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Storing Food in Yoghurt, Cream Containers a Potential Cancer Risk

By Jan Hogewoning | Thu, 09/17/2020 - 17:21

According to the federal consumer watchdog PROFECO, storing food in yogurt or cream containers may present a cancer risk. The agency pointed specifically to the presence of substance Bisphenol A, which is used to harden plastic and is found in the inner lining of some containers. The agency also stated that zipper bags do not present the same risk.

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G-20 Meeting on Agriculture and Water

During the G-20 Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Water organized by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the representative of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) called for clear and transparent rules to assure that efforts to guarantee the world’s food supply continue during the health crisis with extra consideration for sustainable use of natural resources, such as soil and water.

Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and the US issued a declaration in favor of agri-food trade during the health emergency at the same ministerial meeting.


Labeling Reform

In preparation for the new labeling norm for food and non-alcoholic beverages, several large companies have already begun to place stickers on their products. However, Mariana Curiel, from the Mexican Association of Labeling, Nutritional Labeling, Training and Entrepreuneurship (AMEENCE), stated in an interview with El Economista this week that companies are not using the right labeling standards on their products.


Barley Production

The National Service of Inspection and Certification of Seeds (SNICS) has signed an agreement regarding certified seeds with the beer brewing giants Grupo Modelo and Heineken. The agreement stipulates that at least 50 percent of the barley seeds sown must be certified by the body.


Trade Surplus

According to SADER, the agri-food surplus has grown 21.4 percent from January to July 2020. The trade balance for the first seven months stands at US$8.09 billion.


The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Mexico Business News, SADER, Reporte Indigo
Photo by:   Maerz Bow
Jan Hogewoning Jan Hogewoning Journalist and Industry Analyst