Objectives of the Presentation
Why Should you Attend
- Understand the application of NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010
- Know the new mandatory Front of Pack labeling
- Know about the Regulatory Competent Authority in Mexico for processed food (RCA)
- Have general knowledge about other further Mexican Standards regarding labeling requirements
- Know times for response from the RCA
- Know about official web sites to get information
- Learn about the steps to get the status "organic"
U.S. exports of agricultural products to Mexico rose 7% to US$19.3 billion in 2014, ranking it 3rd in the world after China and Canada. Also in 2014, U.S. exports of consumer-ready food products represented 48% of the agricultural total, or US$9.2 billion, an increase of 12% from 2013 and a new record high. Mexico remains the 2nd largest export market for consumer ready products. Besides this, consumer interest on health products, natural products and organic products require accomplishment of specific rules in order to address special characteristics.
All importers and producers of processed food products must know and apply these regulations in the labels of their products intended to be imported and commercialized in Mexico.
Mexican requirements for specific commercial information which must be marked on products sold to consumers may differ based on product. In general, specific labeling requirements for prepackaged food and non-alcoholic beverages are included in NOM-051-SCFI-1994 "General Specifications for Labeling Prepackaged Foods and Non-alcoholic Beverages". The Mexican importer is responsible for making sure that the products comply with the NOM. For this reason, U.S. exporters should seek informed advice from an agent, distributor, importer or local consultant familiar with the market requirements.
The changes established in the regulations are mandatory for food and non-alcoholic beverage products. The amendments to the regulation also include a 'voluntary nutritional quality seal' that would be awarded to those products that comply with specific requirements established in the new regulation and by request of the manufacturer of the product.
Our featured presenter, Esther Diaz, who worked in Mexican Federal Government at Health Ministry, will discuss:
Who will Benefit
- Description of the Mexican Regulatory Authorities for human food
- Overview of the general Mexican Regulatory Framework
- Description of the amendments Regulation of Sanitary Control of Product and Services
- Description of Mexican Standard NOM-051.SCFI/SSA1-2010
- Overview of further Mexican Official Standards regarding labeling requirements
- Special considerations for food supplements
- Procedure for getting the "organic" permission
- Food industry professionals
- Quality Assurance and Food Safety Managers
- R&D Managers
- Food Scientist
- Marketing Managers
- Customs agents
In 2013, the country passed a comprehensive obesity prevention strategy that included awareness-raising, healthcare, regulatory and fiscal initiatives.