On July 16, 2012, the Secretariat of Health (SS) published in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register) an agreement on additives approved for use in food, beverages, and dietary supplements.
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Mexico Approves Additives for Food and Beverages
Food Processing Ingredients
On July 16, 2012, the Secretariat of Health (SS) published in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register) an
agreement on additives approved for use in food, beverages, and dietary supplements. The previous
agreement, published in 2006, was revoked.
This report summarizes an announcement by the Secretariat of Health (SS) published in Mexico’s
“Diario Oficial” (Federal Register) on July 16, 2012, on additives and other substances approved for use
in food, beverages and dietary supplements.
Disclaimer: This summary is based on a cursory review of the subject announcement and therefore
should not, under any circumstances, be viewed as a definitive reading of the regulation in question, or
of its implications for U.S. agricultural export trade interests. In the event of a discrepancy or
discrepancies between this summary and the complete regulation or announcement as published in
Spanish, the latter shall prevail.
Title: Agreement that establishes additives and processing aids in food, beverages, and dietary
supplements, its use and sanitary dispositions.
1. Publication Date: July 16, 2012
2. Effective Date: October 8, 2012 (sixty working days after publication)
On July 16, 2012, the Secretariat of Health (SS) announced an agreement that determines the additives
and processing aids that can be used in products intended for human consumption. This measure is
intended to protect public health by regulating products destined for human use or consumption through
the adequate control of additives used in product elaboration. This agreement will be updated every 6
The previous agreement that established the permitted substances to be used as additives in food,
beverages, and dietary supplements, published on July 17, 2006, and its modifications, is now revoked.
(See Reports MX6058, and MX6070)
The permitted substances for use as additives in products are grouped into eleven annexes that specify
for each of the food additives or groups of food additives, the product categories that recognize the use
of the additive and, if applicable, the maximum use dosage. The annexes are:
ANNEX I: Additives with different functional classes and an ADI (acceptable daily intake) established;
ANNEX II: Additives with different functional classes that can be used according to Good
Manufacturing Practices (GMP);
ANNEX III: Dyes with an ADI;
ANNEX IV: Dyes that can be used according to GMP;
ANNEX V: Substances purified to chew;
ANNEX VI: Enzymes;
ANNEX VII: Sweeteners with an ADI;
ANNEX VIII: Sweeteners that can be used according to GMP;
ANNEX IX: additives permitted in infant formulas, follow-up formulas, and formulas for special
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ANNEX X: Processing Aids and
ANNEX XI: Flavors.
There may be food and supplement additives still in use today that are not listed in the new agreement
but that are listed in the previous agreement, as published in the Diario Oficial on July 17, 2006 (as
amended), in the appendix to the “Regulation of Sanitary Control of Products and Services” and/or in
the Mexican Official Norms. These additives will be granted a grace period of 12 months from the
entry into force of this agreement to apply for inclusion. The application process for inclusion is
provided in the applicable health requirements and the fourteenth article of this agreement. During the
grace period, additives may continue to be used in accordance with the above provisions.
Post strongly recommends that interested parties review the whole text of this agreement as it contains
detailed information on various functional and technical classes of additives, information on how to
elaborate flavorings, information on how to apply for inclusion of an additive, and other important
information. The publication can be found in the Diario Oficial page.
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