Regulatory News

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. 

UK: Mars Recalls Chocolate Amid Salmonella Scare

13 Jun 2017 --- Mars has issued a “precautionary recall” of several of its chocolate products in the UK and Ireland amid concerns over salmonella.

Mexico Strikes a Deal on Sugar Trade Agreement

07 Jun 2017 --- US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has issued a statement regarding a new agreement between the United States and Mexico regarding the importation of Mexican sugar.  

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.