The ANMAT banned some granola bars for containing an ingredient that is not allowed

The provision was published this Thursday in the Official Gazette

The National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology banned this Thursday through its publication in the Official bulletin, products of a brand of granola for containing an ingredient that is not allowed and different administrative irregularities.

Provision 3015/2022 established the prohibition of the elaboration, fractionation and commercialization throughout the national territory and on the online sales platforms of the products of the Nutrinola brand: “Artisan granola – no added sugar – no preservatives Energizer with Nutrinola brand Andean maca, Artisan granola – no preservatives – 100% vegan, fantasy name: Cocada; Artisanal granola – no added sugar – no preservatives, fancy name: Traditional; Tropical Granola – 100% vegan and Granola base – suitable vegan – without preservatives, Santa Fe – Argentina” due to the lack of health records for the product and establishment, resulting in products being falsely labeled and consequently illegal.

In its recital, it explains that the proceedings were initiated as a result of a complaint received in the Department of Food and Nutritional Surveillance of Food of the National Food Institute (INAL) in relation to the commercialization of the first of these products that did not comply with current regulations.

Given this, a federal consultation was carried out to the Santafesina Food Safety Agency (ASSAl), to report if it was registered. There was no data on it and also maca is not included in the Argentine Food Code (CAA), so its use as an ingredient is not allowed.

Likewise, it indicates that there is precedent: by ANMAT Provision No. 5323/2016, published in the Official Gazette on May 19, 2016, The commercialization throughout the national territory of any product in which maca of any origin and brand is found among its ingredients was prohibited.

Jointly, the ASSAl reported that it verified the marketing on online sales platforms of other varieties of Nutrinola brand granola and detailed that in its database there are no records of products with that brand, denomination and trade name.

Decision communicated by ANMAT (Gustavo Gavotti)
Decision communicated by ANMAT (Gustavo Gavotti)

As a consequence, it was determined that the product “Artisan granola – no added sugar – no preservatives Nutrinola brand Energizing with Andean maca” is in violation for lacking sanitary product and establishment registrations, and containing an ingredient that is not allowed in food.

At the same time, it was stated that the rest of the Nutrinola brand granola varieties are in violation due to the lack of product and establishment health records, “turning out to be falsely labeled products and consequently illegal.”

Because they are products that cannot be reliably and clearly identified as produced, processed and/or fractionated in a specific establishment, “They may not be produced in any part of the country, nor marketed or sold in the territory of the Republic”.

Finally, and in order to protect the health of citizens against the consumption of illegal products, whenever they are food products that lack registration, which is why their traceability, their production conditions, their quality with adequate levels of control under the conditions established by current regulations and their safety, the Department of Guidance in Food Regulations of the INAL It recommended prohibiting the elaboration, fractionation and commercialization throughout the national territory of the aforementioned foods.

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