Regulation & Safety

Stevia, listed as E 960 in Europe, is made by extracting the sweet-tasting molecules from the stevia plant. © iStock/zeleno

PureCircle plays down EU stevia stumbling block

By Niamh Michail

Malaysian supplier PureCircle must provide more data to prove the safety of both minor steviol glycosides and glucosylated stevia, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in two separate opinions.

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Are some 'no added sugar' claims really illegal?

By Niamh Michail

Claims such as ‘no added sugar’ on foods containing sweeteners are commonplace and an important part of healthy branding - but are they technically illegal under EU law? We put the question to a food law expert.

Is chewing gum a 'single-use plastic'? ©GettyImages/mettus

UK plastics review may consider chewing gum tax

By Oliver Nieburg

The UK government is exploring the environmental impact of ‘single-use plastics’ and potentially considering taxes, but is yet to determine if chewing gum will be included.

Confectionery brands can outlive sugar regulation, but must act now, says HeyHuman, a brand agency that has worked with Mondelēz. ©GettyImages/BlindTurtle

Guest article

Sweetening the pill - preparing for a sugar tax extension

By Neil Davidson, managing director of HeyHuman

Inaction is not an option for confectionery brands if they want to survive in an age of increased regulation on sugared products, writes Neil Davidson, managing director of brand agency HeyHuman.