The National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) prohibited the elaboration, fractionation and commercialization throughout the national territory as well as on online sales platforms of the products of a brand of artisanal granola.
These are foods made by the Nutrinola brand, prohibited “because they lack health records for the product and establishment, turning out to be falsely labeled products and consequently illegal,” Anmat explained. The resolution was published this Thursday in the Official Gazette.
What is maca?
Maca is a Peruvian plant from the broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage family, which traditionally has culinary and medicinal uses. It is not included in the Argentine Food Code (CAA), so its use as an ingredient is not allowed. In 2016 ANMAT prohibited the marketing of any product containing maca.
The proceedings began with a complaint received by the National Food Institute (INAL) in relation to Nutrinola brand granola with Andean maca, which was marketed in Santa Fe. Consulted by Anmat, the Santa Fe Food Safety Agency (ASSAl) reported that in its database there are no records of the product.
According to the resolution of this Thursday, the elaboration, fractionation and commercialization throughout the national territory and on online sales platforms of the following products is prohibited:
- Artisan granola – no added sugar – no preservatives Energizing! with Nutrinola brand Andean maca.
- Artisan granola – no preservatives – 100% vegan, fancy name: Cocada.
- Artisan granola – no added sugar – no preservatives, fancy name: Traditional.
- Tropical Granola – 100% vegan and Granola base – suitable for vegans – without preservatives.
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