Brazil: Allergen Labeling Mandatory from 2016


Posted By: Selerant RSA

 

On July, 3rd 2015, the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) published in the Official Journal rules for mandatory allergen labeling. Until now, certain food companies were providing allergen information on labels on voluntary basis.

Who should comply?

These rules will apply in Brazil to food and beverages, food ingredients, food additives and adjuvants, packaged in the absence of consumers, including those intended exclusively for industrial processing and those intended for food services.

When should labels change?

Food operators will have one year to adapt their allergen labels, by July 2016 at the latest.

What exactly needs to change?

Food operators will need to put on labels the following allergen-related statements:

“Allergic: Contains (usual denomination of the foods that cause food allergies)”, “Allergic: Contains derivatives of (usual denomination of the foods that cause food allergies)” or “Allergic: Contains (usual denomination of the foods that cause food allergies) and derivatives.

In cases when it is not possible to assure the absence of allergens, the label must bear “Allergic: May contain (usual denomination of the foods that cause food allergies)”.

The alerts must be in capital letters, minimum 2mm high and bold, in colors contrasting with the label background.

The full list of allergens includes 22 items:

Allergen

Declaration in Portuguese

Allergen

Declaration in Portuguese

Wheat

Trigo

Hazelnuts

Avelãs

Rye

Centeio

Cashews

Castanha-de-caju

Barley

Cevada

Brazil nuts

Castanha-do-brasil ou castanha-do-pará

Oats

Aveia

Macadamia nut

Macadâmias

Crustaceans

Crustáceos

Walnuts

Nozes

Eggs

Ovos

Pecan nuts

Pecãs

Fish

Peixes

Pistachio nuts

Pistaches

Peanuts

Amendoim

Pinoli

Pinoli

Soybeans

Soja

Chestnut

Castanhas

Milk

Leite

natural rubber

Látex natural

Almonds

Amêndoa

Sulphite

Sulfito

 

What is the easiest way for your business to implement these changes?

A detailed food labeling guide for Brazil will soon become available in our RegData® database.