000 products, which would amount to an investment of more than 6 billion pesos for most stores in the country's capital.

with information from Sheila Sanchez and Arturo Ordaz