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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.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Filipino lawmakers voice support for soda tax bill

Support for a Philippines tax on sugary soft drinks to boost government coffers and rein in an increase in lifestyle is growing as legislation passes through parliament.

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One-third of Hong Kong’s foodservice drinks have excess sugar levels

A consumer watchdog has called on the foodservice industry to do more to tackle sugar consumption after a study found that one-third of the drinks served in Hong Kong outlets...

AB InBev and SABMiller deal: Public health scientists suggest ‘threat to global health’ but AB InBev pledges positive impact

The tie-up between AB InBev and SABMiller could have consequences for public health, particularly in emerging markets such as Africa, say scientists writing in the BMJ. In response, AB InBev points...

Food Matters Live

Four reasons a sugar tax ‘won’t work’: FDF boss

The near impossibility of imposing a sugar tax was one of four reasons why a tax would not limit sugar consumption or obesity, according to Food and Drink Federation (FDF)...

Britvic J2O video in hot water for failing to clearly present itself as advertising

The UK’s advertising standards watchdog says Britvic failed to clearly identify a J2O Instagram video post as advertising. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Thailand mulls action to curb extravagant soft drink promotions

Thailand’s government is considering measures to regulate the advertising of soft drinks, including green tea, which it says is behind the country’s soaring sugar consumption. 

Diabetes chief says no to NZ sugar tax

The head of a body that represents New Zealanders with diabetes has hit out at arguments that a tax on sugary products would help prevent the spread of the disease.

The curious case of energy drinks & hypokalemia

The medical case study of a man rushed to intensive care with severe potassium deficiency has brought the issue of energy drinks and hypokalemia back into the spotlight.

South African population to increase by 7 million by 2050

Eagle Product Inspection strengthens its market position in Africa

Eagle Product Inspection has partnered with J-Pak, in Africa, to distribute its x-ray inspection systems for applications including bakery, dairy, snacks, confectionery, cereals and grains.

Bibby Scientific unveils PCR-based method for wine spoilage yeast

Bibby Scientific has launched a Techne PCR-based method to detect a yeast which it says is a major cause of wine spoilage as the firm embarks on a food and...

Juice firm forced to close after FDA raises safety concerns

A juice manufacturer has been ordered to close after safety concerns raised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Counterfeit food and beverages detained jumps 50%

Foodstuffs, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages detained by EU customs authorities jumped more than 50% over a one year period.

Agilent redesigns sulfur and nitrogen detectors

Agilent Technologies has redesigned its sulfur and nitrogen chemiluminescence detectors to make the technology more reliable and easier to use.

Global Bottled Water Congress, Lisbon

Terroir, history and heritage: Protecting Europe’s natural mineral and spring waters

Europe’s bottled water industry boasts a strong cultural heritage, with natural and spring waters recognised for their purity for centuries. Protecting this positioning is as important as ever, says the...

Brewery boss backs EU membership campaign

The boss of Adnams brewery has joined food industry executives and other business leaders in backing the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) campaign in support of Britain’s EU membership....

Public Health England tells UK government: Sugar taxes do work

All the evidence shows that sugar taxes decrease purchases and curb obesity– but restricting price promotions and junkfood advertising could have an even bigger impact, concludes Public Health England's report...

Advertising watchdog upholds complaint on ‘first gin distillery’ claims

A Scottish gin distillery has come under fire for claiming it was ‘Edinburgh’s first gin distillery in over 150 years.’ 

Strongbow ad banned for suggesting alcohol is as important as personal relationships

The UK’s advertising watchdog has banned a Strongbow advert for implying that a “relationship with Strongbow was as important as a significant romantic relationship.”

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Shipments of Soylent 2.0 to resume shortly following mold probe

Soylent says it will shortly resume shipments of Soylent 2.0, the new ready-to-drink version of its flagship meal substitute, after addressing a manufacturing glitch which caused mold to grow on...

ASA ruling

Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ ad doesn’t infer health benefit, says UK watchdog

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint that a Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ advert implied the product was good for overall health.

Special Edition: Active, Intelligent Packaging

Nestlé, Krones, ChemDAQ among founding members of association

Nestlé, Solvay, Krones and ChemDAQ are founding members of an industry association to ensure the safe use of aseptic processing chemicals.

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Yakult wins Swiss probiotic health claim

Yakult has joined fellow probiotic giant Danone in winning health claims for its probiotic yoghurt drinks in Switzerland.

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FDA sounds warning on untreated juice

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against drinking untreated fruit juices.

Partnership targets spoilage organisms in juice

Invisible Sentinel has partnered with Refresco Gerber to detect spoilage organisms found in fruit juice and concentrates.

UK government rules out sugar tax

The British government has no plans to tax sugary drinks, despite an online petition receiving more than the 100,000 signatures required to spark a parliamentary debate on the issue.

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