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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.

When nudge comes to shove: What are the best tactics for sugar reformulation?

Every EU country is battling with obesity, but is 2017 set to be the year that many more governments move from the comfort zone of industry-led “nudge” tactics to blunt...

Canadians will have a steep price to pay if sugary drink consumption continues to rise, study finds

Researchers from the University of Waterloo estimate that if Canadians continue the current consumption level of sugary beverages, it will result in 63,000 deaths related to high sugar consumption and...

Australia ‘needs national obesity plan and soft drinks tax should fund it’: Health summit chief

The lack of a coordinated national approach to the Australian obesity epidemic is “unacceptable”, according to the Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, who is calling for...

Three dead in Packaging Corporation of America paper mill explosion

Three men died and six workers were injured after an explosion at a paper mill owned by Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) on Wednesday (February 8).

ENVI politicians back stricter rules on marketing junk food to children

Europe's food safety and health politicians have voted in favour to further restrict marketing unhealthy food to children on TV and video platforms in a committee vote.

Infuser and partners to scale-up disinfection technology

Infuser has started a project to scale-up disinfection technology to boost food safety for industry.

'Bold' obesity plan in Scotland would see manufacturers suffer, says industry

Scotland needs a “bold approach” to tackle obesity, according to an influential group of politicians. But food industry representatives said tough regulation could present “barriers to business” for the country’s manufacturers....

Students given ‘300 coffees’ worth of caffeine in experimental error

A British University has been fined after a bungled nutritional experiment led to students consuming caffeine quantities equivalent to '300 cups of coffee.'

Drinks industry calls for duty cuts as Brexit looms

UK spirit, wine and beer industries are calling for a cut in duty, saying that as Brexit looms they need the government’s support more than ever.

Fresh thinking: Industry leaders form coalition to unlock trillions through sustainable practices

The Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FReSH) programme is aiming to bring private and public sector together to achieve the UN's sustainable development goals for 2030, an achievement that...

Don’t tax sugar – just sweeten the deal for healthy snacks, say campaigners

The 'Don’t tax healthy' campaign, started by OPPO ice cream, is fighting for UK tax breaks on low sugar foods, saying a system of incentives for healthy alternatives should come before penalties....

Will an end to sugar quotas undermine a sugar tax?

Health campaigners in the UK fear that the end of the EU’s sugar quota regime will trigger a nosedive in prices and shelter manufacturers from next year’s sugar tax. But...

EU court of auditors attacks Commission for its failures on food waste

EU auditors said the European Commission’s efforts to tackle food waste have lacked effort, coordination, been fragmented and intermittent - and without even a real definition of food waste, in...

Can a soda tax discourage ‘go large’?

Discouraging the sale of ‘jumbo sized’ sugary drinks would have both economic and health benefits, according to a UK study led by the University of East Anglia. Policy interventions –...

New Zealand

Study lifts lid on how much alcohol branding kids see on sports TV

Kiwi viewers can be exposed to four alcoholic drinks brands every minute as they watch sport on the television, leading some children to assume that drinking alcohol was “part of...

EFET gives all clear after acid contamination threat

The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) has confirmed all ‘is back to normal’ following threats to contaminate Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta products with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

BMJ editorial: ‘Apparently Coca-Cola’s voice counts more than those of directors of public health’

Coca-Cola Christmas truck should be banned, argue public health campaigners

An editorial published in the journal BMJ this week calls for Coca-Cola’s Christmas truck to be banned as public health campaigners seek to improve children’s health. But Coca-Cola GB has...

Current controls on alcohol marketing do not protect youth, argue public health experts: but industry defends self-regulation

Young people are exposed to ‘extensive alcohol marketing’ and governments around the world need to strengthen rules, say public health experts, as a supplement on the subject is published in...

New food safety and hygiene course for drinks manufacturers

Appetite Learning has launched a new course, Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Drinks Manufacturers, a course specifically tailored to the beverage industry.

Australia

Kids following 'European model' three times less likely to binge drink

Children given sips of alcohol by their parents are much more likely to be drinking full measures by 16, but less likely to binge drink, according to a study of...

Sugar-free drinks no better for weight control, argue researchers

Artificially-sweetened beverages (ASB) do not contribute to weight loss and may even be part of the overall obesity problem, researchers claim. 

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta in acid contamination scare

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta have withdrawn products in a region of Greece after a group threatened to contaminate them with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

India

FSSAI orders energy drinks to comply to regulations

India’s food regulator is gearing up to impose a limit on caffeine contained in energy drinks. From July 1, manufacturers will be compelled to comply with FSSAI regulations, according to...

Europe’s Plan B: The ‘Common Food Policy’

An independent think tank, IPES, has been set up to advise the EU and work towards creating a common food policy that would create a sustainable, healthy and profitable food...

Dispatches from the #SNC16 congress in Frankfurt

Could energy drinks be cut out of the EU caffeine claim loop?

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is lobbying for two different solutions to the EU caffeine claim hold up, one of which could see use of the claims limited to...

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