The Guide to Food Regulations in Mexico is an easy-to-use publication which provides information to companies interested in learning about Mexican food legislation.
It is divided into 9 main sections containing 215 pages:
- General Remarks
- Additives and processing aids
- Food subject to mandatory fortification
- Foodstuffs with modification in their composition
- Beverages, Non-alcoholic - Compositional and Labelling Requirements
- Biscuits and Fine Bakery Wares - Compositional and Labelling Requirements
- Chocolate and Chocolate Products - Compositional and Labelling Requirements
- Sugar Confectionery - Compositional and Labelling Requirements
- General Labelling Requirements
- The above sections are also complemented by two Appendices covering trade agreements and portion sizes
The section General Remarks provides an insight on how food legislation is controlled in Mexico, listing the main statutory instruments building the framework of food safety, hygiene and consumer information in the country, including topics such as control of additives, flavourings, labelling, contaminants and materials and articles in contact with food.
It also contains information about the authorities responsible for food control and includes a summary of registration requirements for the foods controlled by the Health Secretariat.
Food Additives and Processing Aids
This section the positive list of additives authorised and their conditions of use in Mexico, with references to INS numbers together with the processing aids that can be used in the manufacture of foodstuffs and food supplements.
Food Subject to Mandatory Fortification
In Mexico, flour, salt and margarine must be fortified. This section explains the provisions related to the fortification of these foodstuffs.
Foodstuffs with Modification in their Composition
This section provides an overview on the Mexican rules covering foods and non-alcoholic beverages which composition can be modified by adding, reducing or removing one or more food constituents (e.g. fat, salt, sugar).
Compositional and Labelling Requirements: Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Biscuits and Fine Bakery Wares, Chocolate and Chocolate Products, and Sugar Confectionery
These four sections contain information on compositional requirements as laid down in individual commodity-based standards, listing reserved descriptions used, mandatory and optional ingredients (including additives other than those covered by the relevant additive sections) and specific labelling requirements, where applicable.
General Labelling Requirements
The section describes the main provisions related to general labelling and nutrition labelling applicable in the country.
This section also includes national provisions related to labelling, detailed information on the rules covering nutrition and health claims, allergen declaration and additional labelling requirements, such as declaration of flavourings.
Note: The electronic copy of this Guide will be issued in the form of a secure PDF file which is accessible from one PC only.