Regulatory News

LCI and Novolyze partner up to strengthen on the safety of flour products

15 Dec 2017 --- Limagrain Céréales Ingredients (LCI) has recently partnered with Novolyze to reinforce the microbiological control of its proprietary heat process for flours: Farigel. In order to confirm the effectiveness of the Farigel process, LCI chose to use the innovative products developed by Novolyze. The methodology utilizes harmless bacteria that mimic the behavior of foodborne pathogens under different kinds of stress. 

EU Parliament rejects calls for phosphate ban

14 Dec 2017 --- A proposal to ban the additive phosphate, a key component in kebabs and gyros, has been narrowly defeated in European Parliament following a vote yesterday (December 13).The legislature fell three votes short of reaching an absolute majority of at least 376 votes for a phosphate ban, which would have seriously impacted the kebab industry, forcing it to find alternatives rather than stop producing the highly popular fast food.

US: New study puts forward case for hiking up alcohol taxes

13 Dec 2017 --- US state alcohol excise taxes are typically only a few cents per drink and have not kept pace with inflation, according to a new study. Soon to be published in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, authors claim that hiking up taxes would be a chance for US states to increase revenues while simultaneously improving public health costs related to excessive alcohol consumption.

Plain packaging could lead to billions in food industry losses, says new study

12 Dec 2017 --- Following the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products in some countries and calls to extend the legislation to other sectors, marketing consultancy Brand Finance has analyzed the potential financial impact of such a policy on food and beverage brands.

New analysis suggests meat tax could be on the cards in 5 years time

12 Dec 2017 --- Questions are being raised as to the likelihood of a livestock levy in years to come as part of new analysis examining how meat could follow the same path as tobacco, carbon emissions and sugar and become subject to a so-called “sin tax,” with implications all around the globe.

Lactalis baby milk in worldwide recall after salmonella contamination

12 Dec 2017 --- French dairy group Lactalis has recalled its formula milk and baby food following the discovery of salmonella cases in babies and after 26 children under the age of six fell in France earlier this month. The affected Lactalis products have been recalled in France and for export to markets including Europe, Africa, South America and China. The recall covers hundreds of baby milk powder products marketed globally under the Milumel, Picot and Celia brands.

UK: Co-op to start selling food beyond best before date

05 Dec 2017 --- The Co-op supermarket is cracking down on food waste with its pioneering new initiative to sell food after its “best before” date. The East of England Co-op says it is the first major retailer to start selling products beyond their best before date with the aim of significantly reducing food waste in its stores.

New acrylamide legislation to come into force from April 2018

01 Dec 2017 --- The clock is counting down to April 2018 when new EU legislation will come into force requiring food businesses to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems. The new laws describe practical measures based upon best practice guidance developed by the food industry to mitigate acrylamide formation in a range of foods. 

UK: Parliamentary inquiry finds 2 Sisters problems “are not a one-off”

21 Nov 2017 --- British MPs have ruled that problems at the English poultry and food manufacturing group 2 Sisters – which suspended operations last month due to hygiene concerns following an undercover operation – were "not a one-off”. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee launched its inquiry into 2 Sisters and poultry standards following an expose by The Guardian and ITN which found evidence of 2 Sisters workers altering the slaughter date of poultry, raising the risk that shoppers could end up buying meat past its use-by date. 

West Africa food security: Greenpeace calls for urgent action on overfishing and illegal fishing

21 Nov 2017 --- Vessels arrested for illegally fishing in West African waters are still carrying on with business as usual, claims a Greenpeace Africa report released today on World Fisheries Day. The report, “The Cost of Ocean Destruction”, details how West African fishermen and communities continue to suffer from the consequences of overfishing and illegal fishing in this region and it provides specific recommendations for Governments on how to solve the crisis. 

Organic farming: European Council endorses new rules

21 Nov 2017 --- The agreement on new rules for organic farming endorsed yesterday by European Council representatives will simplify and harmonize many of the rules covering organic food production both within the European Union and in non-EU countries, says Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan said. The agreement will go to vote in the European Parliament. Once adopted, the new rules will enter into force on January 1, 2021. This will give enough time for producers, operators and trade partners to adapt to the new framework.

Two-thirds of global cocoa supply agree on actions to eliminate deforestation

16 Nov 2017 --- At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), top cocoa-producing countries Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana announced far-reaching Frameworks for Action with leading chocolate and cocoa companies to end deforestation and restore forest areas.

Neonicotinoid pesticides: EFSA to update risk assessment to bees early next year

15 Nov 2017 --- There are just a few months to go before the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) updates its risk assessment on the potential risks to bees from neonicotinoid pesticides. The assessments for clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam will be finalized next February, following a final round of consultation with pesticide experts in the Member States.

FDA guides food establishments through menu labeling maze

09 Nov 2017 --- The US Food and Drug Administration has drafted a guidance document to help food businesses navigate the complexities of the new menu labeling regulations which will come into force next May. The eating-out sector and other businesses that sell food and will be subject to the new laws have previously expressed concern over what they need to do to comply with menu labeling rules. 

UK: Chicken production resumes at scandal-hit factory

06 Nov 2017 --- The UK chicken plant at the center of a safety scandal is restarting production this week following the expose last month which revealed poor hygiene standards and serious food safety breaches. The 2 Sisters plant is resuming production from today (November 6) with the majority of Britain’s supermarkets due to take chicken supplies following a suspension of several weeks since the scandal first broke. 

Nestle announce plans to source only cage-free eggs by 2025

03 Nov 2017 --- Nestlé has set a goal to source only eggs from cage-free hens for all its food products globally by 2025. This includes all shell eggs and egg products directly sourced as ingredients by Nestlé. In Europe and the US, Nestlé will make the transition by the end of 2020. For the rest of the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania it will happen by 2025, with the move in Asia to be completed in the same transition period, as conditions allow.

Scottish salmon crawling with sea lice, says conservation group

31 Oct 2017 --- Scottish reared salmon – the flagship food product for the country and one of the UK’s most coveted exports – is contaminated with unacceptable levels of sea lice. Data collected by the Salmon and Trout Conservation (S&TC) Scotland reveals “astonishingly” high sea lice levels and claims the Scottish Government’s regulation of salmon farms is proving to be “wholly inadequate.”

Dairy UK details “hopes and fears” over Brexit

26 Oct 2017 --- Dairy UK has published a White Paper report which details the “game changing” opportunities and challenges which the industry is facing over issues such as Brexit and consumer confidence in dairy foods. Some of the concerns center around the future of trading agreements with EU countries, specifically whether new tariffs will be introduced, and how UK dairy farmers could lose out to European competitors if a solid deal is not put in place.

Welsh government wants to legislate against cheap booze sales

23 Oct 2017 --- The Welsh government plans to introduce new laws that enforce a minimum price on alcohol in a bid to cut down on sales of cheap booze. Politicians and health experts believe introducing a minimum unit on alcohol will lead to a reduction in alcohol-related deaths, health problems and therefore save the National Health Service millions down the line. 

Jamie Oliver sugar tax success: Drop in sugary drinks sales at his Italian chain

17 Oct 2017 --- Introducing a small levy to the price of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurants across the UK is likely to have contributed to a significant decline in SSB sales, according to new research published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The celebrity chef and food campaigner has collated the results of a study that has been running in his 37 Italian restaurants exploring the effects a 10 pence sugar tax had on sales of sugar-sweetened beverages.