news Published on October 26, 2020

Countries press Mexico to delay the entry date of the new food labelling standard

The US, Canada, Switzerland and the European Union through the WTO, asked for a two-year transition to comply with the new amendments instead of beginning this October 1st, 2020. Canada asked the start to be pushed back at least 12 months.

The new amendments to the NOM-051 for all pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverages will enter into force on October 1st, 2020.  

Due to all the changes needed within the supply chains of the food products, only a few large companies like Bimbo or Lala, are ready for these changes. Still, the transition for SMEs is more complicated due to the costs and volume of operations incurred.

The United States, the European Union, Canada and Switzerland have explicitly requested that the entry into force of the rule to be delayed. In the minutes published by the WTO on May 13 and 14, the US delegation expressed that it was in favour of Mexico's public health objective. Still, the main concern was the date of implementation of NOM-051 and both the US and the European Union delegations requested a two-year transition period. and Canada asked at least for a 12-month transition.

The Swiss delegation said that changes in labelling requirements would add difficulties "at a time when producers, importers and retailers are trying to ensure an uninterrupted supply of food and beverages to the Mexican market," according to the document.

Holland House Mexico, the bilateral Chamber of Commerce, is here to help you in the process. Through one of our partners, we can help you assess your situation and prepare your products on time. Our silver member Corporativo IYOL is here to help you. Please contact us for more information.