Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade - Notification - Uruguay - Contaminants in food


The following notification is being circulated in accordance with Article 10.6.



Notifying Member: URUGUAY

If applicable, name of local government involved (Articles 3.2 and 7.2):


Agency responsible:

Asesoría de Política Comercial (Trade Policy Advisory Office)

Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas (Ministry of Economy and Finance)

Paraguay 1401 - 2º Piso


Tel.: (+598) 1712, Ext. 4315/4319


Name and address (including telephone and fax numbers, email and website addresses, if available) of agency or authority designated to handle comments regarding the notification shall be indicated if different from above:

Dirección Nacional de Industrias (National Directorate of Industry)

Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Minería (Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining)

Mercedes 1041 - 1º Piso


Tel.: (+598) 2840 1234, Ext. 2166



Notified under Article 2.9.2 [X], 2.10.1 [ ], 5.6.2 [ ], 5.7.1 [ ], 3.2 [ ], 7.2 [ ], other:


Products covered (HS or CCCN where applicable, otherwise national tariff heading. ICS numbers may be provided in addition, where applicable): Contaminants in food


Title, number of pages and language(s) of the notified document: Resolución GMC Nº 06/23 - Definición de Contaminante (Modificación de la Resolución GMC Nº 31/92) (Common Market Group (GMC) Resolution No. 06/23: Definition of Contaminant (Modification of GMC Resolution No. 31/92)); (1 page, in Spanish)


Description of content: The notified Resolution updates the definition of contaminant ("any undesirable substance not intentionally added to food and that is present as a result of primary production, industrialization, processing, preparation, treatment, packaging, transport or holding of such food or as a result of environmental pollution") and makes it independent of the regulations within MERCOSUR governing food additives and technology adjuvants.


Objective and rationale, including the nature of urgent problems where applicable: Protection of human health or safety


Relevant documents: -



Proposed date of adoption: To be determined

Proposed date of entry into force: To be determined


Final date for comments: 60 days from notification


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