UK threatens mandatory alcohol labelling
A UK government report has criticised the drinks industry for failing to adhere with a voluntary agreement to introduce better alcohol labelling.
Nationwide soda tax proposal fizzles out
09-Feb-2010 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The prospect of a national tax on soft drinks has been effectively quashed for the time being as a key congressional committee has refused to consider such a levy, according to a report in the LA Times.
Red Bull reacts to German opinion on energy shots
Energy shots are safe if used according to instructions, says Red Bull, as the German risk assessor BfR calls for a ban on energy shots because consumers could not be trusted to drink ‘safe’ amounts.
Study links energy drinks to heart attack risk
09-Feb-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Energy drink consumption has been linked to heart attack risk in a newly published study, but Red Bull claims the research is old and the results would be no different for a cup of coffee.
Soft Drinks Association slams pancreatic cancer study
Soft drinks are safe and not a risk factor for cancer, says the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) in response to yesterday’s study from an Asian population.
Soft drinks may increase pancreatic cancer risk
08-Feb-2010 By Stephen Daniells
Drinking two or more soft drinks per week may double the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, suggests the first study of its kind in an Asian population.
Coca-Cola faces mercury poisoning cases in China
04-Feb-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Coca-Cola brand Sprite has been caught up in a Chinese investigation into two cases of alleged mercury poisoning.
Germans call for energy shot ban
04-Feb-2010 By Shane Starling
German health authorities have issued a 14-page statement warning against over-consumption of energy shots – one of the fastest growing segments of the international beverages market.
Sugar vs HFCS: What's in a name?
28-Jan-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
A consumer group has accused the Sugar Association of playing “confusing word games” in pursuit of a narrow commercial agenda.
Food nutrition labels fail to impress European consumers
27-Jan-2010 By Mike Stones
Less than one-third of European consumers look for nutrition labels when shopping, according to a new study by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) published in the Journal of Public Health.
France ups Reb A limits for food
19-Jan-2010 By Jess Halliday
The French government has approved the use of stevia sweetener Reb A in table top sweeteners, and raised the levels at which it can be used in a range of no added sugar food and beverage products.
$2m weight loss ruling sends warning to bogus claim makers
13-Jan-2010 By Shane Starling
The recent federal district court ruling that has ordered a company to pay $2m to the Federal Trade Commisssion (FTC) for making misleading weight loss claims will act as “road map” in the sector, according to a veteran claims attorney.
MPs attack industry in call for alcohol policy overhaul
12-Jan-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
A committee of British politicians has attacked drinks industry lobbying and called for higher duty on spirits and tighter advertising controls.
Mississippi to consider soda tax
Mississippi state representative John Mayo has introduced legislation to tax the syrup used to sweeten soda at a distribution level, according to local reports.
Study says alcoholic energy drinks pose 'serious risks'
14-Dec-2009 By Guy Montague-Jones
A new study in Behavioral Neuroscience has warned that there are “serious risks” associated with mixing caffeine and alcohol.
Bisphenol A becomes test of leadership for FDA
14-Dec-2009 By Rory Harrington
Each day the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dithers in delivering its verdict on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA), its authority is diminished and its credibility wanes.
Can makers hit back at ring pull safety study
The Can Manufacturers Institute says it is mystified by a recent study that questioned the safety of stay tabs on drink cans.
Brewers attack new EU alcohol strategy
07-Dec-2009 By Guy Montague-Jones
EU health ministers have agreed to Swedish recommendations that member states should consider price increases and advertising bans to combat alcohol-related harm.
Unilever recalls 10m tainted slimming drinks
07-Dec-2009 By Rory Harrington
Unilever has recalled an estimated 10 million cans of its Slim-Fast ready-to-drink (RTD) products in North America on fears they could be infected with a bug that causes diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.
Regular cola drinking linked to diabetes in pregnancy, says study
01-Dec-2009 By Guy Montague-Jones
New research suggests that women who drink sugary cola drinks regularly could be at higher risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy.
Court rules against ‘cannabis’ trademark for beverages
30-Nov-2009 By Guy Montague-Jones
A European court has ruled that ‘cannabis’ cannot be used as a trademark for certain drinks but the decision is only partly influenced by any drug associations.
Drink can ring pulls may still be unsafe, says study
30-Nov-2009 By Guy Montague-Jones
New research has questioned the safety of beverage can stay-tabs suggesting that they may not be a significant improvement on old-fashioned pull-tabs.
24-Nov-2009 By Guy Montague-Jones
New UK legislation protecting Scotch whisky makers, including a requirement to only bottle Single Malts in Scotland, has come into force.
FDA examines caffeinated alcoholic drinks
16-Nov-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked nearly 30 beverage manufacturers to provide information showing that their caffeinated alcoholic drinks are safe.
04-Nov-2009 By Rory Harrington
The use of bisphenol A (BPA) in can linings is both safe and vital for food protection, a host of industry bodies and companies have said in rejecting the conclusions of a report calling for a ban on the chemical.
There’s gold to be found in them health claims mountains, but prospectors from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) must be happy with the little chunks that add up to a lot, and stop searching for nuggets the size of your fist.
Obesity Society urged to dismiss soda tax
28-Oct-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The Center for Consumer Freedom has urged attendees of the Obesity Society’s annual meeting to consider obesity a matter of personal responsibility rather than an issue to be regulated by government.
Ruling confirms recycling deposit on New York bottled water
27-Oct-2009 By Guy Montague-Jones
All bottled water sold in New York State must include a 5 cent recycling deposit from 31 October following a court filing late last week.
Tackling E.coli – legislation or self-regulation?
26-Oct-2009 By Rory Harrington
Everybody wants food to be safe - but the recent slugging match over how best to protect US consumers from E.coli-tainted meat highlights whether legislation or self-regulation is the answer to mending the country's flawed safety system.