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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.

Bestherbs Coffee recall after undeclared ingredient similar to Viagra

Bestherbs Coffee has issued a voluntary recall of its New Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found it contained undeclared active pharmaceutical...

FDE: Act now before Commission considers maximum levels

Mandatory acrylamide action could be in place by spring 2018

An EU vote backing the Commission's proposal to reduce acrylamide in food and drink could see mandatory mitigation action and benchmark levels in place by spring next year, with maximum levels...

GE Bevpak water treatment targets beverage processing

GE Water & Process Technologies has launched Bevpak, a UF+RO (ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis) system which treats water for contaminants when producing beverages.

Tax big but spend wisely, finds research on sugar levies

Health taxes that add 20% to the price of products are likely to be effective, but policymakers need to be transparent about where revenues end up, according to new research.

Kombucha manufacturers must improve labeling compliance to reach full sales potential

Growing demand for products that support gut health is fueling rapid growth in sales of fermented beverages, but for kombucha to hold on to its pole position in the category...

Cook County soda tax temporarily stalled after resistance from retailers over ‘vague’ rules

The circuit court of Cook County, Illinois, has temporarily blocked a penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax originally set to go into effect on July 1, 2017.

Odwalla under fire: Is it safe to make 'no added sugar' claims on 100% juice products?

Can you make 'no added sugar' claims on 100% juice products? It all depends on how you interpret a line in the FDA regulations, says a California court, which has...

Estonia gives green light to tax sugared soft drinks

The Estonian Parliament are to introduce a levy to limit the consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks to try to rein in rising cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease...

Estonia sugar drink tax includes dairy and plant-based beverages

At an extraordinary session of Estonia’s government, the Riigikogu, last week, 15 new Acts were passed, including a sugar tax that includes dairy beverages.

Sugar tax study: compelling evidence to carry out 'fascinating experiment in public health policy'

Overweight and obese children tend to drink more sugar-sweetened drinks than those of normal weight, making a “compelling case” for taxing the beverages, according to researchers in Ireland.

Macb investigating quality issue in flavoured water

Consumers have been urged not to drink macb flavoured water due to a ‘quality issue’.

VK Facebook advert banned for ‘promoting unwise drinking styles’

A Facebook ad for alcoholic beverage VK has been banned, after the UK’s advertising standards watchdog upheld complaints that it was socially irresponsible and promoted unwise drinking styles. 

Method to detect pesticide residues in non-alcoholic beverages

Researchers have developed a method which has a ‘strong promise’ for regulatory monitoring and commercial analysis of pesticide residues in non-alcoholic beverages.

Three dead in corn mill explosion

Three people have died and a dozen injured after an explosion at a corn mill in Wisconsin, US.

Seattle City Council passes soda tax

Seattle City Council has voted to levy a tax on soda and sugar sweetened beverages, joining other US cities such as Philadelphia and Berkeley.

Cott: UV systems provide us with insurance before bottling

Cott Beverages is using Hanovia UV disinfection technology to treat process water used in the production process.

Seattle soda tax moves to final vote after dropping diet soda from proposed plan

The proposed Seattle, Washington, soda tax has moved forward to a final vote after city council members approved the ordinance 6-2 but agreed to exclude a tax on diet soda...

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.”

Interpack 2017

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.

Interpack 2017

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.

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