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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.

“The authorisation of these claims would see a major boost for sports men and women”

European sports nutrition sector backs EFSA caffeine opinion

The European sports nutrition sector says the recent EFSA opinion that backed daily caffeine intakes up to 400 mg per day, will lift the sector – if it makes it...

Beckham ‘no longer likely to hold such appeal to children’: ASA

Diageo escapes red card: ASA clears David Beckham Haig Club whisky advert

Diageo’s Haig Club whisky advert featuring footballing icon David Beckham has been cleared by UK media regulator the Advertising Standards Authority.

Garlic squash anyone? Tesco withdraws batch after wrong additive used

Tesco has withdrawn a batch of apple and blackcurrant squash from sale, following complaints from consumers over its ‘garlic odour.’

Williams and Warburton case shows sports nutrition brands must do more to reduce the ‘spectre’ of doping; Cambridge issues statement

UK sports nutrition brand Science Fitness has challenged firms to ramp up quality control (QC) measures to reduce the risk of sector-wide implication in doping cases via contamination.

Safety failings cost brewery £29k

Safety failings that led a worker to trap his foot in a rotating stirrer have resulted in a £29,000 bill for a Herefordshire brewery, after a successful prosecution by the Health...

'Honey - they're drunk, the kids!' Study links TV alcohol ads to hazardous underage drinking

A new US study has linked viewing and liking alcohol advertising on TV with the onset of drinking, binge drinking and hazardous drinking among underage youths.

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BPA safe verdict prompts wide response

Reaction to the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) decision that bisphenol A (BPA) does not pose a health risk at currently exposed levels has been flooding in.

Firm gets warning letter for straddling beverage/liquid supplement divide

A recent FDA warning letter to a New York company points again to the danger of mixing metaphors when positioning a product as either a beverage or a liquid dietary...

Opinion

On the spike: The curious case of a contaminated sports supplement

‘Don’t take sports supplements, they can’t be trusted’ was the takeaway message from Welsh track stars Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton after the recent UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) tribunal agreed steroids...

EFSA: BPA poses no risk

Bisphenol A (BPA) poses no health risk to consumers of any age group, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Cambridge Commodities: “There was no contamination in any of the tested products or ingredients.”

Mountain Fuel drink maker says ‘doped’ products tested clean

The third party manufacturer of the Mountain Fuel sports drink that has been blamed in a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) independent panel ruling for the ‘inadvertent’ steroid doping of two Welsh...

Red sky at night: Coca-Cola lambasted for London Eye sponsorship

Public health campaigners have criticised Coca-Cola's sponsorship of tourist attraction the London Eye, saying this could exacerbate sugar consumption and related health issues. 

EFSA caffeine opinion is not a green light

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) safety assessment on caffeine is not necessarily a green light for high caffeine consumption or for long-stalled health claims, according to industry commentators.

EFSA: 400mg of caffeine a day is safe

400mg of caffeine a day from all sources is not a safety concern, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in a long-awaited caffeine risk assessment. 

'Need for improved risk communication' to consumers on raw milk: EFSA

The risks associated with drinking raw milk should be better communicated to consumers, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended.

Sonoco speaks to FPD about CMA decision

Sonoco under investigation amid competition concerns after Weidenhammer acquisition

The UK Government Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has started an investigation after it found Sonoco’s acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group gives rise to ‘a realistic prospect of a substantial...

Australia

Caffeine found to boost soft drinks consumption, industry slams study

Australian researchers have called for tighter regulation of caffeine after it was found that the addition of the chemical in soft drinks increases their consumption.

News in brief

Special Brew review: Carlsberg ponders 9% ABV change

Carlsberg UK is reviewing its 500ml cans of Special Brew and Skol Super, as it pledges it will not sell any carbonated product with more than four units of alcohol...

AGENCY ALLEGES UNTRAINED TRUCK OPERATORS & BLOCKED EXIT ROUTES

Anheuser-Busch contests new OSHA safety citation proposing $160,000 fine

Anheuser-Busch says it disagrees with an OSHA citation suggesting fines totaling $162,500 for serious safety failings at a New Jersey site, as the agency confirms the brewer is contesting the ruling.

Monster & Red Bull among brands attacked for 'declining to commit to restrict marketing to under 18s'

Energy drink companies unwilling to protect teenagers, say US senators

The majority of the energy drinks market is unwilling to commit to protecting adolescents, according to a report by three US Senators.

Government backing of Asda sugar target 'sad day for public health'

Asda’s promise to reduce added sugar in some of its own brand drinks this year is a positive step forward – but it also reveals the chaotic approach to sugar...

News in brief

‘Urine deep trouble!’ – UK conman prosecuted for fake whisky sale

A UK conman has been prosecuted for trying to sell bottles of vodka and whisky that he had refilled with urine and even laced with faeces.

ATTORNEY UNLAWFULLY USED $400,000 OF INVESTOR FUNDS IN 2011/12

Feds bust Dallas lawyer for vodka fraud, FBI investigation continues

A Dallas lawyer who established a company to launch a vodka brand then unlawfully used investor funds for his own benefit faces steep fines and a long jail sentence after...

Anheuser-Busch settles US legal row over Japanese beer brand Kirin Ichiban

A lawyer representing US consumers accusing Anheuser-Busch of deception over the Japanese credentials, or otherwise, of Kirin Ichiban beer says he is pleased to have settled the case.

Australia

Industry unites to slam NSW's support of container recycling scheme

An alliance of industry food and beverage associations has waded into speculation that the New South Wales government will introduce a cash-for-containers recycling scheme after a Sydney newspaper reported that...