On 11 October 2019, the Mexican Government published in the Federal Official Gazette a Draft Amendment to Mexican Official Standard NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010, General labeling specifications for pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverages - Sanitary and commercial information, published on 5 April 2010.
This draft implements the new provisions referred to in the draft amendment to the General Health Law that was recently approved in the House of Representatives (Camara de Diputados) and was sent to the Senate (Cámara de Senadores) for its analysis.
Among other provisions, the draft amendments to NOM-051 include changes to several definitions, the inclusion of warning legends and alerts in case that the levels of certain products are exceeded, prohibition of use of certain legends and the inclusion of a front labeling that must include certain supplementary and warning information related to the content of certain ingredients that may represent a health risk.
If both draft amendments are approved, they will represent a major change to the labeling requirements of pre-packaged food and beverages in Mexico.
As part of the process for the issuance of Mexican Official Standards, and as a result of the publication of the draft amendment to NOM-051, the interested parties have a 60-day (calendar days) period to file comments related to this publication.