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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.

Sales of sugar-containing sports drinks facing a ban in some of Australia's leisure centres

Stopping sales of 'unhealthy soft drinks' in Australian sports centres leads to increases in purchases of healthier beverages and the same level of total dollar transactions, claims new research, with...

Sugar tax confusion could hit sales of confectionery, biscuits and cakes

Brits are completely baffled by the country’s planned new levy on sugar-sweetened drinks, with many believing it covers food as well.

Energy drink 'risk' revealed for teenagers with genetic heart disease

Caffeinated energy drinks can trigger serious cardiac events in young people with a genetic heart disease, Australian researchers claim.

NEWS IN BRIEF

PepsiCo issues soda recall in Michigan due to metal contamination from equipment malfunction

PepsiCo and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) have issued a recall of specific 16.9 ounce Pepsi soda due to metal contamination after consumers reported a “metallic taste.”

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Mettler-Toledo Safeline debuts four enhancements on its metal detection systems

Mettler-Toledo introduced four enhancements on its Safeline metal detection systems at Interpack.

Santa Fe rejects soda tax

Santa Fe voters yesterday rejected a tax on sugar sweetened beverages in the city.

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Minebea Intec continues to expand foreign body detection products

Minebea Intec continues to expand its foreign body detection products launching Dymond Bulk X-ray inspection system.

Knauer osmometer for quality control of aqueous samples

Knauer has launched an osmometer for quality control of aqueous samples.

Proprietary energy blends may cause heightened effects

Energy drinks trigger ‘life threatening’ heart activity, study suggests

The consumption of caffeinated energy drinks results in significant changes to heart function and blood pressure when compared to other drinks containing the same caffeine content.

Operation Opson: Counterfeit alcohol tops list

Nearly 26 million litres of fake alcohol has been seized as part of an INTERPOL-Europol operation.

Vicam test detects Ochratoxin A in coffee and wheat

Vicam has launched a lateral flow strip test for detection of ochratoxin A in green coffee and wheat.

Berkeley soda tax: Volume of SSBs sold decreased by 9.6% in first year, says study

The volume of sugar sweetened beverages sold in Berkeley declined by 9.6% in the year following implementation of a soda tax, showing the tax is ‘working as intended’, according to...

Aussie alcohol-reduction campaign found to be 'world’s most effective'

A graphic advertisement showing how alcohol can work its way through the bloodstream and increase the risk of cancer has proved to be the most persuasive commercial of its type. ...

Loy-Lange Box explosion contained 330°F hot water at speeds of 120mph

An explosion which killed four people at Loy-Lange Box Co. involved a water tank which contained 330°F hot water, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has confirmed.

Counterfeit alcohol consumption not just due to low prices - study

Previous work has overestimated the impact of low prices on counterfeit alcohol consumption, according to a Russian study.

AkzoNobel pilot project to track bio-based raw materials

‘Despite growing attention for sustainability, we still cannot track bio-based raw materials’

AkzoNobel, Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co. (ABT) and EY, have launched an online tool that can track the use of bio-based raw materials in products.

HACCP a ‘foundational pillar’ of safety and quality management system – Coca Cola

HACCP requirements and documentation are ‘foundational pillars’ of the food safety and quality management system, according to an expert at Coca-Cola HBC.

Four dead after hot water tank explodes at Loy-Lange Box Co.

Four people have died after a hot water storage tank exploded through the roof of Loy-Lange Box Company in Saint Louis, Missouri, US.

Palm oil and cocoa commitments undermined by poor regulation

Food manufacturers are struggling to tackle deforestation because of failures by governments both at home and overseas, according to candid interviews with a number of high-profile firms.

Looming GCC sugar tax could be expanded to include food

Companies will not shoulder the increased cost of a selective tax that could increase the price of soft drinks by half once it is introduced in six Gulf countries.

South Africa beverage industry calls for ‘effective anti-obesity solution’ in response to revised sugar tax proposal

With South Africa’s sugar tax put back until later this year, the Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) is calling on the government to involve all parties in developing ‘an...

WHO set new standards for monitoring junk food ads aimed at children

The World Health Organisation has released guidelines for a new Europe-wide investigation into junk food ads aimed at children.

MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker...

Coca-Cola investigating ‘human waste’ claims

An investigation has been launched after reported findings of ‘human waste’ in Coca-Cola cans in a factory in Northern Ireland.

France's food waste ban: One year on

Has the French system of penalties for supermarkets wasting surplus food really worked? 

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