The National Agency of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) issued Disposition No. 6924/2022 (“Disposition“) on 30 August 2022. The same provides some clarifications regarding the advertising, promotion and/or sponsorship of packaged food and nonalcoholic beverages containing at least one warning seal, including precautionary legends (“Products“). The Disposition will take effect on the same day of its publication in the Official Gazette.
Law No. 27,642 on the Promotion of Healthy Eating (“Front Labeling Law“) and Regulatory Decree No. 151/2022 (“Decree“), establish some general guidelines regarding the advertising, promotion and/or sponsorship of the Products.
In this regard, the Front Labeling Law provides that if the advertising, promotion and/or sponsorship of the Products is especially directed to children and teenagers, then it will be prohibited. In addition, the offer, commercialization, advertising, promotion or sponsorship of the Products in educational establishments is prohibited. For other cases (i.e., advertising not specifically addressed to children or teenagers), it establishes certain restrictions and guidelines to be followed.
On the other hand, the Decree establishes that ANMAT will be the authority that will supervise and control all advertising, promotion and/or sponsorship of the Products. It also establishes that ANMAT will dictate the necessary clarifying or supplementary rules, considering the media through which the advertising is made, and based on the guidelines established by the Front Labeling Law.
Thus, the purpose of the Disposition is to provide some clarifications and more specific mandatory guidelines that the advertising, promotion and/or sponsorship of the Products must follow. Among others, we highlight the following:
- The Disposition is applicable to all advertising, promotion and/or sponsorship of the Products — whether domestic or imported — directed to the public and disseminated through traditional or digital means.
- The same must comply with the ‘General Rules’ approved under Annex I of Disposition No. 4980/2005, but it shall not be covered by the ‘Specific Rules for the Advertising of Food Products’ approved under Annex I of the same Disposition, nor by Disposition No. 7730/2011.
- Instead, ‘Specific Rules for the Advertising of Food Products Containing at least One Warning Stamp’ (Annex I of the Disposition) are approved.
- The content of the advertising, promotion and/or sponsorship of the Products must be adapted once the labels have been adapted (in accordance with the deadlines set forth under the Decree).
In case of non-compliance, the owner of the advertised product — and whoever is in charge of the technical management — will be subject to the penalties set forth under Law No. 19,283, Decrees No. 2126/71 and No. 341/92, and Disposition No. 1710/08. Likewise, the owner of the advertised products shall be responsible for guaranteeing that the digital content created and/or disseminated by third parties complies with the Disposition and applicable regulations.
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