Regulatory News

UAE Moves Towards 50 Percent Soda Tax and 100 Percent Levy for Energy Drinks

25 May 2017 --- The UAE is introducing new fiscal measures to tax carbonated drinks by 50% and a 100% tax hike on energy drinks. 

Industry Response: Labour Commit to 9pm Watershed on Junk Food Advertising

09 May 2017 --- Adverts for food high in fat, salt or sugar would be banned from all TV shows broadcast before the 9pm watershed under Labour plans to tackle childhood obesity.

Australian Consumer Group Cries Foul over New “Farcical” Free-Range Egg Law

28 Apr 2017 --- Australians have been waiting five years for the federal government to hatch a plan on free range eggs – but the result has been branded a farce by a consumer advocacy group as it relaxes the rules for egg producers who will be able to advertise eggs as “free range” under a standard that crams hens closer together and does not even decree for the birds to go outside. 

Colombian Daabon Receives World-First Award for Sustainable Palm Oil

25 Apr 2017 --- Colombian-based Daabon Group has been awarded for its pioneering approach to sourcing sustainable palm oil in Latin America by becoming the world’s first oil palm grower to receive certification from industry body – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – that shows the company has exceeded global standards.

Food Colors: Major Gains From Company and Consumer Collaboration

13 Apr 2017 --- How we perceive what we eat and drink is greatly influenced by food's color, which can be either natural, or enhanced in the production process. The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), in close collaboration with the University of Stuttgart, has reviewed legislation applicable to food colors in the EU and the US. The review highlights the most important differences and suggests ways to increase regulatory coherence.

Draft Voluntary Guidelines on Tracking Fish “From Sea to Plate” Unanimously Adopted

13 Apr 2017 --- An FAO-led push to establish internationally agreed standards that can guide the development of catch documentation schemes aimed at keeping illegally caught fish off store-shelves and consumers' plates has taken an important step forward.

US Consumer Watchdog Criticizes Calls for Delay on Nutrition Labels

06 Apr 2017 --- The Center for Science in the Public Interest claim the Grocery Manufacturers Association and trade groups representing bakers, corn refiners, confectioners, millers, and meat and dairy producers are asking to keep the revised Nutrition Facts label from consumers until May 2021, which is five years after the Food and Drug Administration unveiled it last May. 

MEPs Vote in Favor of Palm Oil Clampdown

05 Apr 2017 --- European politicians voting on a report calling for measures to ensure a sustainable palm oil industry have branded large parts of the global production of the sought-after commodity a “breach of fundamental human rights”.

UK Food Industry Gets 20% Sugar Reduction Guidelines

31 Mar 2017 --- The UK government has unveiled guidelines on how the food industry can cut sugar by 20% across a range of everyday categories including biscuits, breakfast cereals and yogurts, as part of its drive to significantly reduce obesity rates amongst Britain’s adults and kids. 

UK: Asda Becomes First Supermarket to Improve Vegan Labeling

28 Mar 2017 --- Asda has paved the way as the first UK supermarket to approach The Vegan Society with intention to improve the labeling of its vegan products – including vodka. The giant has started putting the Vegan Trademark on 16 different items, some of which have already reached the supermarket shelves, and more products will be released in the next few months.

20% Sugar Reduction is “Impossible”, Says UK Food and Drink Trade Body

23 Mar 2017 --- An executive of the UK’s Food and Drink Federation has warned how the government’s 20% sugar reduction drive - a program to seriously reduce the amount of sugar across British food and beverages - is not “technically” possible and, on top of that, will not be accepted by consumers. 

High Acrylamide Levels Discovered in Disney-Themed Kids Crackers

23 Mar 2017 --- US national health watchdog, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has discovered high levels of acrylamide in a Walgreens store brand animal crackers sold in boxes featuring Disney “Jungle Book” characters. 

Americans Reassured No Tainted Brazilian Meat Has Entered US

23 Mar 2017 --- Yesterday (Mar 22), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced additional steps to keep the food supply safe for American families in light of the recent investigations of Brazil’s meat industry.  

EU Adopts Rules to Mitigate Risks of Fraud and Strengthen Health & Safety

16 Mar 2017 --- European Parliament has adopted new regulations to increase member states' ability to prevent, eliminate or reduce health risks to humans, animals and plants with a modernized and simplified control system which ensures that EU food is safe all the way through the agri-food chain. The new rules, which were adopted yesterday (Mar 15), provide a package of measures that will strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards across the agri-food chain, according to the European Commission. 

EU Politicians Call for 50% Food Waste Reduction by 2030, Set Vastly Reduced Landfill Targets

15 Mar 2017 --- Although waste management in the EU has improved considerably in recent decades, almost a third of municipal waste is still landfilled and less than half is recycled or composted, with wide variations between member states. In 2014, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden sent virtually no municipal waste to landfill, whereas Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Latvia and Malta still landfill more than three quarters of their municipal waste.

MEPs Fight Against Unsustainable Palm Oil Entering EU Market

10 Mar 2017 --- MEPs are advocating sustainable palm oil practices and calling for a clampdown on member states importing unsustainable palm oil with links to deforestation and habitat degradation which are particularly significant in South-East Asia. Discussing the issues yesterday (Thursday March 9) European politicians backed a non-binding report looking into how the EU can tackle the environmental impacts of palm oil production.

EFSA Propose Simpler Rules in Food Safety for Small Retailers

02 Mar 2017 --- EFSA has proposed a simplified approach to food safety management in small retail businesses such as grocery shops, butchers, and bakeries. The approach includes guidelines on how to identify the most relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards at each stage of the food production process, the activities or practices that make hazards more likely to occur and appropriate control measures. 

WHO Publishes List of Antibiotic-Resistant "Priority Pathogens"

01 Mar 2017 --- WHO recently published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health.

Meat-Free Buffet Causes Political Stir in Germany

27 Feb 2017 --- German environment ministers have caused a food storm with their decision to ban meat and fish from official functions due to its potential environmental impact. Germany’s infamous sausages and traditional meat-heavy food options were nowhere to be seen at a recent buffet as part of the German government’s “exporting green technology” symposium.

EU Report Cites Antimicrobial Resistance as “Alarming Threat”

23 Feb 2017 --- The latest findings by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show that bacteria found in humans, animals and food continue to show resistance to widely used antimicrobials.