Regulation & safety

Fire at Swiss Toberlone plant last Friday

Fire at Mondelez factory

By Oliver Nieburg

Firefighters were called to tackle a blaze at Mondelez’s Toblerone factory in Brünnen, Berne, Switzerland on Friday afternoon.

‘Fat tax‘ – why is Denmark such a quitter?

‘Fat tax' – why is Denmark such a quitter?

By Rod Addy

‘Fat tax’ is a neat thought, but like all simplistic ideas it falls down at the execution, as the progress of the policy in Denmark shows – it simply doesn’t work in practice.

Indian schools to ban junk food in 2013

Indian schools to ban junk food in 2013

By Ankush Chibber

Junk food will be banned from sale in and around Indian schools after India’s food agency indicated it would follow guidance from a local court to restrict their availability.

A selection of Swizzels Matlow products

Food industry advertising spat deepens

By Rod Addy

The Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) has stepped up its assault on food industry advertising, vowing to press on with complaints against Nestlé after winning a challenge against UK confectionery firm Swizzels Matlow.

Brazil orders Nestlé to label GM products

Brazil orders Nestlé to label GM products

By Rod Addy

A court in Brazil has ordered Nestlé to impose mandatory labelling for all its products in the country highlighting more than 1% genetically modified (GM) ingredients.

Health claim wins drive oral health NPD

Special edition: Oral health

Health claim wins drive oral health NPD

By Shane Starling

Functional gum is the obvious stand-out when it comes to nutrition-focused oral health solutions. Some of these products may be aimed at other health conditions like satiety, but the majority focus on battling dental diseases like periodontitis, caries...

Gold Plum candy from Taiwan contained 100 times more lead than permitted levels

Lead tainted candy sparks US Health watchdog to take legal action

By Oliver Nieburg

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has initiated legal proceedings against eight Californian retailers after fourteen varieties of Asian candies were found to contain dangerous levels of lead, which could be harmful to children.

Wrigley was previously instrumental in preventing an gum tax in Ireland in 2005

Wrigley rubbishes dental-health destroying tax

By Oliver Nieburg

Gum titan Wrigley has blasted proposals in Wales to introduce a 5p levy on chewing gum for cleaning up gum-littered streets that it argues would give consumers a license to litter and would harm oral health.

Nutrient profiling debate reignites

Nutrient profiling debate reignites

By Rod Addy

DG Sanco has reignited the nutrient profiling debate by initiating a consultation with other parts of the European Commission to test support for it to set nutrient profiles under health claims legislation.

Senate Farm Bill sugar reform vote

Confectionery industry heartened by close sugar program vote

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The candy industry and sugar growers are both claiming at least a partial victory after the US Senate voted 50-46 to shelve an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill that would have repealed the current sugar program.

Lindt's gold bunny deemed to lack distinctive character

Lindt chocolate bunny trademark gunned down by ECJ

By Oliver Nieburg

Lindt’s chocolate rabbit is devoid of any distinctive character, according to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which has ruled that the firm’s 3D-bunny-sign cannot be registered as a trademark in the EU.

Sugar reform advocates ‘disappointed’ with lack of policy debate

Sugar reform advocates ‘disappointed’ with lack of policy debate

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Sugar users have said they are disappointed that both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees have voted to advance the 2012 Farm Bill without amending current sugar policy, which they claim costs the US food industry by inflating domestic sugar prices.

Commission gives green light for major sugar industry takeover

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Commission gives green light for major sugar industry takeover

By Oliver Nieburg

The European Commission has cleared the acquisition of the world’s largest sugar trader ED&F MAN by Europe’s largest sugar producer Südzucker and said it would raise no competition concerns on one condition.

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