France ups Reb A limits for food
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked nearly 30 beverage manufacturers to provide information showing that their caffeinated alcoholic drinks are safe.
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.