Regulatory News

Jamie Oliver sugar tax success: Drop in sugary drinks sales at his Italian chain

17 Oct 2017 --- Introducing a small levy to the price of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurants across the UK is likely to have contributed to a significant decline in SSB sales, according to new research published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The celebrity chef and food campaigner has collated the results of a study that has been running in his 37 Italian restaurants exploring the effects a 10 pence sugar tax had on sales of sugar-sweetened beverages. 

DSM: 47 percent of consumers are more concerned about sugar consumption than 3 years ago

16 Oct 2017 --- DSM has published a new report in its Global Insight Series focusing on consumer attitudes and behavior around the labeling of sugar content. The report, based on an international survey, shows that concern about sugar is on the rise globally, with nearly half of all consumers saying they are more concerned about overall sugar consumption than they were three years ago. In most countries, label reading has become the norm with more than 50 percent of global consumers say they check the sugar content of foods before they buy.

Ireland plans 30 cents per liter sugar tax

12 Oct 2017 --- Ireland is proposing to bring in a sugar tax similar to the levy to be introduced in the UK amid concerns the country is facing an escalating obesity crisis. As the Finance Minister of Ireland, Paschal Donohoe set the country’s 2018 Budget, he  announced measures for a new sugar tax of 30 cent per liter on drinks with over eight grams of sugar per 100 milliliters, with a reduced rate of 20 cent per liter on drinks with between five and eight grams of sugar per 100 milliliters.

Greencore shares fall on US listeria scare

03 Oct 2017 --- Shares in Irish company Greencore have dropped after the company voluntarily initiated a recall of products in the US. The sandwich maker, which is listed in London, recalled batches of sandwiches issued towards the end of last month over fears that they could contain listeria, it emerged late last week.

Nutrition Facts Label: US FDA proposes extending compliance dates to 2020

02 Oct 2017 --- In a move hailed by the food industry but decried by lobby groups, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to delay until January 1, 2020 the deadline for companies to update their Nutrition Facts labels to more prominently display calories and total sugar content and amend serving sizes.

Sainsbury's suspends business with 2 Sisters on food safety breach scandal

02 Oct 2017 --- UK retailer Sainsbury's has joined Marks and Spencer, Lidl and Aldi in suspending taking fresh chicken from 2 Sisters plant in West Bromwich (UK) featured in an investigation by ITV News and The Guardian, which uncovered a series of potential breaches of food safety rules. 2 Sisters accounts for one-third of all chicken processed in the UK. 

UK's biggest chicken supplier embroiled in food safety breach

29 Sep 2017 --- Supermarkets in the UK have been warned that they could be selling chicken that is past its sell-by date after an investigation found that the largest supplier of chicken to UK supermarkets may be tampering with food safety records. An investigation by The Guardian newspaper and ITV News recorded undercover footage of workers altering the slaughter date of poultry being processed at a 2 Sisters Food Group plant. 

IDFA expresses “deep concern” over cheese protections in EU-Canada trade agreement

26 Sep 2017 --- The US International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has indicated its “deep concern” about the protections afforded to five cheese names in the European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which has been provisionally implemented.

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.

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