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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.

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Prescription tablet found on Nestlé UK Jelly Tots line

Nestlé UK has said there is no cause for alarm after a prescription drug was found on jelly tot line at Nestlé its plant in Fawdon, Newcastle.

Added sugar labeling could compromise trade secrets, says NCA

The National Confectioners Association is concerned that added sugar declarations on the Nutrition Facts Panel would force confectioners to give away recipe “trade secrets”.

Confectioners rally against traffic light label proposals in France

Europe’s confectionery association Caobisco has backed French chocolatiers in blocking proposals for traffic light labels on food products in France.

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Uni of Bonn conducts ‘innovation impact’ EU health claims survey

The University of Bonn is asking all European Union food sector stakeholders to give input into the effect the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) is having on innovation...

Dishonor roll: India and China are the world’s worst food safety violators

A rundown of the number of food safety violators around the globe finds India and China are the countries with the highest number of offenses.

ADM to pay $430,000 settlement for violations

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $430,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at five large oil storage facilities.

São Paulo bans sale of Easter eggs with toys

São Paulo’s city assembly has approved a new bill prohibiting the sale of toys coupled with Easter eggs in the city.

Plain packaging pay out to Mars would ‘certainly not be trivial’, says Institute of Economic Affairs

Mars in 2012 wrote to the UK’s Department of Health to express concern over the potential impact on branding and intellectual property rights should tobacco plain packaging policy be extended to...

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Mondelez recalls chocolate after plastic contamination

Mondelez Australia has recalled Marvellous Creations Jelly Popping Candy Beanies chocolate bar because of plastic contamination.

'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work, says EU report

Taxes imposed on sugary, salty or fatty foods do lead to reductions in consumption, says the European Commission in a new report. But higher taxes could also encourage consumers to...

Children see, children do: Will Mexican kids slim down by watching less candy ads?

Just a week after Mexico banned commercials for soda, snacks and confectionery products during cinema showings of children’s movies and during children’s TV programming, Mexican authorities say ads for Nestlé,...

Is the rise of raw chocolate a safety concern?

The rising trend for raw chocolate may present a health hazard to consumers unless adequate steps to eliminate Salmonella are taken, says the US National Confectioners Association (NCA).

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EFSA declares Sunset Yellow safe and ups ADI

Current industry uses of food additive Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) are not a safety concern, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which has upped the acceptable daily...

Forget football: Can Brazilians now stomach the unpalatable truth of confectionery exports?

Brazilian confectionery manufacturers are forced to commit up to 15% of exports costs towards resolving bureaucratic problems that hinder their sales abroad, according to the Brazilian confectionery industry Association (ABICAB).

Canada gives candy all clear from lead health risks

Lead levels in candy, chocolate and cocoa powder are too low to be considered a health concern, according to tests by Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA).

Acrylamide may increase cancer risk, says EFSA opinion

A draft EFSA opinion has “confirmed previous evaluations” that dietary intake of acrylamide may increase the risk of developing cancer for consumers. 

Insight

Questions to answer for Tate & Lyle in Cambodian land-grabbing action

This story is the first in a new series of investigative reporting commissioned by FoodNavigator-Asia to follow the legalities and loopholes of Asia's produce growing and production network. Please feel...

Mycotoxin exposure could rise with dark chocolate consumption: Research

Increasing consumption of chocolate with high levels of cocoa could “elevate exposure” to food contaminants aflatoxins and ochratoxin A, according to researchers, although they acknowledged it remains a "minor source"....

Unhealthy diets now rank above tobacco global as cause of preventable diseases

Battling unhealthy food requires tobacco-style response

The international community must develop a global convention similar to the legal framework for tobacco control to fight diet-related ill health, warn Consumers International and the World Obesity Federation.

EFSA MGMT BOARD: "Bernhard will ...provide Europe with the best scientific advice to protect consumers from food-related risks..."

EFSA confirms Bernard Url as new chief

Doctor Bernhard Url is the new chief of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) after its management board confirmed the acting-chief as its next executive director this week.

EU adopts new measures to limit cadmium in food

The European Commission has adopted new measures to reduce consumer’s maximum levels of exposure to cadmium in foods such as chocolate and infant formula.

Tangerine Confectionery fined after worker speared by forklift

UK firm Tangerine Confectionery has been fined £120,000 ($202,000) for safety failures that led to a worker's foot being impaled by a forklift truck.

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Bissinger's recall: undeclared milk in chocolate bunnies

US chocolatier Bissinger’s has issued a voluntary recall for its dark chocolate bunny ears, due to undeclared milk in one lot. 

‘Scientific substantiation’ needed before WHO reduces sugar guidance, says CAOBISCO

More research is required before the World Health Organization (WHO) cuts its guidance on daily sugar intake by half, according to the Association of Chocolate, Biscuits and Confectionery Industries of...

Candy counterstrike: Ukraine bans chocolate from Russia’s United Confectioners

The Ukrainian government has banned certain candy and chocolate products from part Russian state-owned firm United Confections.

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