Regulatory News

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.

Californian Call to Introduce Food Dye Warning Labels

17 Feb 2017 --- Similar to the labels already used in the UK and around Europe, California is pushing for a warning label bill on synthetic food containing dyes and colorings. 

MEPs Call for Fast-Track Approval of Low-Risk Pesticides

16 Feb 2017 --- Low-risk biological pesticides, including those made from bio-organisms, pheromones or essential oils, could replace conventional ones that are suspected of harming the environment and human health. MEPs are wondering why some member states hesitate or refuse to approve them and want the EU Commission to propose a revision of the rules to accelerate the approval process.

US Appeal Court Rules Restaurants Must Label High Salt Menu Items

14 Feb 2017 --- A US appeal court has upheld a ruling that says chain restaurants in New York City must flag up menu items with high sodium content by showing a salt-shaker icon to indicate the dish has more than a full day’s recommended dose of sodium.

Food Industry Anticipates What the Real Brexit Means as White Paper is Released

03 Feb 2017 --- As the government sets out its principal plans for Brexit, the White Paper for leaving Europe has been released and covers areas including trade, migration controls and sovereignty issues. The policy document sets outs Theresa May’s goals for negotiations with the European Union and comes after there was mounting pressure from MPs across the House of Commons for the Prime Minister to go public with detailed plans on exactly how Britain will leave the EU. 

South Africa Beverage Association Calls for Sugar Reduction Regulation Not Tax

02 Feb 2017 --- The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) has been strongly opposed to the planned 20% tax on sugary sweetened drinks ever since it was first mooted - but now the body has outlined its criticisms in Parliament.

France Bans Unlimited Soda Refills

30 Jan 2017 --- All-you-can-drink free soda refills in restaurants and other public eateries around France have been banned as a new law comes into force legislating against unlimited sugary soft drinks being offered as part of a promotion.

EFSA: It’s Time to Reduce, Replace and Re-Think the Use of Antimicrobials in Animals

25 Jan 2017 --- Reducing the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals, replacing them where possible and re-thinking the livestock production system is essential for the future of animal and public health. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the world’s most pressing public health issues and the use of antimicrobials in animals contributes to this problem, so limiting their use to the minimum necessary to treat infectious diseases in animals is crucial.

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.