The Brazilian government has rejected a proposal to regulate labelling of cosmetics, food and pharmaceuticals, because provisions relating to nanomaterials were considered insufficient.
The Commission for the Environment, Consumer Protection and Surveillance and Control (CMA) and the Commission on Social Affairs (CAS) reviewed the bill, PLS131/2010, and concluded it did not require sufficient information on the safety of nanotechnologies used in production processes. This would lead to regulatory bodies being unable to make informed decisions on the possible risks to consumers, they said.
An alternative bill, proposed in March 2013, is still pending a hearing before the Senate. The bill, PL5133/2013, proposes that products carry a label showing they have been produced by a nanotechnology process or contain nano ingredients, as well as a symbol which has yet to be defined.