D.O. or D.O.n’t? Part 2: Sustainability in Mezcal with Dr. Ignacio Torres García

A growing body of academic work indicates that the DOs, NOMs, and regulatory bodies of Mexico are failing to protect the people, cultures, and natural resources of these regions. Critics of Mexico’s DOs argue that they function more as standard business or trade associations – emphasizing volume, market share, and gross profits over the protection of the well-being of traditional producers and their social and natural environments.

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Mezcal Regulatory Council Sanctioned, Fined by Mexican Government

Mexican Director General of Norms

Mexico’s Secretariat of the Economy (SE) has sanctioned and fined the Mezcal Regulatory Council (CRM) for “deceptive, abusive” practices over the past three years. In two strongly worded June 30 rulings (oficios), the Director General de Normas painted a damning picture of the CRM’s behavior since 2017, and imposed total fines of over one million pesos ($45,000 USD). The rebukes conclude with a stern warning that repeated instances of the violations could result in the SE revoking the CRM’s mandate to certify mezcal.

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