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Energy drink market gets rush from clubbers

The energy drink market has gotten further stimulus from club crowds who mix these functional beverages with alcohol, according to market researcher Mintel.

EU toughens pasteurisation testing

The European Union has set new standards that regulate dairy pasteurisation testing, which bring bloc into line with international standards already in place.

New guidelines help UK producers plan food safety

The UK food regulator has published a guidance to help manufacturers improve the safety of their products and deal with contamination incidents when these occur.

Environment committee votes on additives amendments

The European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety yesterday voted through amendments to upcoming new legislation on food additives aimed at making the laws more transparent.

Proposed safety regulations target packaging gases

Packaging gases and other additives used for prolonging the shelf life of foods are some of the substances targeted by proposed safety regulations passed yesterday by an EU parliamentary committee.

Organic Standards talks to begin next month, says expert

The inaugural meeting of a new committee to establish guidelines for domestic and imported organic foods in Australia will take place next month, even without full industry representation, says an...

Health claims need urgent attention, says food law expert

Food companies should divert resources to auditing health claims for their products and putting in place transitional arrangements in advance of the new EU legislation becoming applicable on July 1,...

FDA proposes to relax labeling for irradiated foods

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to revise its labeling regulations for irradiated foods and supplements, suggesting that some irradiated foods could be labeled as "pasteurized". ...

China to review food recall measures, says report

China's ministry of health is set to review its current food recall practices in a bid to adopt more stringent food safety practices amidst the dynamic growth of processing in...

Bernard Matthews escapes bird flu prosecution

The UK poultry processor at the centre of the avian influenza outbreak earlier this year will not face criminal prosecution, the national food regulator has confirmed.

Meat inspection consultation launched

The UK food regulator is asking for feedback on proposals to change meat inspections, including charging processors for services and delegating duties to private bodies.

Health Canada approves Denomega oils for food

Denomega Nutritional Oils has announced the Health Canada approval of its omega-3 ingredients for use in most foods, thereby opening up another market to the company.

EFSA publishes opinion on pesticide levels in food

EFSA has issued an opinion on the possible health risks from certain proposed residue levels of pesticides in food and feed.

Research to develop organic processing standards

EU researchers will discuss ways to improve the safety and processing of organic and other "low-input" foods at an upcoming meeting in Stuttgart, Germany.

USDA accused of lax food safety measures

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been accused of failing to protect the nation's food supply, following last week's withdrawal of a long-grain rice seed after possible contamination with...

Opinions on MSG safety updated

The 1997 Hohenheim consensus on the physiological effects and safety of monosodium glutamate (MSG) has been updated.

Amendments on contaminant levels in force

Three new EU regulations on contaminant levels in food came into force this month, requiring tougher safety controls in manufacturing plants.

Judicial Review favours FSA in GM contamination case

A High Court judge has ruled that the UK's Food Standard Agency (FSA) did not act unlawfully in its failure to act over illegal GM rice that entered the UK...

More food contact materials assessed

Two more additives for plastic packaging for use in direct contact with food have been assessed by the European food safety authority.

Debate centres on revision of UK meat inspection system

Further proposals on revising the UK's meat inspection system will be debated tomorrow at a meeting of the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) board of directors.

UK publishes first good hygiene guide

The UK has published its first industry good hygiene practice guide, part of a series intended to help manufacturers comply with new EU-wide regulations on food safety.

EU food regulators meet to discuss common projects, fees

Representatives of regulators in the EU's 27 members begin a two-day meeting today to discuss common proposed projects on food safety issues, data collection, folic acid supplementation, and fees for...

EU to drop dairy hygiene case against UK

The European Commission is expected to drop a court case against the UK over dairy hygiene practices, following an inspection of the country's industry, this publication understands.

EU agency sets maximum limit for bisphenol A

The EU's food agency today set a maximum limit for human daily intakes of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical implicated as a potential carcinogen and widely used in plastic food...

EU states agree on clone food plan

There will be no special measures to cover food products from cloned animals in the EU, member states have agreed, following news the offspring of a cloned cow was growing...

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