The National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) prohibited “the production, fractionation and marketing throughout the national territory” of sunflower oil brand Sampietro Nuestro Sabor, for “lacking health records” and being “products falsely labeled and therefore illegal.” This was announced through the Provision 1030/2022, published this Monday in the Official bulletin.
The agency specified that the measure reaches all the bottles of this food that have as RNPA the number 2906-9970/2016 and as RNE, the records 01-001604 and 02-034934, which were discovered to be “belonging to other companies ”.
The ANMAT authorities explained that the proceedings were initiated “because the Institute of Food Control and Bromatology of the province of Entre Ríos (ICAB) reported the actions carried out, within the framework of an audit procedure, in relation to the commercialization of this oil.
The entity reviewed the presentation of this product, which had a net content of 900 ml and said to expire on 03/29/2023, which was reported because apparently “it did not comply with current food regulations”.
Faced with this situation, the Department of Bromatology of the Municipality of La Paz “carried out an inspection in a store in that locality, verified its commercialization and consequently 9 bottles of the product in question were seized until its legitimacy was verified”.
For its part, the merchant in charge of the business where the operation was carried out left a record of the place where he bought these items with the aim of selling them later to the public.
Then, the ICAB made the pertinent consultations in the Federal Information System for Food Control Management (SIFeGA), to verify if the establishment informed by the seller “was authorized and if the product was authorized”.
Shortly after, the General Directorate of Hygiene and Food Safety of the City of Buenos Aires (DGHySA) specified that “the RNE was in force and that it corresponded to the company name Servimax Industrial y Comercial SA, in the vinegar production category”, and that the RNPA registry “was nonexistent.”
While, the Directorate of Bromatology of the Municipality of La Paz carried out an audit at the place of purchase granted by the merchant, which It corresponded to the firm Distribuidora Distri Esperanza, from this same locality.
In that establishment, the health authority verified the presence of the product and consequently proceeded to the intervention of 696 units of oil which, according to a delivery note issued at the distributor, “would come from the company name Eduardo M. Sampietro, located at Ituzaingo 209, Chacabuco, province of Buenos Aires.”
For this reason, the agencies of Entre Ríos reported what happened to the Directorate of Industries and Food Products of Buenos Aires (DIPA) to verify if the RNPA and the company name Eduardo Sampietro were authorized, but it was discovered that “That file number corresponded to a product from another company” and that the aforementioned food firm “did not have any registration.”
On the other hand, the Department of Sanitary and Nutritional Surveillance of Food, requested the collaboration of the DGHYSA to carry out an inspection in the establishment, whose record appears on the label of the product belonging to Servimax Industrial y Comercial SA, located at Calle Zuviría 6551 .
The entity visited the establishment and its managers exhibited the registration of Sampietro sunflower oil with RNPA 01048017, but could not demonstrate “production of the same or labels or packaging” at the time of the inspection.
Likewise, it was reaffirmed that “this oil has not been produced for more than 2 years by the company” and when seeing the photos of the containers presented in the complaint, the health authorities were told that “It is not the same model of bottle that they used, nor is it the net content of the ones they used to make.”
At the same time, the Municipality of La Paz verified the commercialization of the product in another local business, therefore, it left 11 bottles seized until its legitimacy was verified, while in Buenos Aires it was found that at the address Ituzaingo 209, which was listed in the remittance presented by Distri Esperanza Distributor, “There was no oil factory or bottling premises, and that it was a family home.”
For all this, it was determined that these foods “are in violation of article 3 of Law 18284, article 3 of Annex II of Decree 2126/71 and articles 6 bis, 13 and 155 of the Argentine Food Code (CAA ), due to the lack of health records, consigning a non-existent RNPA and RNE belonging to other companies, turning out to be falsely labeled products and consequently illegal”.
Since they cannot be “reliably and clearly identified as produced, processed and/or fractionated in a specific establishment, they cannot be manufactured in any part of the country, nor marketed or sold in the territory of the Republic”, since “they cannot its traceability, its production conditions, its quality with adequate levels of control under the conditions established by current regulations and its safety can be guaranteed”.