Regulation & safety

What kind of health claims will be made on the Vitafoods show floor this year?

Vitafoods: EU nutra space wriggles into new health claims clothes

By Shane Starling

Vitafoods celebrates its 15th birthday next week. It’ll be my 11th consecutive May visit to Geneva for the jamboree and promises to be one of the most intriguing chapters with the (partial and belated) resolution of years of ambiguity regarding health...

‘Corn sugar’ LA hearing: Who are the defendants in HFCS lawsuit?

‘Corn sugar’ LA hearing: Who are the defendants in HFCS lawsuit?

By Elaine Watson

Attorneys for the Sugar Association and the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) went head to head at federal judge Consuelo Marshall's courtroom in Los Angeles at noon today as the dispute over the CRA’s right to describe high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)...

Taste Adventure: the game at issue. Source: Chewits.co.uk

Leaf cleared by ad watchdog in Chewits game health link

By Oliver Nieburg

Leaf Italia has been cleared by the UK’s Adverting Standards Agency (ASA) after a complaint alleged that a game on its Chewits sweets website gave misleading impressions of the health benefits of the product.

Katie Price (Jordan) Source: Twitter

Mars cleared by ad watchdog in Twitter marketing ploy

By Oliver Nieburg

The Uk’s Advertsiting Standards Authority (ASA) said Mars did not breach marketing regulations in its Snickers twitter campaign featuring footballer Rio Ferdinand and glamour model Katie Price.

Salmonella

Judge upholds USDA requirement for raw almond pasteurization

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

A federal judge has again upheld a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule that US raw almonds must be pasteurized in order to mitigate risk of salmonella, after organic almond growers challenged the rule.

Thorntons fined over broken finger

Thorntons fined over broken finger

By Oliver Nieburg

UK chocolatier Thorntons has been fined £20,000 after a worker broke her finger while operating a wrapping machine that was improperly guarded.

Caobisco calls for extended buffer stocks to combat supply fluctuations

Caobisco calls for extended buffer stocks to combat supply fluctuations

By Oliver Nieburg

The Association of the Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery of Europe (Caobisco) has called for buffer stocks to be extended to cover the supply of commodities like wheat, skimmed milk powder and butter oil as part of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy...

First yeast-derived beta glucan approved as novel food in EU

Novel Foods Exclusive

First yeast-derived beta glucan approved as novel food in EU

By Oliver Nieburg

Health ingredients firm Biothera has been granted novel foods approval in the EU for its immune health ingredient yeast beta glucan and said there were prospects for manufacturers in a variety of food formulations.

Coca-Cola to launch stevia-based brands in EU in early 2012

Special Edition: Stevia

Coca-Cola to expand stevia offering in EU; no plans to drop aspartame

By Jane Byrne

Coca-Cola said it has no reason to drop the artificial sweetener aspartame from its low or zero calorie beverage brands in the European market as it welcomes last week’s approval by the European Commission for the use of the natural sweetener stevia in...

EFSA may reassess proposed use levels for stevia in EU

Special Edition: Stevia

Is a re-assessment of EU stevia usage on the cards?

By Jane Byrne

Post-market monitoring of stevia use levels in food and drink products could see the European Commission broaden the current authorised food categories, claims a stevia trade body.

Beware of gummy bears found under the influence...

Beware of gummy bears found under the influence...

By Ben Bouckley

The US-based Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) has warned parents of children involved in trick-or-treat to be wary of potential adulteration of gummy bears or other confectionery with alcoholic drinks such as vodka.

Mars follows Cadbury and Nestle in Fairtrade branding

Mars goes Fairtrade with Maltesers

By Jane Byrne

Mars has announced that Maltesers will be its first brand to carry the Fairtrade mark from June 2012, the commitment follows similar moves from Cadbury and Nestle.

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