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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.

No natural pictures to depict artificial flavours, rules German court

Manufacturers should be wary of using pictures to depict artificial flavourings, warn food lawyers as a German court ruling sets a new precedent for misleading marketing....

Ex-education director takes DG SANTE top spot

Xavier Prats Monne is to become the new general director of the European Commission’s health and food safety unit, DG SANTE, a position he takes on after the resignation of Paola Testori...

Rum deal: Brazil fights for global recognition of its sugar cane spirit cachaça

Brazil and Mexico have signed a declaration calling for the mutual recognition of cachaça and tequila as two distinct and genuine products.

French BPA ban referred to Constitutional Court

PlasticsEurope has welcomed the Conseil d´État’s decision to refer the case around the French law suspending the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials to the Constitutional Court....

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Niagara Bottling recalls E.coli contaminated water

Niagara Bottling is recalling bottled water due to concerns that one of its spring sources is contaminated with E. coli.

Powdered alcohol faces U.S. prohibition calls in consumer poll

A national poll by has found over half of U.S. consumers favor a ban on powdered alcohol on concerns it promotes underage drinking, but the manufacturers say it’s safer than...

Judge to FDA: When are you going to make a decision on evaporated cane juice labeling?

A federal judge in California has asked the FDA whether it is planning to clarify its position on evaporated cane juice (ECJ) labeling any time soon as confusion over whether...

10 new faces as EFSA names health claims panel for 2015-2018

The NDA panel will feature 10 new faces for the health claims panel’s next three years as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced changes today.

Lawyer: EU’s on-hold caffeine claims are usable

Five caffeine health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) but not yet EU-approved as industry, consumer and government stakeholders debate concerns, are in use anyway.

NGOs resign from EU health forum with ‘deep concerns’ about alcohol-related harm and effectiveness of industry commitments

More than 20 health bodies have resigned from the EU Alcohol and Health Forum, saying the European Commission is ignoring calls to develop a new EU Alcohol Strategy.

KeVita proposes 'Verified Non Alcoholic' logo to reassure shoppers kombucha is below legal alcohol limit

Tens of thousands of kombucha bottles were pulled from US shelves in 2010 after it emerged they exceeded the 0.5% legal alcohol limit, so you’d assume products on shelf today...

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BEUC calls for caffeine claim ban following EFSA opinion

With the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) caffeine safety opinion finally published yesterday, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has called now for the ‘obvious conclusions’ to be drawn....

Sweden to expand mandatory vitamin D fortification

The Swedish National Food Agency (NFA) has proposed an extension of the products subject to mandatory vitamin D fortification.

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‘Cool is a big word’ Heineken on making moderation trendy

Responsible drinking should not be promoted defensively, but treated in a way that is progressive, proactive, and an intrinsic part of a brand, says Heineken.

ASA ruling

Healthy water slugged over claims abuse

Scotland-based supplement and infused water distributor Water for Health  (WFH) has been censored by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making non-authorised immunity and other claims for chlorella and other infusions...

Wrong said reg: Claims too sexy for NHCR

‘Bloody marvellous?’ ASA pulls beetroot blood claims from Juice Garden

An online UK juice, smoothie and healthy food merchant has fallen foul of the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over blood cleansing and other claims for some of its juices.

EFSA opinion wrap: Pomegranate, carob, coffee rejected. Vitamin D approved

Claim chill: EFSA rejects probiotics for immunity, defecation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected probiotic dossiers from Canadian firm Lallemand Health Solutions (immunity) and Italian player Synbiotec (defecation) in a batch of opinions published today.

Food and drink firms should 'beware bribery threat'

Manufacturers must take the threat of bribery more seriously by putting in place measures to safeguard against it, a legal expert has advised. The warning comes as new figures suggest...

Industry takes first steps to establish standard of identity for maple water

A clear standard of identity for maple water would provide clarity for the industry and consumers in this new – but rapidly growing - category, say stakeholders, although there are...

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California soda warning bill dies in committee

A bill proposing warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages that would alert shoppers in California to the risk of diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay, has died in the committee stage.

MEPs adopt EU alcohol resolution

MEPs adopted a resolution on calorie content of alcoholic drinks yesterday, a move welcomed by industry and stakeholders across Europe who hope it will spur the Commission into legislating.

Science agency affirms safety at 400 mg daily for adults

EFSA adopts caffeine opinion

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted its opinion on the safe consumption of caffeine with little change to its controversial draft after a heated debate period.

Methanol poisoning from gin kills 19 in Nigeria

The ‘mystery disease’ which has killed 19 people in Nigeria has been linked to local gin contaminated with methanol, according to the Ministry of Health.

‘A powerful triumvirate of sport, alcohol and social media is emerging,’ say researchers

Brands are using social media to ‘normalise’ alcohol consumption as an integral part of a sporting experience, according to a study from Australia’s Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.

“A good week” - for whom? Context helps clear Diageo’s Guinness tweet

A tweet from Diageo GB, which featured a photo of its Guinness brewery gates in Dublin, has been cleared by the UK advertising watchdog after Alcohol Concern alleged it was...

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