Regulation & Safety

Man loses fingers in grain milling accident

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.

Germany queries anthraquinone amid cancer fears

Germany queries anthraquinone amid cancer fears

By Rod Addy

Fears about food contact material anthraquinone’s carcinogenic properties have prompted Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) to drop it from its recommended list for food packaging substances.

Employee loses thumb at crisp factory

Employee loses thumb at crisp factory

By Rod Addy

A crisp manufacturer has been fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs after a man lost his thumb in an unguarded machine at its factory in Crumlin, Newport, Wales.

Weetos are not a high fat, sugar or salt food, according to the FSA

ASA rejects Weetos advertising complaints

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has rejected complaints that Weetos advertisements encourage poor nutritional habits and an unhealthy lifestyle for children.

EU novel foods wrap: Clubmoss, omega-3 oils and zeaxanthin

EU novel foods wrap: Clubmoss, omega-3 oils and zeaxanthin

The UK Food Standards Agency is assessing two novel food applications for clubmoss sporopollenin shell extracts and a novel omega-3 and omega-6 oil; while DSM is lauding the official EU recognition of nature-identical zeaxanthin.

Bühler invests in optical sorting at new centre

Bühler invests in optical sorting at new centre

By Rod Addy

Bühler Sortex has invested in the latest optical sorting technology as part of the facilities at the customer service centre it plans to open on February 25 in East London.

Kellogg shuns 30% sugar cap proposal for UK cereals

Kellogg shuns "silver bullet" 30% UK cereals sugar cap

By Oliver Nieburg

Cereal giant Kellogg has said that parents should make cereal choices for children and not government in rejecting what it calls a "silver bullet" proposal for a 30% sugar limit on cereals in the UK.

Acrylamide: A scandal in the making

Acrylamide: A scandal in the making

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Acrylamide is a recognised carcinogen that we’ve known is in our food at dangerous levels for a decade. Today, the food industry has tools to mitigate it, but uptake is slow.Industry, beware.  This is how scandals are made.

Firms working to up nutrients and reduce sugar and sodium, says CFBAI boss

CFBAI kids’ cereals: Out with the bad, in with the good

By Kacey Culliney

Cereal firms with products targeted at children have invested in sodium and sugar reductions and nutrient fortification in balance, according to the vice president of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI).