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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.

Safe sipping: Juice Tyme lands GFSI safety certification

Beverage producer Juice Tyme has received Food Safety System Certification 22000 from benchmarking group the Global Food Safety Initiative.

Southeast Asia

Indonesia considering new labeling rules for alcoholic beverages

The Indonesian government is considering new labeling regulations for manufacturers of alcoholic beverages in a bid to lower the number of consumers of alcohol in the country.

News in brief

Caramel colors: FDA to unveil survey data on 4-MEI levels in foods & beverages in August

The FDA will unveil the findings of a survey designed to provide a more accurate picture of exposure levels to 4-MEI (4-Methylimidazole) in August. 

Niagara Bottling taps into safety software

Niagara Bottling, a bottled water producer, is incorporating quality management software to increase the safety at its plant.

‘Not an efficient use of public money’: EU auditor slams €1.16bn wine fund

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) says specific investment and promotion funds for EU wine is not justified and argues that money is often used to consolidate markets not penetrate...

Acrylamide may increase cancer risk, says EFSA opinion

A draft EFSA opinion has “confirmed previous evaluations” that dietary intake of acrylamide may increase the risk of developing cancer for consumers. 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SIMON SPILLANE, BREWERS OF EUROPE (BRUSSELS PRESS CLUB)

‘Stop US tax discrimination against small EU brewers!’: Brewers of Europe

Brewers of Europe insists that ending 'discriminatory' tax breaks on small EU brewers exporting to the US remain a vital issue in ongoing talks around the Transatlantic Trade & Investment...

CSPI calls for warning letters on energy drinks, but are the numbers accurate?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to require warning labels on energy drink containers notifying consumers of the risk of...

Dispatches from EFSA plenary, Parma

Clarity please! Says industry at EFSA discussion on caffeine safety

Energy drink association asks EFSA to aim for precision after an open NDA panel discussion on a draft caffeine safety opinion provides more questions than answers.

Bloomberg’s big soda cap is dead

New York’s highest court has refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limit on the sale of large sugary beverages, effectively killing the city’s final appeal. 

£73,000 bill for ‘appalling’ safety at packaging firm

A firm that makes plastic food packaging has been ordered to pay more than £73,000, after its “appalling” safety standards led to a worker’s injury.

EDC exposure could be costing €31bn per year - HEAL

Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (ECDs) may be costing up to €31bn per year in the European Union (EU), according to the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).

BPA and phthalate exposure revealed in pregnant Canadian women

Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalate exposure among pregnant women is comparable to or lower than what was found in a Canadian national population-based survey.

VANI HARI TELLS BEVERAGE DAILY: 'I DON'T RESPOND TO NAME CALLING'

Food Babe under fire for beer campaign: Scientist sniffs at ‘Jenny McCarthy of food’

Celebrity surgeon and ‘beer snob’ David Gorski has attacked ‘Food Babe’ Vani Hari for peddling pseudoscience as a ‘young, telegenic, clever but scientifically ignorant blogger’ attacking Miller Coors and AB...

News in brief

Attorney: First round to POM at the Supreme Court, but don't expect the floodgates to open...

POM Wonderful scored a big win on Thursday after the Supreme Court gave it the green light to sue juice rival Coca-Cola for false advertising. But don't expect the floodgates to...

Friends of the Earth will 'edit' erroneous Pepsi and Coke mentions out of nano ingredient report

Friends of the Earth tells BeverageDaily.com it will edit its headline-grabbing report claiming that nano-ingredients are used in beverages by Coke and Pepsi to reflect its innocent usage of data...

SCIENTIST INSISTS PEN NANO INVENTORY 'MISREPRESENTED' STUDY CONCLUSIONS

PepsiCo, Coke deny using 'potentially dangerous' nano-sized titanium dioxide

PepsiCo and Coke insist they do not use titanium dioxide in SoBe and Powerade drinks after a controversial report warned they use the colorant in a 'potentially dangerous' nano-sized form.

ANHEUSER-BUSCH STILL PURSUING FORMER OPS DIRECTOR CLAIMING TO BE WHISTLEBLOWER

Judge throws out watered-down Budweiser beer fraud claims against Anheuser-Busch

A US judge has dismissed class action claims that Anheuser-Busch routinely watered-down US beer brands including Budweiser to misrepresent alcohol levels and boost profits.

Ooh Ah Cantona's not gone too far! 'No red faces over Kronenbourg 1664 U-turn', ASA

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has committed an embarrassing U-turn after reversing a February decision that rapped two adverts for Kronenbourg 1664 beer featuring former Manchester United soccer star...

BUT ARE BEVERAGES BEING MADE AN UNFAIR SCAPEGOAT FOR US OBESITY EPIDEMIC?

46% obesity by 2030: Horrific vision drives California added-sugar soda strike

The horrifying prospect of a 46% obesity rate by 2030 has pushed California state senators to approve a bill requiring brands to slap safety warnings on sugar-sweetened beverages from July 2015.

‘Objective Zero’: EU spirits sector tackles underage drinking

The EU spirits industry has highlighted its commitment to fighting underage drinking and promoting moderate consumption for young adults, after a Brussels workshop last Friday.

Smirnoff faked by the IRA? Irish police raid moonshine racket

Irish police have seized equipment that reportedly forms part of an IRA fake vodka production racket running for more than two decades that copies brands including Smirnoff.

ASA: “Our referrals to Trading Standards are a clear warning to those who won’t stick to the rules that they face the prospect of legal sanctions. And these are just the first referrals"

Getting heavy: ASA refers health claim abusers to Trading Standards for first time

The UK advertising watchdog has referred two UK supplement makers to enforcement authorities for, “persistent misleading advertising health claims in breach of the Advertising Code.” More are set to follow, it said,...

JUICE AND SMOOTHIE FIRM: 'GAVIN'S DEATH WAS A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY, A SOURCE OF UTMOST REGRET'

Dead engineer's dad blasts Gerber Juice: 'Management involved...didn't have a clue what was going on'

The father of a young engineer who was killed by falling pipework during the botched decommissioning of a Gerber Juice factory in South Wales, UK, has attacked the managers responsible,...

News in brief

Tragic Kenya fake alcohol deaths show bootleg liquor problem

spiritsEUROPE says the tragic deaths of 80+ people in Kenya who drank bootleg spirits reportedly poisoned with methanol show why the large-scale problem of illicit alcohol should be tackled.