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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.

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. 


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.

EFSA to consider green tea catechins safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will look at the safety of green tea catechins in a report that could confirm or clear up long-standing concerns over liver damage. 

More consumers want ingredient & nutrition info on alcoholic beverages: Survey

In Europe, 86% of today’s consumers want to see ingredients and nutrition information provided for alcoholic beverages: an increase from two years ago. 

Carlsberg video banned for linking alcohol with building site

A Carlsberg UK video has been banned by the UK’s advertising standards authority for linking alcohol with a building site, ‘an unsafe and unwise location in which to consume alcohol’....

Brewers add ingredient & nutrition info in Europe

By the end of 2017, more than half the beer brewed in the EU will carry ingredients and nutrition information, according to The Brewers of Europe. 

Detained foodstuff doubles but decrease for beverages

EU customs authorities seized an estimated five million more counterfeit items in 2015 than the previous year, according to figures from the European Commission.

Is all fair in love & war, logos & lobbying? France begins nutrition label trial

Amid cries of conflicts of interest and fierce industry lobbying, France will test out four different nutrition labels for a trial period to see which is the most efficient in...

Ireland launches national obesity plan

The Irish government has launched an ambitious national obesity plan which proposes a sugary drinks tax, maximum portion sizes, marketing restrictions and reformulation targets - but the lack of funding...

Minimum unit pricing: What does the public think?

A survey of British social attitudes suggests that 52% of the public supports minimum unit pricing (MUP), while attitudes vary between people who drink lightly and heavily.

Public opinion divided on advertising and sponsorship rules for alcohol brands

Should alcohol brands be allowed to advertise on television? Should they be able to sponsor sporting events? A survey into British attitudes has found public opinion is divided on these...

Sin taxes work while stealth reformulation success still ‘anecdotal’, says study

Sugar taxes show evidence of working across all socioeconomic classes while stealth reformulation’s effect on obesity is largely anecdotal, says Professor Barry Popkin.

Warning labels on soft drinks may affect purchasing decisions of teens: study

Teens are more than 15% less likely to purchase soft drinks or other sugary beverages that have warning labels, according to a new study by researchers from the Center for...

UK pushes voluntary added sugar labelling scheme

The UK government has confirmed that it will introduce “clearer visual labelling” in relation to free sugars on packaged food and drinks - but it will be voluntary.

Alcoholic companies should embrace the ‘rising green tide’ before it’s too late, Euromonitor analyst says

Valued at approximately $7bn and still growing, the legalized cannabis industry in the US should no longer be considered a fleeting fad by the alcohol industry which has been largely...

Hold on? ASA rubbishes Aspire’s green tea weight loss claim

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints against Aspire Drinks over its claim that “green tea extract helps reduce body fat”, rejecting every piece of evidence submitted.

Ireland ponders sugary drinks tax

A tax on sugary drinks is being considered by the Irish government as part of the upcoming budget, a measure condemned by the Irish Beverage Council (IBC) as “costly political...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Indonesian parties table legislation to outlaw alcohol

Plus: Childhood stunting costs Philippines almost 3% of GDP; and Vietnam’s first ‘fairer’ sugar auctions announced.

Guest article

Sugar taxes: A case of pop policy and comic consultation

The UK's sugar tax was little more than populist light relief to brighten a speech full of economic doom and gloom. But what's worse, argues Professor Jack Winkler, is that...

Diageo’s Captain Morgan rum rapped for ‘implying alcohol could enhance personal qualities’

An advert for Diageo’s Captain Morgan rum has been banned by the UK’s advertising authority, which ruled the ad implied that drinking alcohol could enhance confidence. 

Coca-Cola beats its water replenishment goal 5 years ahead of schedule

Coca-Cola announced that it replenished approximately 191.9 billion liters of water to local water sheds and communities, the equivalent to 115% of the water used in the company’s finished beverage...

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