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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.

Don’t tax sugar – just sweeten the deal for healthy snacks, say campaigners

The 'Don’t tax healthy' campaign, started by OPPO ice cream, is fighting for UK tax breaks on low sugar foods, saying a system of incentives for healthy alternatives should come before penalties....

EU court of auditors attacks Commission for its failures on food waste

EU auditors said the European Commission’s efforts to tackle food waste have lacked effort, coordination, been fragmented and intermittent - and without even a real definition of food waste, in...

Can a soda tax discourage ‘go large’?

Discouraging the sale of ‘jumbo sized’ sugary drinks would have both economic and health benefits, according to a UK study led by the University of East Anglia. Policy interventions –...

New Zealand

Study lifts lid on how much alcohol branding kids see on sports TV

Kiwi viewers can be exposed to four alcoholic drinks brands every minute as they watch sport on the television, leading some children to assume that drinking alcohol was “part of...

EFET gives all clear after acid contamination threat

The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) has confirmed all ‘is back to normal’ following threats to contaminate Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta products with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

BMJ editorial: ‘Apparently Coca-Cola’s voice counts more than those of directors of public health’

Coca-Cola Christmas truck should be banned, argue public health campaigners

An editorial published in the journal BMJ this week calls for Coca-Cola’s Christmas truck to be banned as public health campaigners seek to improve children’s health. But Coca-Cola GB has...

Current controls on alcohol marketing do not protect youth, argue public health experts: but industry defends self-regulation

Young people are exposed to ‘extensive alcohol marketing’ and governments around the world need to strengthen rules, say public health experts, as a supplement on the subject is published in...

New food safety and hygiene course for drinks manufacturers

Appetite Learning has launched a new course, Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Drinks Manufacturers, a course specifically tailored to the beverage industry.

Australia

Kids following 'European model' three times less likely to binge drink

Children given sips of alcohol by their parents are much more likely to be drinking full measures by 16, but less likely to binge drink, according to a study of...

Sugar-free drinks no better for weight control, argue researchers

Artificially-sweetened beverages (ASB) do not contribute to weight loss and may even be part of the overall obesity problem, researchers claim. 

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta in acid contamination scare

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta have withdrawn products in a region of Greece after a group threatened to contaminate them with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

India

FSSAI orders energy drinks to comply to regulations

India’s food regulator is gearing up to impose a limit on caffeine contained in energy drinks. From July 1, manufacturers will be compelled to comply with FSSAI regulations, according to...

Europe’s Plan B: The ‘Common Food Policy’

An independent think tank, IPES, has been set up to advise the EU and work towards creating a common food policy that would create a sustainable, healthy and profitable food...

Dispatches from the #SNC16 congress in Frankfurt

Could energy drinks be cut out of the EU caffeine claim loop?

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is lobbying for two different solutions to the EU caffeine claim hold up, one of which could see use of the claims limited to...

News in brief

Bruker acquires Active Spectrum Micro-ESR Business

Bruker has acquired a manufacturer of benchtop micro-ESR (Electron Spin Resonance) spectroscopy systems used for applied and industrial applications.

‘Health benefits of UK’s sugar tax will depend on industry’: Lancet study

The impact on public health of the UK's sugar tax will depend on industry's response to it, according to the authors of a Lancet study. If firms choose to cut...

Guest article

Beyond Brexit: Five legal issues UK food firms need to protect against in 2017

The year ahead will present UK food companies with a range of major legal challenges over and above the fallout from Brexit, according to leading food industry lawyer Peter Cusick.

2016: The year of the sugar tax

Debate around sugar taxes has hit the limelight this year, with the controversial topic grabbing headlines around the globe.  

This week Down Under

Civil group accuses anti-sugar lobby of ‘post-truth virtue-signalling’

A New Zealand taxpayers’ lobby group has accused those who are pushing for a tax on sugary drinks tax of “post-truth virtue-signalling”, citing evidence that many of their claims are...

Norwegian food industry agrees to aid government in promoting healthy food

A coalition of major food industry bodies have made a pact with the Norwegian government to help improve public health by reducing high fat, sugary and salty foods (HFFS).

Industry backs ban of online junk food ads for children

Industry has given its support to a new ruling by the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) on marketing junk food to children that will increase restrictions to cover non-broadcast media, including...

News in brief

Shanghai Food Safety Federation visits Döhler

The Shanghai Food Safety Federation has visited Döhler’s Asia-Pacific headquarters.

Spain and Estonia to tax sugary drinks

Spain and Estonia are the latest EU countries to announce plans for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Irish 'FoodCloud' app aims to end food waste

An app connecting the food industry with charities is attempting to eradicate food waste by redirecting surplus produce.

'Significant players have acted to accelerate reformulation; others need to be more ambitious and move faster'

UK sugar tax: Government encourages further reformulation as draft legislation published

The UK government is pushing ahead with its soft drinks industry levy, saying that the impending legislation is already encouraging producers to reformulate their drinks. 

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