Well-known brands were banned in various countries.
In Mexico, Profeco is the entity that regulates the brands that exist in the country.
The prohibitions have to do with regulations or laws of each nation.
Some brands have been banned in countries other than Mexico due to different situations, which have to do with national regulations or due to some high-impact controversial case that has led to adopting a drastic measure.
Kinder Surprise or better known as kinder egg. This product made from chocolate belongs to the Ferrero brand, it was banned in the United States due to one of the articles of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law in force from 1938 and that caused in 1998 to harden trying to make a child swallow the gift that comes inside.
M&M’s, this brand that emerged during World War II was banned in Sweden in 2016, after there was a dispute against the Kraft Foods company, whose Marabou chocolate peanuts are marketed under the symbol ‘M‘, similar to the one that appears in its colored windows.
Coca-Cola, the world’s best-selling soft drink brand, is banned in North Korea and Cuba. However, after the revolution that put Fidel Castro in power in 1959, The world’s largest beverage company decided to leave the country at the risk of the company being nationalized.
Despite the restriction, it is possible to find this drink in hotels, restaurants and shopping centers focused on tourism because Cuba began to open its borders for trade in recent years. While in North Korea, the multinational bottling company has never operated since they produce their own version of cola (Your Kola)as in Cuba.
In Mexico, although there is no known brand that is prohibited, however, Profeco is the regulatory entity for the foods sold in the country.
In September 2022, the decree that reforms the Regulation of the General Health Law on Advertising and it will be no later than January 18 when the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) publishes the requirements and procedures that food products and non-alcoholic beverages must comply with to be advertised on open television, restricted television, exhibition halls film, internet and other digital platforms.
This permit is governed in conjunction with the different regulations of the new front labeling, provided for in the Regulations for Sanitary Control of Products and Services, which made brands will complete their transition to the transparency of components and nutritional percentages (the black octagons that warn the consumer of the presence of excess sugar, total fat, saturated fat, sodium or calories).
The extent of advertising limitations are reflected when these products pause their promotion until prior authorization and limit the use of their emblematic characters and advertising mascots, such as Bimbo Bear, Chester Cheto and Tiger toñoin the digital ecosystem and not only in the packaging.
Another case was the prohibition of the sale of brands such as Philadelphia, Lala, Fud, Danone because various cheeses and yogurts of these brands have been vetoed because the dependencies verified if their denomination as “cheese” and “natural yogurt” complied with what established in the Official Mexican Standards, but apparently they do not.
Apparently the brands took action on the matter since they are still in force in thousands of self-service stores in the country.
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