Regulation & Safety

The Portuguese government is proposing a new salt tax next year, on top of its sugar and alcohol taxes. Pic: ©GettyImages/SeanPavonePhoto

Portugal plans tax attack on salty snacks in 2018

By Gill Hyslop

Portugal’s State Budget proposal for 2018 proposes a new tax on foods that have a high salt content – including potato chips, cereals and crackers – in an effort to curb the nation’s unhealthy consumption patterns.

©iStock/FamVeld. The move expands the ban from just polycarbonate infant feeding bottles

EU bans BPA in packaging for 0-3 year olds

By Joseph James Whitworth

The European Commission has tightened the rules around bisphenol A (BPA) by banning it in the manufacture of packaging for infants and young children 0-3 years.

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This week Down Under

Alcohol group slams attempt to ‘create crisis’ over sports ads

By RJ Whitehead

The Australian drinks industry has accused an alcohol awareness group of “attempting to create a crisis where none exists” after it called for TV ads promoting alcohol to be phased out at times when children were likely to be watching sports broadcasts.

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SORS used to detect markers of fake spirits

By Joseph James Whitworth

A handheld spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) device has been used to detect fake spirits by researchers at The University of Manchester.

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Meth found in 7up bottles in Mexican city

By Joseph James Whitworth

Some bottles of 7up in Mexicali, Mexico were contaminated with methamphetamine and have been linked to one death and seven illnesses, according to officials.

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Hong Kong resists sugar tax calls

By RJ Whitehead

Hong Kong authorities favour adopting health awareness schemes over introducing a tax on sugar to limit consumption.

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