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20 June 2014AmericasDaniel Sanchez and Victor Ramirez

New labelling requirements in Mexico

Health problems related to overweight, obesity, diabetes and hypertension have been rising in Mexico among all population groups. Given the urgency of solving this problem, the Mexican government has implemented rules intended to increase the quality of consumers’ diets by establishing more specific and stringent rules for the labelling and advertising of the nutritional details of foods, non-alcoholic beverages and other pre-packaged products intended for human consumption.

The nutritional facts shown on the labels of food, non-alcoholic beverages and other products for human consumption are governed by the Sanitary Control of Products and Services Regulation of the Mexican General Health Law.

On February 14, 2014, a decree was published amending Article 25 of that regulation, establishing the obligation to include additional nutritional facts on the labels of these products. On April 15 an agreement was published specifying the technical guidelines determining how the new nutritional facts required by the amendment of the regulation should be displayed.

Article 25 of the regulation refers to the following requirements for the information that should be displayed on product labels:

I. Generic or specific information about the product;

II. A statements of the ingredients;

III. The identity and address of the manufacturer, importer, packaging company, or domestic or foreign dealer or maquiladora, as applicable;

IV. Instructions for storage, use, preparation and consumption;

V. The component(s) that could pose a risk to the health of consumers, either by ingestion, application or handling;

VI. The nutritional details;

VII. The expiry date;

VIII. A lot identification;

IX. The processing conditions to which the product has been subjected, when these are associated with potential risks;

X. Safety statements; and

XI. Warning statements.

The amendment to the regulation also requires the following information to be included on the front-of-pack labels of pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverages:

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