Regulatory News

Novozymes receives EFSA approval for glucose syrup enzymes

04 Sep 2017 --- Novozymes has received approval from The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for two new enzymes used to make glucose syrup. The two new food enzymes are being evaluated and authorized under the FIAP set of regulations.

US: FDA promises more menu labeling guidance by year-end

28 Aug 2017 --- The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has pledged to provide further guidance on menu labeling requirements by the end of this year to address concerns from the eating-out sector. In a statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, said that the Administration will help eating establishments get a better handle on how to meet their menu labeling obligations.

EU asks how to improve the bargaining power of “weak farmers”?

28 Aug 2017 --- A consultation that fights for a fairer food chain has been launched by EU officials looking to find out what improvements need to be made to strengthen the often weak position of small farmers in the food supply chain and curb unfair trading practices that happen when they have limited bargaining power. 

European egg scandal deepens as second prohibited pesticide identified

25 Aug 2017 --- The Dutch fipronil egg scandal deepened once more yesterday (August 24) after the Dutch Minister of Health announced that a second prohibited pesticide was used by pest control company Chickfriend on a number of poultry and mixed farms. In a letter to the Dutch Parliament, Edith Schippers notes that investigators discovered on 10 August that there were an additional seven farms treated by Chickfriend in 2016 and 2017, which had not yet been investigated by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Products Safety Authority (NVWA) with regards to fipronil contamination.

Univar achieves AA grade for BRC Global Standard

22 Aug 2017 --- Univar Food Ingredients’ UK headquarters in Milton Keynes has just been awarded an AA grade for the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 3: August 2016. The site is the location of the business’ central warehouse and distribution hub. “We are extremely proud to have been awarded this certification after months of hard work, commitment and investment, and feel that this demonstrates our dedication and persistence to achieve the highest level of quality possible in the industry,” Abigail Dillon, EMEA Product & Marketing Coordinator at Univar Food Ingredients tells FoodIngredientsFirst.

FrieslandCampina granted solar panel installation on 310 dairy farms

21 Aug 2017 --- In March 2017, Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, granted over €200 million (US$234.7 million) SDE+ subsidy for the installation of solar panels at the roofs of FrieslandCampina member dairy farms. This will make it possible to install more than 416,000 solar panels at 310 dairy farms. 

Dutch poultry farmers angered by safety board’s fickle advice as egg scandal spreads

03 Aug 2017 --- The Dutch poultry farmers’ trade union (Nederlandse Vakbond Pluimveehouders, or NVP) is “confused and concerned” following the Dutch food and product safety board’s conflicting advice regarding the consumption of eggs. Over 180 poultry farms have been banned from bringing their eggs to market following the discovery of a batch of eggs containing fipronil, a pesticide used to eliminate chicken lice. 

Delay in menu labeling rule is not needed, says CSPI

03 Aug 2017 --- In June, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pushed back the deadline for food companies to adopt changes to nutritional labels for packaged foods. Industry stakeholders welcomed the extension amid concerns over their ability to meet the compliance deadline of July 26, 2018. But the consumer lobby group the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has stressed that the delay is not needed and is harmful to consumers.

Dutch food safety board shuts down 180 egg producers as pesticide scandal unfurls

01 Aug 2017 --- The Dutch food and product safety board (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit, or NVWA) has barred 180 poultry farms from sending their eggs to market because they may be contaminated with the pesticide fipronil. Additionally, the NVWA has warned consumers not to eat eggs with the code X-NL-40155XX, as these contain enough fipronil to present “an acute danger to public health.”

UK: Watchdog approves “milk is inhumane” ad

27 Jul 2017 --- The UK Advertising Standards Authority has given the green light to a Go Vegan ad which caused controversy within the dairy industry because it claims “milk is inhumane.” A newspaper ad for Go Vegan World, a vegan campaign group, seen in the national press in February, featured a photograph of a cow behind a piece of barbed wire.

UK: FSA proposals to change food regulation

24 Jul 2017 --- Food Standards Agency Chairman, Heather Hancock, has published the department's plans to change food regulation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with a document called, “Regulating Our Future – Why food regulation needs to change and how we are going to do it.” This sets out proposals to transform the way food businesses are regulated.

EU: Member states vote for acrylamide benchmarks – but does this go far enough?

20 Jul 2017 --- European countries have voted in favor of a Commission proposal to reduce the presence of the chemical acrylamide in food because of its links to cancer. This is an important decision which marks the EU taking the first steps towards less acrylamide in food, however, some European watchdogs do not think yesterday’s (July 19 vote) went far enough and are calling on the Commission to set legally binding maximum limits.

Diageo Expands Nutritional Labels to Include Guinness

06 Jul 2017 --- British multinational alcoholic beverages company, Diageo has expanded its nutritional labeling initiative to Ireland's number one selling beer making Guinness the first brand to supply full information about nutrition and alcohol on 500ml cans in the Republic of Ireland. 

Consumption of High-Fructose Corn Syrup Increased In Canada After Tariffs Lowered in NAFTA

04 Jul 2017 --- Lower tariffs on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) were linked to higher supply and likely consumption of added sweeteners in Canada, including HFCS, found new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). 

Lupin: New Requirements for Mandatory Allergen Labeling

20 Jun 2017 --- Lupin has been added to the list of nine allergens that must be declared on food labels.

European Court Rules: Plant-Based Products Can’t Use Dairy Terms

15 Jun 2017 --- A judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union yesterday ruled that purely plant-based products cannot, in principle, be marketed with designations such as ‘milk’, ‘cream’, ‘butter’, ‘cheese’ or ‘yogurt’, which are reserved by EU law for animal products. The same is true if those designations are accompanied by clarifying or descriptive terms indicating the plant origin of the product concerned. However, there is a list of exceptions.

Industry Responds: FDA Delays Deadline for New Nutrition Labels

14 Jun 2017 --- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to delay the deadline for revamped nutrition food labels, pushing it back from July 26, 2018. Companies with annual food sales of less than $10 million had been given an extra year to comply.

Consumer Groups Urge End of Cartoons on Unhealthy Children’s Foods

14 Jun 2017 --- BEUC and its member organizations have called on European food companies and retailers to stop using cartoons when marketing nutrient-poor foods to young consumers. The consumer groups’ call applies to both advertising and packaging.

Glyphosate Ban Could Cost British Farmers $1.2 Billion a Year

13 Jun 2017 --- Worrying new figures released by leading economic research house Oxford Economics and agriculture specialists The Andersons Centre, in partnership with the Crop Protection Association, show the potentially devastating impact of a ban of common herbicides to the British economy and the agricultural sector. 

US Beef Exports to China are a Step Closer

13 Jun 2017 --- Despite China emerging as a major beef buyer in recent years, with imports up from US$275 million in 2012 to US$2.5 billion in 2016, the US has been banned from China's market since 2003 - but that looks like it’s all about to change.