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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.

Government policies should pass an ‘obesity test’

All new UK government policies should be considered in the context of rising obesity rates in an effort to reverse the trend, urges a report from independent think tank 2020health.

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HPP validation for chewable juices

Harvest Soul's juices have received validation from independent labs that high pressure processing (HPP) protects them against unhealthy bacteria and microorganisms.

Coke restates strong opposition to French soda tax that 'stigmatizes our products and category'

France’s largest soft drinks firms including Coke and Pepsi have committed to cutting sugar in added sugar soft drinks by an average of 5% in 2015, but the former tells...

TSG application for 'most natural form of milk production' published

An application for Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) status for haymilk, milk supposedly produced in "the most natural form",  has been opened for comment by the European Commission (EC)....

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‘Frightened’ UK grocery brands slow to report retail dirty dealing

The adjudicator charged with policing the UK food and beverage manufacturing supply chain against retailer malpractice claims that many suppliers are scared of speaking out for fear of retribution.

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PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi slams ‘discriminatory’ soda tax proposals

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has attacked November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley that will ask city residents to approve increased taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and sweeteners used to sweeten...

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Fowler Products launches inspection/rejection system for capping applications

Fowler Products, powered by Pro Mach has launched a high speed inspection/rejection system for capping applications which can cap and inspect more than 900 bottles per minute.

'It's a great change...': Japanese food industry readies for new health claim laws in 2015

Japan’s innovative but restricted €25bn functional foods and food supplements sector is about to be handed a set of game-changing marketing keys by the government, industry players told us at...

"As a member of Parliament, I need facts. And I think you, the food industry, have the resources to find those."

MEP defends EU novel foods laws against innovation attacks

The food industry should provide facts if it expects EU decision makers to consider dismantling the controversial novel foods regulation it has long-argued discourages innovation, a UK member of the...

REFERRAL FOLLOWS JULY DECISION ON NESTLE WATERS COMPLAINTS

Advertising watchdog refers Sparkling Ice to FTC over ‘bold side of water' claim

The National Advertising Division has referred Sparkling Ice to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claiming that the brand failed to comply with a determination that its advertising was misleading.

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Edrington ‘shocked and saddened’ by whisky worker’s death

Edrington says it is ‘shocked and saddened’ after a 58 year-old maintenance worker died after falling through the roof of a whisky maturing warehouse at Scotland’s Parkmore Distillery.

“Try telling any marathoner or endurance cyclist that carb drinks and gels don't help them maintain performance over long distances and you'll be laughed out of the room..."

‘Controversial’; EFSA rejects sports gels for endurance

Data backing ‘carbohydrate solutions’ like sports gels to benefit 60-minute-plus endurance efforts have been rebuffed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), a decision one sports nutrition expert called, “controversial”....

Minimum unit pricing would save 624 lives a year - compared to 14 under current alcohol policy: Study

A policy of minimum unit pricing on alcohol sales in England would have up to 50 times greater effect than the current ban on below cost selling, according to researchers...

Endocrine disruptor criteria aim in EC consultation

A consultation to help define criteria for endocrine disruptors has been launched by the European Commission.

Trade agreement has spirit of success, say Canadian and European industry bodies

A free trade agreement between the EU and Canada is tipped to boost transatlantic trade of spirits drinks, further opening each market to trade. 

'Pointless bureaucracy': Brewmeister slams ASA Snake Venom beer ruling

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint that challenged online claims about the alcohol content of Brewmeister's 67.5% Snake Venom beer.

EFSA takes 'e' path to cut red tape for health claims and more

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has introduced an ‘e-service’ to speed applications for health claims and food and feed additives.

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Invisible Sentinel extends distribution for wine-spoilage test

Invisible Sentinel's test for wine spoilage is to be distributed by Enartis.

Scientist fires EU coffee warning ahead of EFSA caffeine publication

A high-profile scientist warns that any move by EFSA to recommend lower upper levels of caffeine consumption below 300mg/day could be ‘very harmful’ for the EU coffee industry, ahead of...

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Scotch Whisky Association welcomes 'stability' after nation rejects independence

Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) CEO David Frost has welcomed the 'stability' that a 'No' vote will ensure after the Scottish people voted to reject independence from the rest of the...

Rabobank’s stark Scotch warning: Independence will hurt whisky industry

Rabobank believes the short-term impact of Scottish independence on the whisky industry would be negative – affecting access to export markets, foreign exchange, taxation rates and input costs.

Food and drink in an independent Scotland – in pictures

Thousands of Scots will vote for or against Scottish independence this Thursday (September 18), but how do some of the UK’s biggest food and drink firms think independence will affect...

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Senator pushes for guidelines on safe energy drink use by young athletes

US senator for New Jersey Bob Menendez has introduced a bill into Congress to ‘promote youth athletic safety’ that includes a call for government guidelines on use of energy drinks...

"The lawsuit is without merit and we will aggressively defend it': Anheuser-Busch

Beck’s US beer row intensifies as AB InBev fails to KO court case claiming German brewing deception

Anheuser-Busch lawyers have failed to KO a lawsuit brought by US consumers who claim the company misled them into buying Beck’s by ‘deceptive conduct’ that suggested the beer was still...

NESTLE WATERS CORPORATE COMMS DIRECTOR, JANE LAZGIN, DEFENDS COMPANY'S OPERATIONS

‘Juices, soft drinks, beer all use more water!’ Nestle Waters hits back at California drought critics

Nestle Waters has hit back at critics who claim it draws too much water from a Southern Californian spring, insisting its products are sustainable and use minimal water versus other...

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