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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.

Germany asks: When do energy drinks pose a risk?

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has launched an online forum entitled ‘Energy Drinks: When do they pose a risk?’, which it hopes will raise awareness of the...

Soapbox

If Mexico’s soda tax really works, why are tax revenues still rising?

In January, the much respected British Medical Journal published a paper which aimed to test the success of the Mexican sugar excise tax, which had been levied on sugar-sweetened drinks.

Supermarket ad for wine brand ‘Fat bastard’ banned by advertising watchdog

The UK’s advertising watchdog has banned an advert from supermarket Iceland for the ‘Fat bastard’ wine brand, saying it was ‘irresponsibly targeted’ because it could have been seen by children. ...

Australia

Scientists may have linked energy drinks with heart palpitations

South Australian researchers believe that more than two energy drinks per day could be the cause of fast heartbeat and palpitations.

Italian authorities seize fake Moët & Chandon champagne

Counterfeit champagne has been seized in Italy in what authorities have called ‘one of the most significant’ findings of its type.

Trade group considers action against ‘discriminatory’ energy drink bans

Trade association Energy Drinks Europe (EDE) has joined calls against bans on energy drink sales to under 18s in Lithuania and more recently Latvia, which it says might be contrary...

Latvia to ban energy drink sales to under 18s

Latvia will follow in the footsteps of its Baltic neighbour by banning the sale of energy drinks to under 18s – something the country’s advertising association has called anti-EU.

WHO report backs a tax on sugary drinks to halt child obesity

A report commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) backs a tax on sugary drinks, mandatory nutrient labelling and restrictions on marketing to children in a bid to tackle the child obesity...

Döhler launches test kit to help craft and microbreweries

Döhler has launched a test kit to analyse contaminants found in the beer brewing process and the hygiene of production and dispensing units.

South Asia radius

Modi’s call for sodas to be 2% juice bewilders beverage industry

A suggestion by India’s prime minister for all fizzy drinks to have at least 2% natural fruit juice content has baffled many beverage manufacturers.

The sugar tax conundrum currently playing out in Asian markets

With various emerging Asian markets now considering legislation or tighter regulation of sugar in soft drinks, one of the key issues of the regional beverage industry in 2016 might well...

Upcoming EU sports nutrition law revamp – a win for industry?

The way sports foods are regulated in the EU is set to change. But how? Craig Simpson, EU food law expert with Steptoe & Johnson in the UK, gives his...

Tough new alcohol guidelines get mixed response

New guidelines on the amount of alcohol people should drink in a week have received a lukewarm reaction from scientists and lobby groups.

UK PM says a sugar tax could be on the cards

In a shock U-turn, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron says he will consider a sugar tax as a measure to fight obesity. 

‘It’s naïve to think teenagers will listen to the government on energy drinks’: Foodwatch

Only one out of 14 German retailers asked has age-restricted sales policies for energy drinks, showing the government’s soft voluntary approach is not enough, according to the German branch of...

CIDER Act to cut key taxes in cider market

The CIDER Act, which will update various tax definitions of cider, was passed into law with the end-of-year US tax package.

Weetabix among backers of app giving 'sugar cube' content of 75,000 products

UK government agency Public Health England has launched a smartphone app enabling consumers to scan the barcode on products to discover their sugar content in ‘cubes’ and grams.

Advertising watchdog clears Baileys Christmas advert

The UK’s advertising watchdog has cleared a Baileys Christmas TV ad, which was part of the brand’s ‘It’s not Christmas without you’ campaign. 

ASA ruling

Hare today, gone tomorrow: Nestlé boots Nesquik healthy bunny claims after UK challenge

Nesquik is no longer "a great start to the day" after the UK advertising authority ruled the product too high in sugar to bear health claims. ...

Special edition: Food for kids

No thirst for water promotion among kids’ TV makers

TV is a ‘missed opportunity’ to promote healthy hydration messages to children, with fizzy drinks dominating screen time, according to new research.

EFSA backs safety of new stevia form

Rebaudioside M is safe and can be added to the list of EU-approved steviol glycosides (E960), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded. The agency said this was the...

Wine boost: US Patent and Trademark Office grants certification mark for Napa Valley

The Napa Valley Vintners has obtained a Certification Mark from the US Patent and Trademark Office for the name ‘Napa Valley,’ the first time an American Viticultural Area (AVA) has...

News in brief

Nestlé Waters-owned company recalls tea after consumer complaints

A Nestlé Waters-owned company has recalled tea after four complaints of glass in the product.

South Asia radius

‘Sin tax’ of 40% proposed to cover Indian soft drinks

A panel that is looking into the implementation of a new system of GST in India has proposed levying a 40% “sin tax” on aerated drinks, even though consumption is...

Indonesia mulls sugar tax while Filipino farmers make voices heard

With the Philippines preparing legislation to introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks, neighbouring Indonesia could now follow suit after officials began a study into the policy.

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