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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.

Trade MEPs give green light to Canada-EU trade deal CETA

The EU Trade Committee (INTA) has approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) this morning, marking a major step toward the deal between EU and Canada becoming reality.

Fresh concerns over titanium dioxide safety as study prompts French re-evaluation

The French government has ordered a safety reassessment of white food colouring titanium dioxide after scientists say they have shown "for the first time" that nanoparticles in the food additive are spread around the body....

Fresh thinking: Industry leaders form coalition to unlock trillions through sustainable practices

The Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FReSH) programme is aiming to bring private and public sector together to achieve the UN's sustainable development goals for 2030, an achievement that...

EU court of auditors attacks Commission for its failures on food waste

EU auditors said the European Commission’s efforts to tackle food waste have lacked effort, coordination, been fragmented and intermittent - and without even a real definition of food waste, in...

Twinkies and Palmer Candy recall products due to possible Salmonella

Twinkies and Palmer Candy products have been drawn into the Salmonella scare linked to milk powder made by Valley Milk Products.

News in brief

Food fraud prevention focus for FSSC 22000 version 4

FSSC 22000 has revealed version 4 of its international food safety and quality management system certification scheme.

Obese parents triple obese offspring risk, experts warn

EarlyNutrition, a project comprised of 36 international research institutions, has released its final report following five years of investigation. The report sends a grave warning to parents and those planning...

Europe’s Plan B: The ‘Common Food Policy’

An independent think tank, IPES, has been set up to advise the EU and work towards creating a common food policy that would create a sustainable, healthy and profitable food...

Editor's Blog

Confectionery taxes doomed to fail in EU after Finland ruling?

Confectionery may be spared from a category specific tax in Europe, but it remains threatened by added sugar taxes levied on all food and drinks, writes ConfectioneryNews editor Oliver Nieburg.

Norwegian food industry agrees to aid government in promoting healthy food

A coalition of major food industry bodies have made a pact with the Norwegian government to help improve public health by reducing high fat, sugary and salty foods (HFFS).

Industry backs ban of online junk food ads for children

Industry has given its support to a new ruling by the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) on marketing junk food to children that will increase restrictions to cover non-broadcast media, including...

Czech consumer ‘harmed’ after eating Mondelēz Milka chocolate

Mondelēz has recalled one of its chocolate bar lines in the Czech Republic and Slovakia after a consumer was harmed from eating it.

EU Court of Justice 'complicates' multipack food labelling, says lawyer

An EU Court ruling, which states nutrition information on multipack products must also appear on each individual item, contradicts EU law, a food law expert has said.

Findings point to risk from saturated fats outside some reduction guidelines

Harvard-Unilever study confirms link between sat fats, heart disease & importance of reformulation

There is an association between intakes of individual saturated fats and the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new analysis of data that underlines the importance of switching...

No grain, no gain: Dutch consumer group fights 'misleading' whole-grain products

Dutch consumer association, Consumentenbond, is fighting for tougher regulations on products claiming to be whole-grain as it says manufacturers are deliberately misleading consumers in their labelling.

Made in Switzerland 'Swissness' law to enter in force 1 January 2017

'Unfortunate': Nestlé to lose Swiss cross on 80 brands

Nestlé will be forced to drop the Swiss cross from 80 products manufactured in Switzerland following a new law on 'Swissness' set to come into force in January next year. "This...

5-c creator Serge Hercberg on nutrition logos, lobbies and conflicts of interest

France’s ‘five colour’ logo is effective, easily understood and does not discriminate against foods such as cheese or crisps - but the food lobby is determined to block it, says...

US election fallout

How candy lobbying dollars were spent in election year

Discover which political candidates major confectionery firms such as Mars and Hershey backed with donations in 2016.

EC called on to fast-track impact assessment

MEPs vote to limit trans fats in EU

MEPs have overwhelmingly voted to adopt a resolution pushing for a European limit on industrially produced trans fats, something industry has said it supports at 2%.

Under-12s seeing 88% fewer ads for non-nutritious products, says industry

Game over for food marketing to kids, says consumer group

Food and drink companies need to turn their words on marketing to children into action, says European consumer rights group BEUC, as it calls 'game over' on marketing unhealthy food...

Option paralysis: Consumers were confused by 'Choices'

Dutch ditch healthy eating logo for an app

The Dutch government has ordered the industry-led healthy eating logo to be phased out and replaced with an app that allows consumers to scan products for nutrition information.

Hydrogenated vegetable fats are not the main source of nickel in confectionery, finds Czech study

Hydrogenated vegetable fats are not the main source of nickel in finished confectionery products as previously assumed, a Czech study suggests.

Oil spills: How to combat mineral oils in chocolate

Chocolate makers can thwart carcinogenic mineral oil contamination in products through regular testing, managing cocoa transportation and adding barrier layers in packaging, say scientists.

Sugar market reforms could leave bitter taste, and now is the time to prepare

Food and drink companies expecting the sugar price to fall once quotas disappear might have a nasty shock, according to Rabobank’s latest forecasts.

The conversation on #WorldObesityDay: What is needed to tackle childhood obesity?

World Obesity Day aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the challenge of obesity, and share national experiences of campaigning that works. We bring you best of the conversation from social...

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