The ANMAT prohibited the sale of a fake candy that imitated a well-known brand

The reason for banning this Argentine candy is that it is a counterfeit product, which lacks registration and is falsely labeled

The National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology prohibited this Thursday, through its publication in the Official Gazette, the marketing of a famous Argentine candy: the Mantecol.

Through Provision 3604/2022, The Anmat prohibits the elaboration, fractionation and commercialization throughout the country of the counterfeit product whose label says: “Dessert based on peanut paste and cocoa brand MANTECOLRNE Nº 02-0000604, RNPA Nº 02-569076, plastic container presentation 3.3 Kg. Expiration 02/12/23, L18 140″, since it does not comply with current regulations.

The reason for this measure is that It is a counterfeit product, which lacks records and is falsely labeled by consigning in its information the records of the establishment and product belonging to the firm Mondelez Argentina SAhence turns out to be illegal. The resolution highlights that it is a counterfeit candy that uses the information of a genuine food, lacks registration and is falsely labeled.

The ANMAT prohibited this Thursday, through its publication in the Official Gazette, the commercialization of a famous Argentine candy: Mantecol
The ANMAT prohibited this Thursday, through its publication in the Official Gazette, the commercialization of a famous Argentine candy: Mantecol

As explained in the statement in its recital, the action was taken as a result of the fact that the Food Sanitary and Nutritional Surveillance Department of the National Food Institute (INAL) became aware of a complaint by the firm Mondelez Argentina SA in relation to the marketing of this counterfeit product.

The complaint filed with the Federal Criminal and Correctional Court No. 2 of San Isidro highlights that the legitimate manufacturer received three complaints from consumers who indicated that the food had foreign elements.

After an investigation, the company determined that the investigated product is not manufactured or marketed by Mondelez Argentina SA since it was found that it is distinguished by a label version similar to the one used in 2014.

The differences

The Official Gazette highlights the different elements between both products. The counterfeit candy sports a different net content than the one currently marketed, the counterfeit buttermilk image is blurry with black borders, and the counterfeit name says “Cocoa Peanut Paste-Based Dessert” while the legitimate one says “Dessert based on peanut paste with almonds and cocoa”.

The counterfeit product (on the right) does not have insignia or illustrations indicating
The counterfeit product (on the right) does not have insignia or illustrations indicating “with almonds”, the expiration of the same is printed on the label without a dater

But the differences do not end there, in addition, the counterfeit product does not have insignia or illustrations that indicate “with almonds”, its expiration date is printed on the label without a dater while the legitimate one uses a lot code and expiration date printed with ink. inkjet with its own coding, the useful life of the legitimate product is one (1) year, while the counterfeit product displays a production date and an expiration date on its label, which results in a declaration of almost five (5) years.

In the Provision, which bears the signature of Manuel Limeres (national administrator of ANMAT), the image of the labels is attached in a comparative way between the illegal food and that of the genuine candy. Consequently, since they are products that cannot be reliably and clearly identified as produced, processed and/or fractionated in a specific establishment, they may not be manufactured in any part of the country, nor marketed or sold in the territory of the Republic. in accordance with the provisions of Article 9 of Law 18284.

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