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  • Nutrition Labeling for Airline Food in Brazil?

    Thursday, July 16th, 2009

    Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry (MPF) has “recommended” to all Brazilian airline companies* to comply with Law 10.674 (requiring consumers to be informed whether foods contain gluten or not) and existing National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (Anvisa) regulations on nutrition labeling (Resolutions RDC 359/03 and 360/03) within the next 30 days.  The Anvisa regulations impose mandatory nutrition […]

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    A Bill to Require EIAs Before Packaging Drinks in Plastic

    Saturday, May 30th, 2009

    Last year in a post about efforts in Brazil to stop the sale of beer in PET bottles, I explored some of the possible ramifications of an April 2008 rejection by a federal judge of all challenges to a 2002 ruling that brewers wishing to bottle their beer in PET or any other plastic must […]

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    Brazilian Resistance to Beer in PET Bottles

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

    Brazilian brewers wanting to market their beers in PET bottles are not having a good year.  First a court ruling that such bottles pose a significant risk to the environment, and therefore require environmental impact studies and licensing.  Then a state ban on pigmented PET, and now a looming state ban on PET bottles for […]

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    Tetra-Pak Chooses to Deal

    Thursday, July 26th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: In May the environment officials of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná called in Tetra Pak officials and told them to come up with a proposal to solve the post-consumer waste problem in that state associated with their long-life (aseptic) packaging — or face drastic action by the government, such as banning […]

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    Court to Exec Branch: If You Don’t Enforce, You’re Also Liable for Environmental Damage

    Thursday, May 31st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Second Turma (not sure how to best translate this into English — Chamber, perhaps?) of Brazil’s Superior Court (Superior Tribunal de Justiça – STJ) has just issued a ruling which, on the face of it (I’m in the process of consulting my Brazilian environmental lawyer friends just to make sure I […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC V – A Sample Panorama of LAC Consumer News

    Friday, May 11th, 2007

    When I started this series, I promised a five-part overview of consumer protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). So far I’ve looked at how consumer agencies and consumer NGOs in the region celebrated World Consumer Rights Day, how intergovernmental bodies have influenced the development of consumer law in the region, the […]

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