Brazil Publishes Ordinance on the Requirements of Identity and Quality of Bacon

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On November 22nd, 2021, the secretary of Agricultural Defense, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply published the “ORDINANCE SDA NO. 449, from November 18th, 2021” in the use of the attribution conferred on art. 24 and 68 of Annex I of Decree 10,827 of September 30th, 2021.

The scope of the document outlines various requirements as follows:

  • Definition of Bacon as the meat product obtained from the cutting of the thoracoabdominal wall of pigs, etc;
  • Marketing requirements of Bacon and manufacturing process analogous to Bacon;
  • Requirements on the mandatory and optional ingredients in the preparation of Bacon;
  • To observe the microbiological criteria established in specific legislation for the product;
  • For Bacon to be stable at room temperature, the maximum permitted water activity (Aw) will be 0.85 (eighty-five tenths);
  • The product must be packed with materials suitable for storage conditions and that give it appropriate protection;
  • Ordinance repeals Annex II of Normative Instruction SDA No21 of July 31st, 2000, published on September 9th, 2020;
  • The annex containing the proposal of the Requirements of Identity and Quality of Bacon is open for a public consultation period of 60 days.


The Ordinance enters into force on December 1st, 2021.

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