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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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Trans fat crackdown: Banning PHOs will cause massive headaches for chewing gum makers, claims association

FDA proposals to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in order to crack down on trans fats will cause massive headaches for gum manufacturers, according to the...

‘Skepticism’ towards industry-funded sugar and calories research, says NCA

The US National Confectioners Association (NCA) has earmarked consumer education on calories and sugar as an industry priority for 2014 but admits there is skepticism about industry-funded research.

French parliamentary report pushes 'fast-food' tax

A French senatorial report has proposed a 'junk-food' tax on products that are linked to heart disease - with the report taking particular aim at soft drinks, which currently benefit...

EFSA report outlines recommendations for improved food additives model

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) plans to revise the tool used to estimate food additive intakes on the back of stakeholder feedback and updates of food consumption in its...

EFSA Board backs Bernhard Url to be new chief

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is backing Dr Bernhard Url to be its next executive director after its management board selected the acting chief from a shortlist.

Hershey told to get real on Brookside fruit claims after Mars complaint

The National Advertising Division has recommended that Hershey modify its packaging and advertising for Brookside candies so consumers know the product is made with fruit flavors and not real fruit.

Court-appointed panel split over junk food ban near schools

Banning junk food near schools, one of India’s biggest and long-running public health issues, seems like it will continue some more after industry officials and health activists on a court–appointed...

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Skittles given all clear after two sickened

Skittles which were believed to have sickened two people in Indiana have been given a clean bill of health.

WHO recommends halving sugar intake advice

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised halving sugar intake advice from 10% of total calories to 5% of total calories in a new dietary guideline proposal.

US chocolate price fixing suit against Mars, Nestlé and Hershey melts

A $727m chocolate price fixing lawsuit against Hershey, Mars and Nestlé has been thrown out by the district court in Pennsylvania.

Wrigley fined $8,600 after worker’s death

Mars-owned Wrigley faces fines for safety violations that led to a worker’s death at its plant in Chattanooga.

German sugar companies fined €280m for price fixing

Germany’s three largest sugar companies, Sudzucker, Pfeiffer & Langen, and Nordzucker have been fined a total of €280m for price fixing by the German competition authorities.

Illegal colors found in traditional Asian sweets in the UK

Potentially carcinogenic dyes Rhodamine-B and Auramine have been discovered in traditional Asia sweets in the UK.

Confectionery industry prepares to battle its sugar demons

The US National Confectioners Association (NCA) and leading US firms say sugar has been ‘unjustly’ victimized in recent months and the public should be free to enjoy a sweet treat...

Pick packaging carefully to thwart carcinogenic mineral oils, says BDSI

The Association of Germany Confectionery Industry (BDSI) has urged the industry to choose plastic packaging that provides a protective barrier against carcinogenic mineral oils.

Caramel colors under fire again: Is there a safe level of 4-MeI?

The FDA says it has “no reason to believe” that 4-MeI - an impurity generated during the manufacture of caramel colors III and IV - poses a health risk at...

FDF slams Channel 4 sugar programme ‘as misleading’

Food manufacturers’ organisation the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has slammed a Channel 4 programme on sugar – screened earlier this week (January 20) as – “highly misleading”.

Conflict of interest? On the sugar payroll

A Channel 4 Dispatches programme to be aired in the UK this evening is to accuse scientists advising health ministers on sugar of a conflict of interest due to funds...

Ritter Sport wins 'natural flavor' German court battle

Ritter Sport has been granted an injunction preventing a German consumer group from claiming the chocolate firm is deceiving consumers with misleading natural flavor claims.

Obesity counterattack: sugar reduction campaign in quotes

Prominent nutritionists have provided their exclusive feedback on Action on Sugar’s sugar reduction campaign, designed to combat the rising incidence of obesity in the UK.

Sugar free class action against Wrigley thrown out

A class action lawsuit alleging Wrigley made misleading “sugar free” claims has been dismissed by a Californian court.

No commercial reason not to cut sugar in confectionery, says chairman

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut sugar in confectionery

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

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