Regulatory News

TerraVia’s Whole Algal Protein Gains Regulatory Approval from Health Canada

12 Jan 2017 --- TerraVia have announced that Health Canada has issued an approval for its Whole Algal Protein ingredient for food use in Canada. With this approval, TerraVia has successfully achieved regulatory approval for its portfolio of AlgaVia Whole Algae Ingredients, including AlgaVia Whole Algal Protein and AlgaVia Whole Algal Flour, for food use across North America. 

US: Philadelphia Soda Tax Comes into Force

04 Jan 2017 --- Despite efforts to legally block the tax on sugary beverages in Philadelphia new legislation is now in effect increasing the cost of soda, diet drinks and other beverages by 1.5 cent-per-ounce. 

Government of Canada Finalizes Changes to Nutrition and Ingredients on Packaged Foods

15 Dec 2016 --- Making science-based nutrition information easier to understand is one way to empower Canadians to make healthier food choices.

US Heart Association Chief Calls for Sugary Drinks Taxation Based on Sugar Content

15 Dec 2016 --- The head of the American Heart Association is getting behind calls to tax sugary drinks by sugar content, claiming this is the most effective method to curb obesity and other health problems associated with consuming too much sugar. 

New Mandatory EU Regulations on Nutritional Values Enter Into Force

13 Dec 2016 --- Today (December 13) is the cut off point for food business to adhere to new mandatory EU regulations that require most pre-packed products to provide nutritional information to consumers. The regulation officially takes effect today, however some foods are exempt from the rule, including the manufacture of small quantities of food that are supplied directly by the manufacturers to the consumers or to local retailers for direct supply to the consumer. 

EFSA and BfR to Work Jointly on Global Food Safety Tools

09 Dec 2016 --- Trace-back and predictive modelling tools for use during food safety outbreaks and created by scientific teams led by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will be further rolled out under a new funding partnership agreed between EFSA and BfR.

New Restrictions on HFSS Ads Aimed at Children in UK

08 Dec 2016 --- Advertisements for food and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) aimed at children which run online, in print, on billboards and in cinemas are to be banned in the UK, under new rules. The rules are an effort to help combat rising childhood obesity, particularly in light of children spending more time online, but campaigners have criticized the measures of falling short and complain that the “power” rests in the “hands of manufacturers and advertisers, not parents.”

EU Steps Up To Fight Food Waste

05 Dec 2016 --- Around 88 million tons of food are wasted annually in the EU – which equates to around 20 percent of all food produced, with associated costs estimated at €143 billion (US$151.5 billion). Because of these shocking statistics, the European Commission is stepping up its efforts to prevent food waste, strengthen the sustainability of the food system. 

Hefty Funding for European Agricultural Product Promotion

24 Nov 2016 --- The European Commission has approved 60 new programs to promote agricultural products worth €94 million in a bid to alleviate market difficulties.

US Advisory Board Delists Carrageenan for Organics

18 Nov 2016 --- The National Organic Standards Board has decided to disallow the use of red seaweed-derived carrageenan in organic products amid controversial debates over its safety, even though it has previously been approved for many years.

Campaigners Criticize EU Meat Sector Funding

16 Nov 2016 --- European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan is facing a wave of criticism from a coalition of organizations protesting against his recent €15 million allocation to increase meat consumption in member states and more funding to open new markets for European beef.

Ireland Defines “Small” and “Local” Quantities for Food Labeling

16 Nov 2016 --- The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is reminding food businesses that new mandatory EU regulations that require most pre-packed products to provide nutritional information to consumers will come into force shortly. 

New European Guidance for Novel Food

11 Nov 2016 --- The European Food Safety Authority has issued further guidance concerning novel and traditional food from third countries in a bid to make sure they are safe before risk managers decide whether or not they can be marketed in Europe.

Trump Takes White House - What Will it Mean for Food Industry?

09 Nov 2016 --- As the food industry wakes up to news that political outsider and billionaire business magnate Republican Donald Trump has beaten Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States - questions and speculation hang heavy in the air about the potential impact on trade deals, global exchange rates, tariffs, production, research and development and so much more.

MEPs Call for New Measures to Help Farmers Combat Price Change

09 Nov 2016 --- The EU must introduce a raft of new measures to help farmers combat price volatility and ensure their future welfare, according to a vote passed by the EU's Agriculture Committee.

Salt in Food May Be Decreasing But Irish Consumers Still Eat Too Much

04 Nov 2016 --- The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reviewed its salt monitoring program, revealing “significant reductions” in salt content across a wealth of products including processed meats like rashers, cooked ham and sausages. 

Campaign Urges Food Industry to Stop Marketing to Children

27 Oct 2016 --- According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 3 children in Europe is either overweight or obese. WHO research shows that this ‘epidemic’ is directly linked to the marketing of unhealthy food and drinks.

MEPs Call for Limit on Trans Fats in Food

27 Oct 2016 --- The EU should place mandatory limits on industrially-produced trans-fatty acids (TFA) which may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, infertility, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and obesity for consumers, says a resolution voted on Wednesday (yesterday). TFA intake is mostly linked to consumption of industrially produced, partially hydrogenated oils.

Canada’s Dietary Guide Revised to Include Latest Science

25 Oct 2016 --- Canada’s official dietary guidance is being revised to include the latest scientific evidence on health and diet - and Canadians can have their say on how the guide can be improved. Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada has begun a consultation lasting until December 8, 2016, as part of the Food Guide revision. 

US Beverage Initiative to Cut Calories Targets Soda Guzzling Communities

18 Oct 2016 --- The American Beverage Association is teaming up with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to work within communities to cut beverage calories consumed. The initiative, which begins in Montgomery and Lowndes Counties, is an effort to help reduce the calories and sugar intake within communities, aiming to decrease consumption by 20 percent by 2025. The American Beverage Association claims this is the single largest voluntary effort in terms of reducing sugar to combat obesity.