23% of processed foods and beverages that are on sale in the country failed to register the new labels with the “lights” in the deadline set by the Ministry of Health.
The deadline for food and beverage companies to comply with the new labeling concluded on November 29. Until that date the labels of 10 102 products should have register; however, 7743 were reported, representing a 77%.
According to the labeling rules, approved by the Ministry of Health, the sanitary registration (without which any product can go on sale) will be suspended or canceled in accordance with the rule the Ministry of that field must issue.
Ramiro Gonzalez, Minister of Industries, said on Friday: “We are looking at the possibility of attaching a sticker to products on hangers.”
The authority also hinted that it could be an extension of the deadline. “There will not be a confiscation of food, we are seeing if three or four months of expansion are needed,” he said.