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Regulation & Safety

From government led calorie caps, crackdowns on gum litter and sugar consumption to safety concerns from mineral oils, heavy metals and contaminants. This section tracks changes in EFSA and FDA rules and amendments in national and state legislation to food labeling and maximum limits for ingredients.

Almost one fifth of children are over tolerable levels for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD

Almost one fifth of young children exceed the tolerable daily intake for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD, says the Dutch food safety authority, as EFSA prepares to release an assessment on the...

Danish fat tax had a ‘small but positive impact’ on the nation’s health

Denmark’s short-lived tax on saturated fat had a small but positive impact on the nation’s health, cutting consumption of total fat and boosting vegetable and fibre intake – although it also...

Dutch industry-backed nutrition label ticked off with mounting criticism

The industry group behind the Dutch healthy eating label, known as the tick, has come under fire from a consumer watchdog which says it is confusing, biased and should be...

“We’re tax exempt so how can we avoid tax?”

Solidaridad denies tax avoidance in Panama Papers fallout

Dutch sustainable supply chain adviser and NGO, Solidaridad, has denied allegations of tax avoidance and wrongdoing over its links with Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the...

European Parliament votes to scrap nutrient profiles

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) voted today to scrap nutrient profiles, a result that leaves consumer rights groups, public health campaigners and some industry players sorely disappointed.

80% of surveyed products don't pass WHO nutrient profile

Survey blasts industry & EU for allowing unhealthy foods to make health claims

What’s the difference between a chocolate bar and an apple? Not much if you go by the misuse of health claims on food in Germany and the Netherlands says campaign...

'Everything in moderation' advice is unlikely to be effective: Study

'Everything is moderation' is valued as simple, effective advice to promote healthy eating. But without a fixed definition, it leaves people the freedom to define moderation as how much they want...

EFSA to assess sucralose following cancer concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will conduct a scientific evaluation of sucralose following the publication of a study which found a link between the sweetener and cancer.

CFIA recalled Ross Chocolates’ dark chocolate bars due to undeclared milk

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recalled Ross Chocolates’ No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate chocolate bars due to its undeclared milk.

Guest Article

NCA president: When it comes to candy, consumers are embracing moderation

National Confectioners Association president and CEO John H. Downs responds to suggestions candy could be the next target of national and state sugar taxes.

Painted olives, monkey meat & fertiliser sugar: Europol's global food fraud crackdown

From olives painted with blue copper sulphate to monkey meat and sugar laced with fertiliser, Europol and Interpol have seized 10,000 tonnes of fake food in their biggest global operation to date....

News in brief

Shock tactics used in latest Thai diabetes awareness campaign

The Diabetes Association of Thailand has taken a shocking approach in its latest awareness campaign by using images of confectionery to create a frightful picture of infections and festering wounds...

Opinion

Usual suspects: Confectionery may be next victim of national sugar taxes

Confectionery could be the next target for national sugar taxes after the UK’s levy on sugared soft drinks, but the industry still has time to act to thwart levies, writes...

From €300 to €30: France adopts "more realistic" palm oil tax

French politicians have adopted a tax on palm oil used in food, calling the new €30 per tonne tax "more realistic" than the previous levy of €300.

Ad block: Smaller confectioners to stop advertising to kids under new scheme

Six US confectionery businesses have pledged not to advertise directly to children below the age of 12 under a new industry initiative.

Consumer reaction to Mars recall measured by YouGov

A recall of Mars and Snickers chocolate has had a negative consumer impact on both brands but the signs are it will only be short-term, according to YouGov data.

Legal Watch

Cocoa child slavery ‘loophole’ axed under fresh US trade legislation

Cocoa and other goods procured by forced or child labor have been banned from entering the US under recently enacted legislation, removing an earlier exemption.

Opinion

Mars chocolate recall: What we know and don’t

After Mars recalled different brands of chocolate in more than 50 countries due to potential plastic contamination, attention is now turning to the how and why of the incident.

Mars issues mass chocolate recall due to plastic

Mars Chocolate has recalled a variety of chocolate bars after plastic was found in one of the products.

Nestlé calls for strictly regulated EU nutrition policy

Europe needs a coherent, strictly regulated policy on nutrition in order to ensure the health and well-being of its 500 million citizens, according to Nestlé executive vice president Luis Cantarell.

Run Gum sues US Olympic Committee for lack of sponsorship opportunities

US Olympian-owned business, Run Gum, filed a lawsuit against USA Track & Field (USATF) and US Olympic Committee (USOC) for not allowing it to sponsor individual athletes at the upcoming...

WHO report backs a tax on sugary drinks to halt child obesity

A report commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) backs a tax on sugary drinks, mandatory nutrient labelling and restrictions on marketing to children in a bid to tackle the child obesity...

Mondelēz to pay $750k to settle excessive lead in cookies claim

Mondelēz International has agreed to pay a $750,000 settlement to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) California Department of Justice in a probe against excessive levels of lead in...

Bio-Rad joins Mars and IBM-led food safety consortium

Bio-Rad Laboratories has joined a consortium set up by IBM Research and Mars to categorize microorganisms and what influences their activity in a normal factory environment.

Online tool shows global scale of obesity-related cancer

The impact of obesity on cancer rates across the world – and how many cases could have been prevented – is made clear with an online data tool, launched by...

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