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Regulation & Safety

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.

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Shanghai Food Safety Federation visits Döhler

The Shanghai Food Safety Federation has visited Döhler’s Asia-Pacific headquarters.

Spain and Estonia to tax sugary drinks

Spain and Estonia are the latest EU countries to announce plans for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Irish 'FoodCloud' app aims to end food waste

An app connecting the food industry with charities is attempting to eradicate food waste by redirecting surplus produce.

'Significant players have acted to accelerate reformulation; others need to be more ambitious and move faster'

UK sugar tax: Government encourages further reformulation as draft legislation published

The UK government is pushing ahead with its soft drinks industry levy, saying that the impending legislation is already encouraging producers to reformulate their drinks. 

Guilty verdict in 5-hour counterfeiting case seen as potent deterrent

The guilty verdict handed down this week in the 5-hour Energy product counterfeiting case is a milestone within the nutritional products sphere that could serve an important deterrent function, said...

A spoonful of sugar? Teens consume a bathtub full a year through sugary drinks

Teenagers in the UK consume around 77 litres of sugary drinks every year – enough to fill a bathtub, according to "shocking" results of a survey.

Australia

Social media blurs lines between alcohol and sport, researchers claim

An Australian study into how alcohol companies use sport to sell their products via social media suggests that businesses go beyond simple promotion by encouraging their audiences to create and...

Drink associations to appeal against minimum unit pricing in Scotland

The drinks industry has applied to appeal in the UK Supreme Court against Scotland’s plans for minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcoholic beverages. 

Pack Expo 2016

Sealed Air Divercraft helps craft brewers sustainably spend more time brewing instead of cleaning

Among the numerous operational challenges craft brewers have to address is maintaining hygienic standards during brewing while maximizing uptime and producing a consistent, high quality product. 

Minimum unit pricing: What will it mean for wine, beer, and spirits in Scotland?

Spirits will face the greatest impact from Scotland’s impending minimum unit price legislation, with 69% of volume currently sold being below the 50p per unit threshold. But wine and premium...

News in brief

Alcohol issues cited in JRC fraud summary

Alcohol featured heavily in the second monthly report on food fraud and authenticity by the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

News in brief

Markes International launches sorptive extraction technology

Markes International has launched a technology for high-capacity sorptive extraction of organic chemicals from liquids and solids.

Australia-New Zealand

Regulator considers permitting use of all minor steviol glycosides

The antipodean food regulator is surveying opinion on an application by a natural sweetener company to permit a wider range of steviol glycosides for use as intense sweeteners.

South Asia radius

Beverage industry licks wounds after regulatory and GST notifications

The Indian food regulator has amended the national food regulations to include a definition for carbonated fruit beverages, much to the disappointment of beverage makers, who are still reeling at...

News in brief

AOAC backs methodology for ethanol levels in kombucha

A testing methodology for alcohol levels in kombucha tea has been approved by the AOAC.

Law applies from 3 November 2016

Stevia sector says imminent EU law changes will sweeten NPD

An amendment to the EU food additives regulation has removed the requirement for stevia blends to contain at least 75% stevioside or reb A, giving food and beverage manufacturers scope...

Guest article

How to plan for the FDA’s new beverage label rules

In May 2016, the FDA released its final rules for updated food and beverage labels. Marsha Frydrychowski of Resource Label Group outlines how beverage brands can plan for the new rules....

Option paralysis: Consumers were confused by 'Choices'

Dutch ditch healthy eating logo for an app

The Dutch government has ordered the industry-led healthy eating logo to be phased out and replaced with an app that allows consumers to scan products for nutrition information.

Scottish court backs minimum unit pricing plans

Scotland’s Court of Session has approved the government’s plans to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol. 

A couple of sugary drinks daily ‘doubles diabetes risk,’ study shows

The choice between artificially sweetened and sugared soft drinks does not seem to make a difference in the onset of chronic conditions such as diabetes, according to Swedish research. 

Feature

Nitrogen spiking: The loophole jeopardising protein’s podium place

The European sports nutrition industry is calling for a ‘protein spiking’ loophole to be closed, but if there is any Brussels movement it is likely to be slow and this...

Big soda sponsoring US health organizations is a conflict of interest: BU study

A study from Boston University says that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo sponsored at least 96 national health organizations from 2011 to 2015, dampening the health groups' support of legislation to reduce...

Proposals outlining a tax on sugared drinks endorsed by WHO

Mounting evidence suggests the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is justified as a way to lower intake and reduce cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

BPA ban move backed by MEPs

An EU-wide ban of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials (FCMs) has been backed by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Sugar market reforms could leave bitter taste, and now is the time to prepare

Food and drink companies expecting the sugar price to fall once quotas disappear might have a nasty shock, according to Rabobank’s latest forecasts.

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