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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.

UK law to fight slavery in big firm supply chains

New legislation will require all large firms in the UK to report on their fight against slavery in the supply chain - but experts say the 'opt out' clause means...

'We do not support a Daily Value for added sugars', says candy trade body

Candy labeling: NCA says added sugar values may cause 'confusion'; backs voluntary GMO labels

The U.S. National Confectioners Association (NCA) fears plans to place percentage daily values for added sugars on food labels is unnecessary and may confuse consumers but supports a federal law proposal...

Citrus food flavouring is genotoxic, says EFSA

Citrus food flavouring perilla aldehyde causes DNA damage to the liver, says EFSA – a finding that calls into question the safety of nine other chemically similar flavourings.

Massachusetts’ proposed candy and soda tax ‘regressive and discriminatory’, says NCA

The National Confectioners Association has hit out at plans in Massachusetts to remove a state sales tax exemption for candy and soda.

France goes off-piste with caffeine, carnitine, creatine, lycopene law? EFSA safe caffeine limit halved

France has proposed new legal daily limits for carnitine, creatine, lycopene and caffeine in supplements – the latter of which was half that defined as safe by the European Food...

UK government committee backs halving free sugars limit to 5%

The UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has ditched a 10% upper limit on sugar intake instead recommending that less than 5% of daily energy should come from...

Birmingham backs Mondelez over BelVita energy health claims

Mondelez has been backed by the Birmingham City Council (BCC) over slow energy claims made for its BelVita breakfast biscuits after they were challenged in the UK.

Confectionery escapes UK tax calls, but marketing practices probed

The British Medical Association (BMA) is pushing for a tax on sugary drinks rather than confectionery, but has urged voluntary added sugar reduction targets for confectioners and a crackdown on...

European food industry calls for ‘urgent agreement’ on climate change

European industry association FoodDrinkEurope has called for an ambitious global climate deal to help justify investment in low carbon technologies, it said in a report released at Expo Milano last...

Mars backs WHO’s 10% sugar guidance: 'We are not trying to hide behind any science or research’

Mars Chocolate North America is going against the industry tide by backing the World Health Organization's guidance that added sugar should account for under 10% of a person's daily calories.

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FDE elects new president

Gilles Morel, regional president for Europe and Eurasia of Mars Chocolate, has been elected president of FoodDrinkEurope for a three-year mandate.

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Atkins Nutritionals packaging error prompts chocolate recall

Atkins Nutritionals is recalling some of its Chocolate Candies because it may contain sachets of Chocolate Peanut Candies.

No natural pictures to depict artificial flavours, rules German court

Manufacturers should be wary of using pictures to depict artificial flavourings, warn food lawyers as a German court ruling sets a new precedent for misleading marketing....

FDA revokes GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils; allows food industry to file petition to permit specific uses

As widely expected, the FDA has finalized plans to revoke the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to eradicate artificial trans fats...

French colour coded nutrition labels are ‘technically feasible’, says ANSES

Proposed colour coded nutrition labels are technically feasible but would be ineffective for comparing products in some food categories, according to an analysis from French food agency ANSES.

Nestlé suffers setback in Kit Kat shape trademark registration

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) has advised the court Nestlé’s attempts to trademark the four-finger Kit Kat shape in the UK are...

10 new faces as EFSA names health claims panel for 2015-2018

The NDA panel will feature 10 new faces for the health claims panel’s next three years as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced changes today.

Americans believe ‘preservatives / chemicals’ are significantly more harmful than added sugar, saturated fat and sodium, says new poll

A poll* of more than 4,200 US consumers conducted in April 2015 by CivicScience shows Americans believe that ‘preservatives / chemicals’ are significantly more harmful to their heath than added...

Rainforest-friendly cocoa: Brazilian co-op granted collective trademark

A collective trademark for organic cocoa and cocoa-based products has been issued to Brazil’s cocoa grower cooperative Cooperativa dos Produtores Orgânicos do Sul da Bahia (CPOSB).

Crayola challenged to show its true colors in consumer backlash against artificially dyed candies

Crayon maker Crayola has confirmed it is aware of an ongoing public appeal that urges the company to stop marketing its Color Your Mouth candy products to children.

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Bühler evaluating how IoT might improve food safety

Bühler has said the Internet of Things (IoT) could be one way of improving the safety of food and feed in the future.

Taxation necessary to offset rising cost of a healthy diet

The price of fruit and vegetables in the UK has tripled in the past 30 years, while the price of ice cream has halved – a pattern being repeated across...

‘We believe private sector is perfectly placed to help raise standards in food safety’ - Mars

Mars and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have partnered to boost food safety in Africa.

Industry heavy weights weigh in on EFSA and openness

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) needs a role change but that won’t come with its transparency initiative but legalisation changes, says industry. 

Ferrero wins Brazil trademark case: A Tic Tac is a mint - not a biscuit

Ferrero do Brasil has won its battle for the Tic Tac trademark on its small, flavored hard mints.

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