SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Confectionery & Biscuit Processing

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.

Ireland launches national obesity plan

The Irish government has launched an ambitious national obesity plan which proposes a sugary drinks tax, maximum portion sizes, marketing restrictions and reformulation targets - but the lack of funding...

Safety First Series

Killing at source: How to avoid cadmium and lead in chocolate

ForestFinest Consulting outlines steps chocolate makers can take to comply with incoming regulations on heavy metal traces.

Sin taxes work while stealth reformulation success still ‘anecdotal’, says study

Sugar taxes show evidence of working across all socioeconomic classes while stealth reformulation’s effect on obesity is largely anecdotal, says Professor Barry Popkin.

EFSA OKs titanium dioxide but nano concerns remain

EFSA has said white food colouring titanium dioxide poses no health concerns despite data gaps, but campaigners have raised doubts over the safety of nanoparticles.

UK pushes voluntary added sugar labelling scheme

The UK government has confirmed that it will introduce “clearer visual labelling” in relation to free sugars on packaged food and drinks - but it will be voluntary.

Scotland launches hard-hitting snack campaign as government confirms 2017 obesity strategy

Scotland will publish a new strategy on diet and obesity next year, as new research shows that the average child aged between four and 10 eats around 110,000 calories through “unhealthy,...

Nuts and seeds top recalled category for EU in Q2

Nuts and seeds were the highest recalled commodity in Q2 making up almost half of total recalls in Europe, according to Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

SafeTraces raises funding to help market push

SafeTraces has raised $1.5m via a funding round to accelerate product development, sales and marketing ahead of going to market by the end of this year.

Guest article

Sugar taxes: A case of pop policy and comic consultation

The UK's sugar tax was little more than populist light relief to brighten a speech full of economic doom and gloom. But what's worse, argues Professor Jack Winkler, is that...

Scottish food boss suggests UK obesity strategy won’t work

The head of Scotland’s food regulator has claimed that the UK’s childhood obesity strategy doesn’t go far enough.

Healthy advertising at sporting campaigns under scrutiny in run-up to next Olympics

With the Olympics over for another four years, a team of scientists will begin a new study into healthy advertising at major sports events.

Guidelines not sugar-coated: Limits for children announced

Children between the ages of two and 18 should consume fewer than six teaspoons of added sugars daily, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends.

Confectionery faces voluntary sugar targets and calorie caps in the UK

Voluntary sugar targets and calorie caps on confectionery and eight other categories are planned by the UK government in March 2017

South Africa sugar tax will affect jobs and economic growth, says beverage industry

The beverage industry in South Africa says a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages threatens thousands of livelihoods and economic growth. 

‘Sugar taxes and education’ needed to tackle obesity in expectant mothers

Trying to tackle obesity in women when they become pregnant is usually “too little too late”, according to two authors from the University of Sydney and Charles Perkins Centre.

Confectionery industry open to pan-EU 250 calorie cap per portion

Nestlé, Mars and Mondelēz are willing to discuss setting an industry-wide 250 kcal limit on confectionery portions across Europe.

India may allow vegetable fats in chocolate

Vegetable fats such as palm oil may be permitted in chocolate up to 5% under draft regulation from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

New NGS DNA testing methods will replace PCR, predicts Clear Labs

Are ‘GMO-free’ (as opposed to ‘non-GMO’) claims legally defensible?

As the Non-GMO Project states on its website, ‘GMO-free’ claims are “not legally or scientifically defensible due to limitations of testing methodology" coupled with cross-contamination risks. In future, however, that could...

Allergic reaction to milk in Japan started internal investigation

IKEA expands chocolate recall due to allergen concerns

IKEA has expanded a chocolate recall with a further six products from more than 40 countries because of insufficient labelling of hazelnuts and almonds.

Guest article: Institute of Economic Affairs

Plain confectionery packaging a heavy-handed response to health concerns

Legislating for tobacco-style plain packages for confectionery is a disproportionate response to the obesity crisis and strips companies of valuable trademarks, writes the Institute of Economic Affairs' head of lifestyle...

Ferrero, Lindt and Rübezahl chocolate found to contain mineral oil

Selected Ferrero, Lindt and Rübezahl chocolate purchased in Germany have been found to contain mineral oils in the packaging, according to Foodwatch.

Junk food ads are screen-lickin' good, say kids; Ban them, says NGO

Adverts for unhealthy foods like sweets and fast foods are so tempting to children that they should be banned before 9pm, says charity Cancer Research UK.

EFSA could recommend values for added sugar following Nordic request

Announced last week, details of the five Nordic countries’ request that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) looks at recommending reference values for added sugar in food and drink have been...

News in brief

Nordic 5 ask EFSA to help set intake limits for added sugar

Five Nordic countries have asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) whether new evidence means limits for added sugar intakes could now be set.

French MPs drop palm oil tax - but accuse producer countries of blackmail

French politicians have dropped the proposed palm oil tax, leading some politicians to say the country is being blackmailed by producer countries. "We are legislating with a knife at our throats," said one....

Key Industry Events