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CONTROVERSIAL HEALTH SERVICE AD COMPARES ALCOHOL TO ASBESTOS AND TOBACCO

Tumor in a beer bottle: Scary NHS advert survives industry strike

The UK beer industry has failed in its bid to stop the broadcast of a controversial National Health Service (NHS) aligned advert that shows a man swallowing a cancerous tumor...

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Organic labeling regulation change 'offers opportunities': spiritsEUROPE

spiritsEUROPE insists that laws on production and labeling of organic products including spirits present opportunities for small to medium-sized distillers in particular to better cater for consumer needs.

‘Double whammy’: Senator insists FDA rule could cripple craft brewers

Senator Charles Schumer is calling on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Margaret Hamburg to strike out a new rule that will hinder brewers selling spent grain to farmers...

‘Astonished’ US lawyers: Controversial powdered booze could follow vodka tampon fad

US attorneys Lehrman Beverage Law say they are ‘astonished’ that 58% alcohol by weight powder Palcohol has been approved for US sale as brandowner Lipmark predicts an autumn 2014 launch.

'I was astonished by this line of questioning.' More reaction to POM v Coke at the Supreme Court

The questions posed by Supreme Court Justices during oral arguments in a false advertising case brought by POM Wonderful against Coca Cola were nothing short of “astonishing”, according to one...

dispatches from Analytica 2014

Merck: Food industry wants rapid methods

The food industry is moving from traditional culture to rapid methods to release product faster to the market, according to Merck Millipore.

Banning chocolate milk sees drop in pupil's dairy intake

Banning chocolate milk from schools may reduce overall milk consumption and increase waste, a US study suggests. 

POM v Coca-Cola false advertising spat heads to Supreme Court, but what does this mean for your label?

It’s not quite as dramatic as the Oscar Pistorius trial, but in the world of food law, a false advertising case brought by POM Wonderful against rival Coca-Cola is being...

Morrisons criticised for YouTube alcohol advert

Morrisons has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after its video advertisement, broadcast during a series of children’s nursery rhymes on YouTube, featured images of spirit bottles with...

Dispatches from Analytica 2014

Shimadzu: Flexibility vital to meeting customer demand

Shimadzu said meeting customer demand for food safety and quality control depends on what they want to see or know from their samples.

Major breakthrough for Scotch in battle to beat Aussie fraudsters

Scotland’s whisky industry is celebrating a “major breakthrough” in Australia, where this the spirit was registered as a certification trademark. The move comes after a long battle by Scotch Whisky...

Potential BPA replacements ‘need more study’

Denmark’s National Food Institute (NFI) has said it considers it ‘unwise’ to replace bisphenol A (BPA) with any of five compounds it studied until more data is available.

UK ASA: "Court action is a last resort but we will issue such action if other measures fail"

Snubbed: Dutch firm smokes UK joint health claim ban

Joint health claims made by a Dutch-made collagen, glucosamine and omega-3 based food supplement, have been kyboshed by the UK advertising watchdog. But Finitri, the Dutch firm, has gone underground...

dispatches from Analytica 2014

Mobile colorimeter meets immediate analysis needs

Making decisions based on quick on-site analysis is helping to drive the demand for mobile colorimeters, according to Merck Millipore.

Diageo's Captain Morgan fights to force ‘copycat’ Admiral Nelson surrender

Diageo is suing rum rival Heaven Hill Distillers in Canada claiming the Kentucky firm is infringing its Captain Morgan trademark with its Admiral Nelson's spiced rum.

dispatches from Analytica 2014

Checking product quality with a refractometer

Refractometers can be used as a final check to ensure everything has gone right in the production process, according to a UK firm.  

Evaporated cane juice lawsuit on ice as FDA weighs in. But what does this mean for industry?

A class action lawsuit accusing Coca-Cola subsidiary Odwalla of misleading consumers and misbranding its products by using the term ‘evaporated cane juice’ (ECJ) on labels has been put on ice...

Diet drinks may be linked to heart trouble in older women

Postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems, according to new research.

CARLSBERG ISSUES CONSUMER APOLOGY FOR 'INCONVENIENCE AND DISCOMFORT'

Alcoholic Pepsi anyone? Carlsberg Sweden’s Lidl problem…

Carlsberg Sweden has launched an investigation after accidentally sending Pepsi MAX cans filled with a citrus-based alcopop to retail customer Lidl.

'Trade conflict turned business partnership!' China ends EU wine war

China has agreed to end its year-long investigation into subsidies on and alleged dumping of EU wine exports in a move that will relieve France in particular.

FOODEX 2014: LIVE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR

‘America sneezes - we catch a cold!’: Serving sizes and the UK war on sugar

A food industry panel chaired by former UK cabinet minister Michael Portillo has warned that the UK drive to cut sugar and salt levels in food and drink risks being...

French parliamentary report pushes 'fast-food' tax

A French senatorial report has proposed a 'junk-food' tax on products that are linked to heart disease - with the report taking particular aim at soft drinks, which currently benefit...

EFSA report outlines recommendations for improved food additives model

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) plans to revise the tool used to estimate food additive intakes on the back of stakeholder feedback and updates of food consumption in its...

EFSA Board backs Bernhard Url to be new chief

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is backing Dr Bernhard Url to be its next executive director after its management board selected the acting chief from a shortlist.

COKE HITS BACK AT 'MERITLESS LAWSUITS' AND LAWYERS

US class action slams ‘chemical Coke’ for phosphoric acid use

A US lawsuit insists Coke made false, deceptive claims that its eponymous brand was ‘healthy and natural’ in the wake of a ‘Category 5’ consumer hurricane that saw soda sales...