Argentina’s ANMAT recalls food and medical products

By Asia Sherman

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Argentina’s National Administration of Drugs, Foods and Medical Devices (ANMAT) recalled a list of products this month including olive oils, canned goods and medical items for failing to comply with current regulations.

Although most of have since met code, the recall on “Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 100% natural, origin Tinogasta – Catamarca” remains in effect. ANMAT cited the product for illegal labeling and for failing to show the proper National Register of Food Product (R.N.P.A.) and National Register of Establishment (R.N.E.) numbers.

The provision refers to Article 9 of the Argentine Food Code, which regulates locally produced and imported food products, stating that since the olive oil “cannot be identified as produced, processed and/or fractionated at a specific establishment, it cannot be produced, marketed or sold anywhere in the country while the sanction is still in force.”

Items that have since been removed from the October list included all regional food products sold by Granjas Patagónicas - ​ “Cream salmon paté”, “Salmon in oil with capers and smoked almonds”, “Lamb paté with white wine and rosemary”, “Salmon smoked in oil”, "Trout in oil with pepper and lemon", “Trout paté with mushrooms”, “Deer paté with mushrooms from the South” and “Smoked trout in oil with roasted chestnuts”, among others. These were only authorized for market in the province of Río Negro and lacked the proper permissions for national distribution.

ANMAT also prohibited the use, marketing and distribution of two brands of stainless steel endodontic files, a sterile disposable clothing kit and other dental supplies.  ​According to the administration, these posed a “sanitary risk for potential users" ​until registered in the Registry of Medical Technology Producers and Products to ensure compliance with “the minimum sanitary requirements and the requirements that guarantee the quality, safety and effectiveness of these types of products."

Other items initially put on notice were olive oils produced by Olivares Serranos and San Rafael de Cuyo, regional sweets from the Casero brand, Nativa low-sodium water, a stress-releasing beverage with chamomile and linden extracts made by Camino de Vida, Beautiful II fluoride releasing dental material manufactured by Shofu Dental Corporation, instant powdered OPTIMA milks, as well as goat, boar, capybara, viscacha and deer meats pickled by La Alemana

Once requirements are met, cases are archived.

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