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Check in here to learn the latest movements at the FDA, EFSA and other regulatory bodies on everything from sugar levels to health claims, and for the latest beverage safety news from accidents to recalls - starting on the factory floor and ending with the consumer.

Datalogic to supply packaging machine sensors for SMI Group

SMI Group has partnered with Datalogic to integrate its sensors in its bottling and packaging machines, which are delivered to F&B corporations including Carlsberg, Coca Cola, Danone, Heinz and Nestlè. ...

Diageo's Captain Morgan rum rapped for implying alcohol can overcome boredom

Diageo rum brand Captain Morgan has again been censured by UK advertising regulator the ASA – this time for implying that alcohol can overcome boredom and is capable of changing mood.

Walmart cranberry pomegranate juice is mostly grape & apple juice, says lawsuit

Walmart sued over juice labels; echoes of POM Wonderful v Coke?

Six weeks after the Supreme Court gave POM Wonderful the green light to sue Coca-Cola over its juice labels, Walmart has been targeted in a consumer class action lawsuit making...

Bella! EC backs beauty health claims; must be judged case-by-case

Beauty claims are permissible under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) a European Commission committee has said in what an analyst says is a “first blessing” the EC may have...

Monster Energy 'truly sorry' for teen’s heart attack injury but denies responsibility

Monster Beverage Corporation has moved to quell investor disquiet as a jury trial starts to decide if it is liable for injury suffered by a teen whose mother claims its...

'WE WILL FIGHT TO DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST CIVIL INTIMIDATION': 5-HOUR ENERGY

‘5-Hour Energy’s simply a caffeine delivery device’: Washington AG savages $1bn brand

Washington state attorneys insist that 5-Hour Energy wouldn’t work if it wasn’t for its caffeine content in a fierce attack on the credibility of America’s top-selling shot.

Australia

Study: Energy drinks increase the desire to drink longer and harder

Australian academics have called for greater analysis of the potential harm caused by mixing energy drinks with alcohol after new research found the practice can turn a few quick drinks...

‘Confusion and fear’ underpin beverage naturalness trend: Mintel

Confusion and fear of the unknown continue to drive interest in simplified product labels and natural ingredients, Mintel says.

Cactus drink marketer to pay $3.5 million to settle FTC false advertising claims

The marketers of a cactus drink have agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle false advertising charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission. Such charges could be levied against many...

‘What do you want, blood?’ China’s CFDA bans sale of Vampire Drinks

China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has banned the sale of a fruit punch in packaging designed to look like a medical blood bag, citing food safety concerns and dubious...

Pure Gold Collagen shot slammed by UK advertising regulator for ‘implied beauty claim’

The most successful ‘beauty shot’ on the UK market Pure Gold Collagen has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority for making ‘implied beauty and appearance claims’.

News in brief

EFSA declares Sunset Yellow safe and ups ADI

Current industry uses of food additive Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) are not a safety concern, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which has upped the acceptable daily...

Professor: What exactly is this mythical ‘pristine’ alternative to GMOs that presents no risks?

When consumers think about GMOs, they tend to contrast them with “some hypothetical alternative food that is pristine”, when in most cases, going ‘non-GMO’ just means returning to a food...

Judge tosses HPP-treated juice lawsuit vs Hain Celestial; says plaintiff derailed his own case

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Hain Celestial over the marketing of its BluePrint high-pressure-processed (HPP) juices on the grounds that the plaintiff derailed his own case by submitting...

DIAGEO BRAND RESPONDS TO REPORT LONDON FACTORY MADE 7,000 FAKE BOTTLES DAILY

Smirnoff insists fake vodka ‘rarely a problem’ if people use reputable retailers

Diageo brand Smirnoff insists fakes are rarely a problem if people buy the vodka brand from reputable retailers after reports a London factory was counterfeiting 7,000 bottles a day.

Legislation to ban BPA could push America backward – NAMPA

Legislation to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from food and beverage containers could ‘push America backward in public health’, according to the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA).

UK political party rules out sugar or fat tax, but takes aim at advergames

The UK Labour party will has ruled out the possibility of taxes on sugar or fat, but will take aim at marketing to children and online advergames, says shadow Public...

‘EU doesn’t have resources to police trade deals properly’: spiritsEUROPE DG warns

The head of powerful EU spirits trade confederation spiritsEUROPE warns that the EU Commission needs more resources to better police trade agreements with outside nations.

Safe sipping: Juice Tyme lands GFSI safety certification

Beverage producer Juice Tyme has received Food Safety System Certification 22000 from benchmarking group the Global Food Safety Initiative.

Southeast Asia

Indonesia considering new labeling rules for alcoholic beverages

The Indonesian government is considering new labeling regulations for manufacturers of alcoholic beverages in a bid to lower the number of consumers of alcohol in the country.

News in brief

Caramel colors: FDA to unveil survey data on 4-MEI levels in foods & beverages in August

The FDA will unveil the findings of a survey designed to provide a more accurate picture of exposure levels to 4-MEI (4-Methylimidazole) in August. 

Niagara Bottling taps into safety software

Niagara Bottling, a bottled water producer, is incorporating quality management software to increase the safety at its plant.

‘Not an efficient use of public money’: EU auditor slams €1.16bn wine fund

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) says specific investment and promotion funds for EU wine is not justified and argues that money is often used to consolidate markets not penetrate...

Acrylamide may increase cancer risk, says EFSA opinion

A draft EFSA opinion has “confirmed previous evaluations” that dietary intake of acrylamide may increase the risk of developing cancer for consumers. 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SIMON SPILLANE, BREWERS OF EUROPE (BRUSSELS PRESS CLUB)

‘Stop US tax discrimination against small EU brewers!’: Brewers of Europe

Brewers of Europe insists that ending 'discriminatory' tax breaks on small EU brewers exporting to the US remain a vital issue in ongoing talks around the Transatlantic Trade & Investment...

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