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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.

3D inspection of beverage cans and glasses exceeds speeds of 1,200 containers per minute

Filtec has launched AURAtec, a laser-based inspection system that detects pressure inconsistencies in glass and can containers.    

‘Our efforts are far from over’: Responsible drinking alliance highlights 2015 progress

The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking – a group supported by global alcohol beverage companies including AB InBev, Heineken and Diageo – says ‘good progress’ has been made on a...

GUEST ARTICLE: #SayItWithPepsi and #SmileWithACoke... Have you trademarked your hashtag yet?

You can trademark words, phrases, symbols and designs, so what about #hashtags? It's relatively new territory in the world of intellectual property law, but it's well worth doing, say Rebecca Cross...

Report calls for more measures to reduce energy drink consumption among children

A UK research group is calling for measures to curb excessive energy drinks consumption among children and young people: such as preventing sales to under 16s and banning marketing targeted...

Call for UK to bulk up childhood obesity strategy in wake of leaked plans

Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to revise its childhood obesity strategy, alleging that leaked draft documents show plans do not go far enough.

Algae calcium not permitted in organic soy drinks, says German court

A German state court has ruled an algae-sourced calcium has no place in an organic soy drink – the manufacturer has appealed the verdict.

Put the sugar tax on hold after Brexit, says FDF

Industry group, the Food and Drink Federation, has called for the UK's sugar tax to be put on hold due to the economic fragility of the post-Brexit environment - but...

South Africa sets out sugar tax plans

South Africa’s National Treasury has published proposals for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, and is inviting comment on the plans. 

Energy drink concerns ‘nothing to do with sportspeople’, says frustrated ESSNA

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has called for a distinction to be made between the two blocked caffeine claims referring to endurance and a further two referring to...

Hologram trade body claims 86% of US counterfeit goods now come from China

The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) is calling for an urgent review after a US Chamber of Commerce report claims four fifths (86%) of all counterfeit goods now come from China.

News in brief

Coca Cola: Hubert's Lemonade recall 'limited'

The Coca-Cola Company has recalled some Hubert's Lemonade due to potential presence of glass in some bottles.

EU caffeine claim ban

MEP caffeine vote 'disgraceful' victory of politics over science: Industry

Industry has lamented yesterday’s European Parliament plenary vote to block four caffeine claims, which otherwise seemed set to pass into EU law books after years of delay. 

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MEPs block 4 caffeine claims

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to veto four caffeine health claims following a lively debate on energy drinks in a Strasbourg plenary today. 

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Caffeine claim calamity should give nutrient profiles wings

The European Commission has started the first phase of its investigation into the need for nutrient profiles, with a report expected in spring 2017. Yet with the caffeine claim fiasco...

EFSA could recommend values for added sugar following Nordic request

Announced last week, details of the five Nordic countries’ request that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) looks at recommending reference values for added sugar in food and drink have been...

EU Commission to investigate if ‘AB InBev has abused its position’ on Belgian beer market

The European Commission has opened an investigation to assess whether AB InBev has abused its ‘dominant position on the Belgian beer market’ by hindering imports of its beer from neighboring...

Avure tests deadly toxin in coconut water treated with HPP

Avure Technologies has completed a study with the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) to test the potential risk of Clostridium botulinum in coconut water, and will share the...

Commission asks: Can the EU go on without nutrient profiles?

The European Commission has started the first phase of its investigation into the need for nutrient profiles, which it hopes will settle the issue once and for all.

Will Italy also debate a sugar and sat fat tax?

A small group of Italian politicians have presented a bill to the Senate proposing a tax on sugary and diet drinks as well as palm oil and industrial trans fats...

News in brief

Nordic 5 ask EFSA to help set intake limits for added sugar

Five Nordic countries have asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) whether new evidence means limits for added sugar intakes could now be set.

Brexit and your business: Have your say

We want to know what impact you think Brexit will have on your business. 

IARC's declassification of coffee 'does not happen often,' ISIC secretary general says

A recent review published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found no clear association between coffee intake and cancer, and in some cases, found evidence that drinking...

Findings that teenagers drink sports drinks 'socially' prompts call for tighter regulation

About 90% of teenagers drink sports drinks for the 'nice taste' not the intended functional purpose, which is needlessly increasing their risk of obesity and tooth erosion, according to a...

MillerCoors defeats Blue Moon ‘craft beer’ lawsuit once more

A federal court has dismissed a class action claim that MillerCoors misleads consumers by marketing their Blue Moon Belgium beer as “craft beer.”

Beverage industry to fight back against Philadelphia’s new soda tax

Philadelphia's new soda tax violates state law, says the American Beverage Association (ABA), which is preparing to take legal action to challenge the levy.

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