This Wednesday, September 27, the law was published in the newspaper El Peruano, which aims to ensure that all foods that do not contain gluten carry the barred spike label—the international symbol for this type of product. so that consumers make informed decisions, especially those people who suffer from celiac disease, intolerance or allergy to gluten.
Law 31881 states that for foods to be labeled as ‘gluten-free’ or ‘gluten-free’ they must meet the conditions that will be established in the regulations. Likewise, manufacturers must have a program of good manufacturing practices, established by the General Directorate of Environmental Health (Digesa).
He Ministry of Health (Minsa) will authorize the inclusion on the containers, containers, wrappers or labels of products that do not contain gluten. the symbol of a barred spike within a circle, in accordance with the characteristics indicated in the regulations, without prejudice to the inspections and analyzes that said ministry may order, at any time and without prior notice, the rule specifies.
Regarding advertising, the authority in charge of compliance with the provisions is the Commission for the Supervision of Unfair Competition of the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi) and the respective commissions of the regional offices. in which their functions had been deconcentrated, applying for this purpose the provisions of Legislative Decree 1044, Law for the Repression of Unfair Competition.
In its complementary provisions, the study and clinical and epidemiological research of celiac disease, as well as professional training in the early arrest, diagnosis and treatment of said disease, are declared of national interest, to propose public policies that contribute to making better decisions in favor of people’s health.
Regarding the deadlines, the Minsa will have 60 calendar days (until November 26, 2023) to regulate the form, conditions and procedures of the necessary authorizations and inspectionswhile suppliers, distributors or merchants will have 180 calendar days (March 25, 2024) to adapt.
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