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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.

20 teaspoons of sugar in an energy drink: Campaign group calls for ban of sales to U16s

Thought soft drinks were sugary? Look at energy drinks! says Action on Sugar

Energy drinks contain up to 20 teaspoons of sugar per 500ml serving – more than three times the maximum adult daily intake of free sugars a day, according to research...

'ALL MALTA GOYA PRODUCTS MEET FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS'

Goya Foods slams 'outdated, inaccurate' 4-MEI figures in soft drinks study

Goya Foods has hit back at a study on the safety of 4-MEI in soft drinks by John Hopkins researchers, insisting that the team's data on the caramel color byproduct...

Firms turning to social media to manage product recall fallout

Interactive social media decreases the negative market reaction to product recalls compared to firms who do not use the platform, according to a study.

PepsiCo hits back at ‘out-of-date’ cancer risk study

PepsiCo has hit back at a cancer risk study, which linked caramel coloring byproduct 4-MEI to ‘avoidable and unnecessary’ cancer risk.

ABA HITS BACK: 'CARAMEL COLORING HAS BEEN USED FOR DECADES AND IS SAFE'

Study suggests 4-MEI in soft drinks presents 'avoidable and unnecessary' cancer risk

Soft drink consumers are exposed to an ‘avoidable and unnecessary’ cancer risk through caramel coloring byproduct 4-MEI, say the authors of a new US study that found comparatively high levels...

Hundreds of bottles of fake Glen’s Vodka seized

Hundreds of fake bottles of Glen’s Vodka on sale in England and Scotland have been seized by enforcement officers.

‘You’re giving us one hell of a corporate wedgie!’ Virginia craft brewer slams 'bullying' Red Bull

Virginia craft brewery Old Ox Brewery has accused Red Bull of bully boy tactics as the energy drinks giant presses on with a trademark action to try and force it...

Operation Opson IV was a joint Interpol and Europol investigation

Thousands of tonnes of fake food and drink seized

More than 2,500 tonnes of counterfeit and illicit food have been seized in 47 countries as part of a joint Interpol and Europol operation.

Comment

First things first Europe: Set pan-EU max limit for caffeine

Europe must push for united mandatory upper caffeine limits for all products with added caffeine if it is to counter current member state disparity. 

Parmalat recalls apple juice contaminated with cleaning fluid

Parmalat South Africa has recalled its apple juice after customer complaints prompted tests which found contamination with cleaning fluid.

Energy drinks increase hyperactivity in children: Study

Children who drink sweetened energy drinks are 66% more likely to be at risk from hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, according to a study in the journal Academic Pediatrics. 

Candy tax proposed in Connecticut

A levy on high-calorie confectionery and soft drinks is being considered in Connecticut as a means to tackle childhood obesity.

report calls for tighter regulations on alcohol advertising

Strewth mate! Children are more familiar with Foster’s than ice-cream and biscuit brands

Children are more familiar with alcohol brands such as Foster’s than leading brands of biscuits, crisps, and ice-cream, according to a report from Alcohol Concern in England and Scotland. ...

Ban energy drink sales to under 18s and energy shots completely, says Foodwatch Germany

The sale of caffeinated energy drinks to under 18s and energy shots in general should not be allowed, according to the German branch of consumer protection group Foodwatch.

“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.

Breast Cancer UK, Chem Trust, ANSES, BPF, FDF, ACC, PlasticsEurope and others

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...

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