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Modifications to Mexican Official Standard for Labeling for Pre-Packaged Food 

by Daniel Del Rio Loaiza, Rodolfo Barreda

Published: April, 2020

Submission: April, 2020

 



Due to the reforms and additions to the General Health Act in matters of obesity and labeling of food and non-alcoholic beverages setting a frontal warning system, published in the Federal Official Gazette (Spanish Acronym - DOF) on November 8, 2019.  Last March 27, 2020, the Ministry of Economy published, in the evening edition of the DOF, the Modification to Mexican Official Standard NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010, General labeling specifications for pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverages – Commercial and sanitary information.


The modifications to NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010 have the purpose to establish a frontal labeling system warning, clearly and truthfully, about the content of critical nutriments and ingredients representing health risks if consumed excessively.


The dispositions set forth in the new Frontal labeling system chapter, as well as the dispositions set forth in sections 7.1.3 and 7.1.4 regarding sweeteners and added caffeine will enter into force as of October 1, 2020.


Al other modifications to NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010 will become effective on April 1, 2021.


For the calculation and evaluation of the values and profiles concerning complementary nutritional information, three different stages have been set, same that will operate progressively, as follows:


a) Between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2023, the calculation and evaluation of the complementary nutritional information will be conducted as per the following criteria and values:


  • If added sugars are incorporated, both sugars and calories will have to be evaluated.
  • If fats are added, saturated fats, trans fats and calories will have to be evaluated.
  • If sodium is incorporated, only sodium would have to be evaluated.

The nutrimental profiles to be evaluated in this first stage are:


  Energy Sugars Saturated fats Trans fats Sodium
Solids in 100 g of product ≥ 275 total kcal

≥ 10 % of the total energy coming from free sugars


Beverages with


≥ 10 % of the total energy coming from saturated fats ≥ 1 % of the total energy coming from trans fats

≥ 350 mg


Calorie free drinks:
≥ 45 mg


Liquids in 100 ml of product ≥ 70 total kcal or ≥ 10 kcal of free sugars
Wording to be used EXCESS CALORIES EXCESS SUGARS EXCESS SATURATED FATS EXCESS TRANS FATS EXCESS SODIUM

 


During this first stage, the specifications set forth in section 4.5.3 (Complementary nutritional information) of the modification of the standard nor the values set forth in Chart 6 (section 4.5.3) concerning Nutrimental Profiles, will not be in force.


b) Between October 1, 2023 and September 30, 2025, the calculation and evaluation of the complementary nutritional information will be conducted as per the following criteria and values:


  • If added sugars are incorporated, both sugars and calories will have to be evaluated.
  • If fats are added, saturated fats, trans fats and calories will have to be evaluated.
  • If sodium is incorporated, only sodium would have to be evaluated.

The nutrimental profiles to be evaluated in this second stage are:


  Energy Sugars Saturated fats Trans fats Sodium
Solids in 100 g of product ≥ 275 total kcal ≥ 10 % of the total energy coming from free sugars ≥ 10 % of the total energy coming from saturated fats ≥ 1 % of the total energy coming from trans fats

≥ 1 mg of sodium per kcal or ≥ 300 mg


Calorie free drinks:≥ 45 mg of sodium


Liquids in 100 ml of product ≥ 70 total kcal or ≥ 8 kcal of free sugars
Wording to be used EXCESS CALORIES EXCESS SUGARS EXCESS SATURATED FATS EXCESS TRANS FATS EXCESS SODIUM

 


During the second stage, the specifications set forth in section 4.5.3 (Complementary nutritional information) of the modification of the standard will not be in force.


 


c) As of October 1, 2025, the calculation and evaluation of the complementary nutritional information will be conducted by applying, comprehensively, the dispositions set forth in Section 4.5.3 Complementary nutritional information, as well as Chart 6 of the same Section, concerning Nutrimental Profiles.


The Federal Consumer Protection Agency must issue, before October 1, 2020, the Guidelines for the registry and recognition of the professional organizations and associations able to issue the recommendations stamps and wording for food and non-alcoholic beverages, in order to be able to comply with the dispositions set forth in section 4.1.4 (recommendation stamps and wording by professional organizations and associations).


No later than September 27, 2020, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Health will determine, jointly, and within the scope of their respective powers, the proper indicators of both quantitative and qualitative data that will allow the evaluation and technical support of the results in the implementation of the modification to NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010.


Each one of the stages previously described will be evaluated separately through the application of the abovementioned indicators as soon as said phases are concluded, under the understanding that the last evaluation will be conducted with the data obtained as of September 30, 2028.


Finally, the Accordance by means of which the Guidelines referred to in article 25 of the Regulations for Sanitary Control of Products and Services are issued, which will have to be observed by pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverages manufacturers for purposes of the information that will have to be shown in the frontal exhibition area, as well as the criteria and characteristics for the obtaining and use of the nutritional badge set forth in article 25 Bis of the Regulations for Sanitary Control of Products and Services, published in the DOF on April 15, 2014, have been repealed.


The lawyers of the Health Law Practice are at your disposal to clarify any query you may have over these topics.


 


Daniel del Río


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Rodolfo Barreda Alvarado


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Ricardo Evangelista


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Mariana Arrieta


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