Once again health and safety approval has been rejected for the product Nutrileche made by the Mexican company Lala, as it did not meet the minimum requirements to be considered as milk.
With this latest effort, there have now been a total of fourteen attempts by the company Productos Lácteos de Centroamérica, SA
, a subsidiary of Mexico
's Grupo Lala
, to register the Nutrileche brand in Guatemala. Among the reasons given for not approving the health permit is the fact that the product, a dairy substitute, does not meet the minimum requirements to be considered as milk
Laprensa.com.ni reports that "... The Constitutional Court of Guatemala
granted an interim appeal to the Dairy Development Association which effectively suspends the health and safety approval for the brand name Nutrileche. Because of this the product does meet the legal
requirements needed in order to be sold in this country without being considered misleading advertising. "
He adds that "... The Lala Group submitted an application to the Department for the Regulation and Control of Food at the Guatemalan Ministry of Health to renew the health record for Nutrileche, which expired on March 30, 2014. But it was rejected because the Guatemalan Standards Commission concluded that its content of 5.5 grams of protein per 250 milliliters is equivalent to 2.2%. That is less than the 3.2% needed to to be considered as milk in Guatemala".
, ending a conflict which for several months affected the performance of the sector in both countries.