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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.

Tate & Lyle Sugars pleads for a Brexit vote as 1,280 firms say 'Stay'

As Britons prepare to vote tomorrow on whether the UK should leave the European Union, industry players are making last minute pleas to either stay or leave.

EU sugar sector must retain strategic importance after reform: report

The liberalisation of the EU sugar market next year must be accompanied by market measures to maintain sugar beet production and allow the sector to retain its strategic importance, according...

You like potayto, EFSA likes potahto starch-derived calcium

Japanese firm Glico Nutrition has won the approval of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its calcium derived from potato starch, which is already used in functional chewing gum...

‘Make Europe's food healthier by 2017,’ Council tells member states

The Council of Health Ministers has called on member states to draw up national plans to improve Europe's food composition by the end of 2017.

News in brief

Plastic in peanut M&Ms not from production plant – Mars

Red plastic found in a bag of peanut M&Ms in Norway did not come from the production plant in France, according to Mars.

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'The resources to tackle obesity are there. It's just the will that's lacking': Expert

The global discourse on obesity is full of people saying it's a complex problem but offering simple solutions - it's time we put in place a bottom-up and top-down approach,...

Shell-shock: Ferrero disputes ‘hook’ claim as Chile bans Kinder Surprise eggs

Kinder Surprise eggs are to be outlawed in Chile from the end of this month for using toys to ‘hook’ young consumers.

It’s official: Manufacturers can make sugar replacement claims

From 20th June, manufacturers will be able to claim a “lower blood glucose rise” when using non-digestible carbohydrates as sugar replacers, following the publication of a new article 13.5 claim in...

Grocery Code Adjudicator warns against widening powers

The adjudicator responsible for good retailer practice has claimed any extension of the code to include suppliers would require a “totally different scale of job” that was impossible to achieve under her...

Listeria alert: Hershey, Atkins and Kashi hit by extended SunOpta recall

The list of products being pulled from shelves over fears they contain sunflower seeds contaminated with a bacteria that that causes listeria continues to grow.

Four NOF members resign over controversial report publication

Four board members of the National Obesity Forum (NOF) have resigned because they were not consulted before the publication of a controversial report which slammed public health advice for fuelling the...

NUTRITION LABELLING IN THE US AND EUROPE

Should Europeans be told how much sugar is added to their food?

Nutrition labels in the US will now have to tell consumers how much sugar has been added by manufacturers and how much is naturally occurring. Is it time Europe introduced...

Barry Callebaut and Chocolaterie de l'Opera in chocolate recall

Chocolate made by Barry Callebaut for Chocolaterie de l'Opera has prompted a warning in more than 15 countries due to levels of benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) exceeding...

Multinational firms sell poorer quality (but more expensive) food to Eastern Europeans

Multinational food firms are manufacturing poorer quality, unhealthier (but sometimes more expensive) versions of their trademarked brands for the Eastern Europe market, says the Czech Republic, which wants to see EU legislation to...

TTIP may mean higher prices and ‘unhealthy’ consumption: EC-backed report

The proposed EU-US TTIP trade deal could result in higher average prices, yet increased consumption of unhealthy foods, warns a draft EC report.

Study presses confectionery industry to rid all lead found in candy, especially those sold to children

Researchers have called on the confectionery industry to remove lead traces in candy products after finding high concentrations in 4% of candy samples and 12% of brands analyzed in Mexico.

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Why are carcinogens in the food chain evading scrutiny?

Vegetable oil, processed food, infant formula and cancer: All the ingredients for a consumer food scare over the carcinogenic contaminant 3-MCPD are there - so why hasn't there been one...

National Taxpayers Union joins to reform US Sugar Policy

National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has joined the Coalition for Sugar Reform to transform the US sugar policy, the Coalition announced.

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Portion distortion: The EU must define realistic portion sizes, says MEP

With obesity levels on the rise, MEP Mairead McGuinness has called on the Commission to set realistic portion sizes to stop consumers being misled over nutrition values. People don't calculate how...

What is natural? Over to you, FDA...

The comment period for the FDA’s probe into ‘natural’ claims has closed, leaving the agency with the unenviable task of sifting through a mammoth pile of submissions from thousands of...

FDA tells KIND it can use term ‘healthy’ on pack: ‘Our regulations on nutrient content claims are due for a re-evaluation’

This time last year, KIND was engulfed in a media firestorm (and a tidal wave of false advertising lawsuits) after the FDA took issue with its use of the term...

$6.87m penalty for allegedly violating cleanup operation

Schneider Electric to pay biggest Superfund penalty in EPA history

The US Justice Department, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed Schneider Electric USA will pay a $6.87m penalty for allegedly violating a...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Sugar tax one step closer to implementation in Thailand

Soft drinks could cost up to 25% more in Thailand after the National Reform Steering Assembly’s health panel approved by 153 votes to two a proposal to increase taxes for...

Almost one fifth of children are over tolerable levels for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD

Almost one fifth of young children exceed the tolerable daily intake for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD, says the Dutch food safety authority, as EFSA prepares to release an assessment on the...

Danish fat tax had a ‘small but positive impact’ on the nation’s health

Denmark’s short-lived tax on saturated fat had a small but positive impact on the nation’s health, cutting consumption of total fat and boosting vegetable and fibre intake – although it also...

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