The national government made official this Tuesday the suspension of several products from the Maximum Prices program, less than three weeks after renewing the plan that puts a cap on most foods.
A list of 39 product categories were withdrawn from Maximum Prices, according to a resolution of the Ministry of Internal Trade published in the Official Gazette.
Pet food, puddings and muffins, cocoa powder, beers, sodas, sweets and chocolates, infusions (except cooked teas and mattes), jams and sweets and industrial and frozen breads are some of the products that were suspended from the program until January 31, when the current term of the program expires.
It is estimated that, at the end of the month, the Government will extend the duration of Maximum Prices. It will remain valid until the end of the Health Emergency.
The list continues with: imported dry pasta, dry stuffed, dry egg, products based on meat and processed chicken, cheeses (except grated and cream cheeses), coatings and breadcrumbs, Salt, spices and condiments, ready sauces, snacks and frozen vegetables.
There were also fragrant oils and environmental deodorants, bags and films, waxes, self-polishes and furniture polishes, body and facial creams, lip balms and shaving, oral care products and hair care and deodorants and antiperspirants.
The list is completed with the following products: brooms and swabs, soaps, gel washers, dishwashers, creamy cleaners, floor cleaners, toothpicks, baby diapers, papers, baby bath products, laundry products, feminine protection (except tampons), repellants and insecticides, disposable underwear and powders and dressings.
From the Secretary of Commerce, headed by Paula Bandera, they explained that the suspension is due to the fact that it is “a set of goods that due to their characteristics and purpose are not part of the products that are relevant to the satisfaction of the basic needs of consumers and users “.
It is a review that the agency performs periodically to update the list of products included in the program.
In addition, the withdrawal of these categories is due to the expansion of the Precious Care portfolio, a “voluntary agreement between the State, manufacturers, distributors, supermarkets and wholesalers” that sets reference prices and that will soon go from 320 to 640 items.
Thus, those products that enter Care Prices will no longer be included in the Maximum Prices list.
Maximum Prices were implemented when the health emergency and coronavirus quarantine were declared, in mid-March 2020.
On that occasion, given the uncertainty about the circulation restrictions and the rise in demand due to fears of shortages, there was a notable increase in the prices of some products.
For this reason, the Government implemented this program, which forced a return to the prices in force as of March 6. “No matter where you buy, the prices of these products cannot increase”, is the presentation in the official website Maximum Prices.