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.

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Mars, Thermo, PACA, UC Davis, Uni of Washington and Northeastern Uni behind work

Gamers set sights on neutralizing aflatoxin

By Joseph James Whitworth

Mars, Thermo Fisher Scientific and three US universities have turned to an online game to help tackle aflatoxin.

US bakers applaud bill for harmonizing employee definition

US bakers applaud bill for harmonizing employee definition

By Douglas Yu

American Bakers Association (ABA) says the newly-proposed bill to synchronize the Fair Labor Act’s definition of ‘employee’ with that stated by federal law could benefit independent contractors in the baking industry.

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EC: 'We will now analyse China's decision and consider appropriate steps.'

No justification for China extending potato starch duties, says Starch Europe

By Niamh Michail

The European starch industry is “deeply disappointed” by the Chinese government’s decision to extend anti-subsidy duties against EU potato starch while the European Commission says it is considering appropriate steps to take.

Lotus Bakeries has withdrawn some of its products from Belgium supermarket shelves, found to contain small traces of fipronil from the use of contaminated eggs. Pic: ©iStock/studioaraminta

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Lotus Bakeries takes precautionary measures amid Fipronil scare

By Gill Hyslop

Indulgent and natural snack producer Lotus Bakeries has voluntarily recalled products that contain a slightly higher than recommended level of Fipronil from Belgium supermarket shelves, but says UK market is unaffected.