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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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Shipments of Soylent 2.0 to resume shortly following mold probe

Soylent says it will shortly resume shipments of Soylent 2.0, the new ready-to-drink version of its flagship meal substitute, after addressing a manufacturing glitch which caused mold to grow on...

ASA ruling

Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ ad doesn’t infer health benefit, says UK watchdog

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint that a Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ advert implied the product was good for overall health.

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Nestlé, Krones, ChemDAQ among founding members of association

Nestlé, Solvay, Krones and ChemDAQ are founding members of an industry association to ensure the safe use of aseptic processing chemicals.

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Yakult wins Swiss probiotic health claim

Yakult has joined fellow probiotic giant Danone in winning health claims for its probiotic yoghurt drinks in Switzerland.

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FDA sounds warning on untreated juice

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against drinking untreated fruit juices.

Partnership targets spoilage organisms in juice

Invisible Sentinel has partnered with Refresco Gerber to detect spoilage organisms found in fruit juice and concentrates.

UK government rules out sugar tax

The British government has no plans to tax sugary drinks, despite an online petition receiving more than the 100,000 signatures required to spark a parliamentary debate on the issue.

ESSNA: Specific sports food laws would ‘hurt rather than help’ in Europe

Europe’s peak sports nutrition trade group has affirmed broad support for better and more relevant sports food, drink and supplement regulation across Europe, but emphasised not all parties agree on...

Calls mount to evolve EU sports foods regulations

European food bodies have reiterated calls to better regulate the sports food, drink and supplement category to ease uncertainty and inconsistency across the EU’s 28 member states – and boost innovation.

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Filtec undergoes rebrand and promises refreshed product line

Industrial Dynamics Company has become Filtec and has promised a refreshed product line.

‘Prohibition to frack in protected catchment areas has to be clearly stated’: Bottled water group urges protection for natural mineral & spring waters

The European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) is calling for clear, specific legislation that prohibits any exploration and exploitation fracking activity in catchment areas around underground water resources. 

‘People have a right to know where the juice used to make their cider comes from!’ Cider makers call for country of origin labels

Cider Australia has launched a petition calling for country of origin labelling laws to be extended to cider, in an effort to ensure producers using local ingredients are on a...

Jamie wins 100k signatures to force sugar tax debate

The government will be forced to consider debating whether to tax sugary drinks after a petition calling for the move by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver gained more than 100,000 signatures.

Industry hits back at calls for UK tax on sugary drinks

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has put the spotlight back on sugar with a call for a tax on sugary drinks – but industry has accused him of simplifying a complex problem.

Minimum unit pricing on alcohol could break free trade rules

Scotland’s plans for minimum unit pricing on alcohol could break free trade rules, says the advocate general for the European Court of Justice; but the Scottish government says it will continue...

‘Stop pretending drinkers are a burden on taxpayers!’ Report says alcohol tax revenue far outweighs cost to the public purse

The cost of alcohol use to the government in England has been over-stated by public health campaigners, and in fact the revenue from taxes outweighs such costs to the tune...

China direct

12.5% of beverages failed Chinese inspections in first-half of year

More than one in 10 drinks on sale in China did not meet national standards in the first six months of this year, China’s food regulator has announced.

Jamie Oliver’s tax on soft drinks ‘useless’

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s call to put sugary soft drinks “on the naughty step” with a 20% tax has been slammed by industry as ’pointless’.

Berkeley soda sin tax isn’t serving its purpose, say economists

The first-ever US soda tax may not be going as well as expected, according to a recent study by economists.

Ardagh fined by EPA over wastewater discharge violation

Ardagh Glass will pay a $103,440 penalty and fund three environmental projects costing about $121,700 to settle claims it was discharging wastewater in violation of its permits.

Bai Brands under fire over 'antioxidant-packed' claims as judge allows false advertising lawsuit to proceed

Beverage industry superstar Bai Brands – which hit the headlines this week with the launch of antioxidant-infused Antiwater – has also attracted the attention of plaintiff’s attorneys in California, which...

Two workers taken to hospital after Nestlé Poland Spring water ammonia leak

Up to 100 employees were evacuated and two workers were taken to hospital after an ammonia leak at Poland Spring water bottling plant in Poland, Maine, on Thursday (August 6).

'The First Amendment forbids the government from compelling private speakers to express the government’s views:' ABA

Soda industry sues San Francisco over sugary drink warnings

The American Beverage Association (ABA) is suing San Francisco over mandatory warning labels on soda advertisements, saying the rules violate the First Amendment. 

Don't count on industry goodwill: Tax for healthy, sustainable food

Don’t count on industry goodwill or informed consumers for a healthier, sustainable food system – it's time to try food taxes, says one report.

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EFSA stands by CLA rejection

EFSA is standing by a CLA-weight loss health claim rejection despite an appeal that accused it of failing to evaluate submitted efficacy data from joint applicants BASF and Stepan Lipid...

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