Country of origin requirements (COOL)  (Argentina)

Since the issuance of Law No. 26.967 in 2014, Argentina has implemented a system to encourage high-quality local production. This Law allows companies to use a special seal on their products that states "Argentine Foods, a natural choice" (“Quality Seal”). The Quality Seal is optional, and it is provided free of charge by the Ministry of Agriculture to food companies that follow specific requirements during the manufacturing process. These include compliance with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), and additional parameters like physical-chemical and sensory evaluations, depending on the specific char-acteristics of the product. To verify compliance with these requirements, periodic audits are conducted by third-party entities authorized for this purpose. Products with the Quality Seal have extra benefits, such as a 0.5% increase in Export Refunds. This program encour-ages food companies to maintain high-quality standards while promoting the export of Argentine products.

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Martín Mosteirin

Marval O'Farrell Mairal