Regulation & Safety

Choice’s ‘sneaky politics’ is what's really misleading consumers

Liquid breakfast row: Soapbox

Choice’s ‘sneaky politics’ is what's really misleading consumers

By Katherine Rich, chief executive of the NZ Food & Grocery Council

Recently Choice, the consumer activist group from Australia, accused a number of Australian and New Zealand food manufacturers of making allegedly "shonky" health claims (see details and reaction here) and telling "furphies" about...

The European Parliament will vote on PARNUTS changes on June 11

EU Parliament set for June 11 vote on PARNUTS reform

By Shane STARLING

The long-awaited reform of EU rules governing ‘special’ foods like baby and gluten-free foods, is imminent with a June 11 vote to mandate the changes – and most stakeholders satisfied with the likely ratification.

Time for mandatory folic acid fortification to go truly global?

Special edition: Battling malnutrition

Time for mandatory folic acid fortification to go truly global?

By Shane Starling

Food fortification with neural tube defect (NTD)-reducing folic acid is mandatory in 75 nations, but concerns over cancer and other health issues mean Europe lags far behind  – a situation that needs to change and quickly, says DSM thinktank, sightandlife.

EU to ban flavouring compound

EU to ban flavouring compound

The European Commission and member states have voted to ban a flavouring compound, following an EFSA opinion on its safety published last week, which found that the ingredient was of concern.

EFSA finds flavouring substance safety concern

EFSA finds flavouring substance safety concern

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that a flavouring compound used to give a burnt, nutty flavour to confectionery, baked goods and some savoury products is a safety concern for human health.

EU health claims evolution: New submission behaviours

EU health claims evolution: A submission rethink

By Nigel Baldwin

Now that the dust has settled on the health claims submission process we should all be very clear on the rules of engagement. Well kind of, says Nigel Baldwin, chief consultant in Intertek’s European office.

The position paper comes on the heels of Denmark scrapping its soft drink tax

Industry calls on EU governments to reject food taxes

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

EU governments should refrain from ‘discriminatory’ food taxes and take a more holistic approach to obesity prevention, according to a joint position paper from FoodDrinkEurope and trade union organisation EFFAT.

Most consumers don't know what EFSA is, experts find

Most consumers don't know what EFSA is, experts find

By Nathan Gray

Almost no German consumers know about the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), or understand the role it has in the approval of health claims for functional food products, according to experts.

Could the WTO overturn EU health claim laws?

Could the WTO overturn EU health claim laws?

By Shane Starling from Brussels

Aggrieved companies and  trade groups have already mounted legal actions against the EU’s strict health claim laws – they are in process – but the regulation’s workings could face fresh challenge from governments signed up to the World Trade Organization...

UK watchdog: 95% of online advertising is compliant

UK watchdog: 95% of online advertising is compliant

By Shane STARLING

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has found 95% of 120 websites assessed in various sectors including fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) are compliant with its code of practice.

The HSE identified guard problems

Man loses fingers in grain milling accident

By Rod Addy

A Northamptonshire grain firm has been fined after an employee lost three fingers and a thumb on the blades of a running mixer in another accident involving inadequately guarded machinery.

EU health claim laws strip consumers of right ‘to share in scientific development’: Author

“Advancements made in nutritional science and the benefits produced by foods and foodstuffs may no longer be shared with consumers by those who procure the foods and foodstuffs."

EU health claim laws strip consumers of right ‘to share in scientific development’: Author

By Shane Starling

The European Union nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) denies consumers of the right to scientific advancement in nutrition, says outspoken Dutch writer and NHCR opponent, Bert Schwitters.

EU margarine industry sets stricter trans fat standards

EU margarine industry sets stricter trans fat standards

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The trade association representing margarine and vegetable fats makers in the EU has tightened its Code of Conduct for the third time since 1995, in an effort to reduce trans fat levels in foods and fats at retail.

Ikea cake recalled due to possible human waste contamination

Ikea cake recalled due to faecal contamination

By Joseph James Whitworth

Ikea has stopped the sale of two affected batches of chocolate and butterscotch almond cake over fears it might be  contaminated with fecal matter.

Dakota Speciality Milling says it is currently investigating its processing and equipment

Flour recall hits major US brands

Knock-on effect: US flour recall sifts through industry

By Kacey Culliney

A US flour and grain blend recall has hit major brands including Frito-Lay and Mondelez and forced widespread precautionary recalls on snacks, cereal and biscuit products.

Around the world in numerous food labeling ways

Around the world in numerous food labeling ways

By Shane Starling

Smart food labelling must emphasise good science and careful thought about consumer impact, the European Food Information Council has concluded after completing an exhaustive global survey.

Companies fixed prices, capacity, and market share the case found

German flour cartel slammed down with €41m fines

By Kacey Culliney

German cartel office Bundeskartellamt has closed a lengthy case and imposed fines against over 20 flour mills for anti-competitive behavior including price fixing, customer allocation and market sharing agreements.

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