Regulation & Safety

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Frito-Lay hit with lawsuit on all-natural claims

By Oliver Nieburg

PepsiCo’s snacks business Frito-Lay has been accused of misleading consumers by making all-natural claims on its products which also contain genetically modified corn and vegetable oils.

Caobisco calls for extended buffer stocks to combat supply fluctuations

Caobisco calls for extended buffer stocks to combat supply fluctuations

By Oliver Nieburg

The Association of the Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery of Europe (Caobisco) has called for buffer stocks to be extended to cover the supply of commodities like wheat, skimmed milk powder and butter oil as part of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy...

First yeast-derived beta glucan approved as novel food in EU

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First yeast-derived beta glucan approved as novel food in EU

By Oliver Nieburg

Health ingredients firm Biothera has been granted novel foods approval in the EU for its immune health ingredient yeast beta glucan and said there were prospects for manufacturers in a variety of food formulations.

Coca-Cola to launch stevia-based brands in EU in early 2012

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Coca-Cola to expand stevia offering in EU; no plans to drop aspartame

By Jane Byrne

Coca-Cola said it has no reason to drop the artificial sweetener aspartame from its low or zero calorie beverage brands in the European market as it welcomes last week’s approval by the European Commission for the use of the natural sweetener stevia in...

EFSA may reassess proposed use levels for stevia in EU

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Is a re-assessment of EU stevia usage on the cards?

By Jane Byrne

Post-market monitoring of stevia use levels in food and drink products could see the European Commission broaden the current authorised food categories, claims a stevia trade body.

General Mills on fruit snacks lawsuit: ‘We stand behind our claims’

General Mills on fruit snacks lawsuit: ‘We stand behind our claims’

By Elaine Watson

General Mills has defended its fruit snacks after lobby group The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and law firm Reese Richman launched a class action against the food giant accusing it of presenting products that were “little better than...

Denmark is getting to grips with fat tax legislation

Danish fat tax divides UK opinion

By Mike Stones

News that Denmark is to become the first country in the world to introduce a tax on foods with saturated fat, in a bid to foster healthy eating, has sharply divided British opinion.

UK children could exceed ADI levels for Sunset Yellow, finds EFSA

UK children could exceed ADI levels for Sunset Yellow, finds EFSA

By Jane Byrne

A decision is awaited from the Commission on the use of Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) in non-alcoholic flavoured drinks following a revised exposure assessment from EFSA showing some children in the UK could still be over the ADI levels for the additive.

CASH recognises bread industry efforts on salt reduction

CASH recognises bread industry efforts on salt reduction

By Jane Byrne

New UK research has found supermarkets’ unlabelled in-store bakery bread is generally higher in salt than the supermarkets’ packaged bread, with differences of more than half a gram between similar products.

FDA reopens comments on gluten-free labeling

FDA reopens comments on gluten-free labeling

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reopened comments on its proposed thresholds for gluten traces in products labeled as gluten free – four years after it originally proposed the guidelines.

“Consumption of cereal products high in slowly digestible starch raises blood glucose concentrations less after a meal than cereal products low in slowly digestible starch”.

EFSA health claim opinion

Kraft chews on article 13.5 glycaemic health claim win

By Shane Starling

Kraft Foods Europe is the second company to win a positive article 13.5 proprietary and emerging science health claim opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) with a submission linking starch and glycaemic response in baked products.

Senators urge FDA action on gluten-free labeling

Senators urge FDA action on gluten-free labeling

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Two US Senators have sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging prompt action on gluten-free labeling laws, after a proposed rule on tolerable gluten thresholds for gluten-free foods has languished for more than four years.

Albert Schipper, new AIBI President

60 Second Interview: Albert Schipper, President AIBI

Acrylamide, labelling regs and skills gap: AIBI steps up its game

By Jane Byrne

Albert Schipper, chair of Dutch bakeries association NVB, was recently elected president of the International Association of Plant Bakers (AIBI). We caught up with him to hear about his vision for the sector.

Salt or sodium? The EU is backing salt labelling

Salt lobby opposes EU's “absurd labelling” measures

By Shane Starling

European salt trade body EUSalt admits the “battle is lost” to prevent mandatory EU-wide salt labelling on food products after Guideline Dietary Allowance (GDA) measures were approved as expected in a European Parliament vote this afternoon.

Desperate times: With EFSA rejecting clinical data en masse, Dr Glenn Gibson dons his magic, technicolour health claim dream labcoat in the hope of winning a claim. The NDA concludes causality has not been demonstrated between magic and dreamcoats

EU researchers revolted as EFSA clears health claims vault

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority last week delivered the fifth batch of article 13, general function health claim opinions bringing the total issued to 2723. There are just 35 to go – to be published next month in a final mini-batch that will conclude...