In an article published on May 13, 2019 by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, Catherine Nielsen from law firm Keller and Heckman LLP provided an overview of the current regulation of food contact materials (FCMs) in South America. Consisting of member countries Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and soon Bolivia, the article explains that the MERCOSUR trade bloc is largely harmonized and regulates FCMs in a way fundamentally similar to the EU’s regulatory system through the use of positive lists and migration limits. In contrast, member countries of the Comunidad Andina (CAN) consisting of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru regulate FCMs through non-harmonized, national legislation. The article reviews and discusses the development of many of the specific, existing pieces of legislation with food contact relevance on both the national and trade bloc levels.

On June 21, 2019, the second article in this two-part series was published and summarized FCM regulations in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, and Belize.

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Catherine Nielsen (May 13, 2019). “Expert Focus: Regulation of FCMs in Latin America.” Chemical Watch

Catherine Nielsen (June 21, 2019). “Expert Focus: Regulation of FCMs in Latin America, Part II.” Chemical Watch