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Dozens of snack foods removed from Mexican shelves for label noncompliance

Mexico City, Mexico — If you’re having a hard time finding your favorite snack food, you may want to look to Cofepris. Earlier this week, the agency began to pull national and imported products for failing to comply with Mexican food labeling practices.

The large list of products temporarily pulled from Mexican grocery and convenience store shelves include popular snack foods such as Doritos, Cheetos sugar free Coca Cola and Dr Pepper.

The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), along with the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (Profeco), says the listed products failed to comply with the NOM-051 standard and its modification for prepackaged food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Other products temporarily removed from shelves include cereal, powdered chocolate, cookies, sauces, jams, french fries and some flavored gelatin products. In a statement, the agencies said the products were pulled for irregularities in their labeling that included failing to include a stamp of excess calories, excess sugars and legend of allergens.

In Mexico, mandatory labeling of the commercial and health information must be provided on the the prepackaged product intended for the final consumer. Nutritional warning seals must also be located on the front of the packages.