Regulation & Safety

Bread: To fortify or not to fortify? That is the folic acid question concerning some New Zealand parliamentarians

Calls for voluntary folic acid fortification in NZ grow

By Shane Starling

New Zealand opposition party members are calling on the government to fortify the country’s flour supply and bread output with folic acid, following reports of the success of a similar program across the Tasman Sea in Australia.

Oats can reduce cholesterol says Health Canada, but supporting data has been called for

Health Canada criticized over health claim data

By Shane Starling

A former Health Canada official has criticized the agency for failing to publish health claim-backing data, after recently approving an oat fiber-cholesterol health claim.

Local food doesn’t mean safe food

Local food doesn’t mean safe food

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

All food, if not properly handled, has the potential to cause foodborne illness – so why does local food get special legislative treatment?

For front-of-pack labels, smart choices take time

For front-of-pack labels, smart choices take time

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Uh-oh, surely not another industry-sponsored front-of-pack nutrition label! Food industry engagement is welcome, but let’s take it slowly – no one benefits until we figure out a system that works.

Bisphenol A on the brink?

Bisphenol A on the brink?

By Rory Harrington

To BPA or not to BPA? While the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) backed the continued use of bisphenol A last week, the real question is whether the verdict was a full-blown reprieve for the controversial chemical or merely a stay of execution.