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EWG Comments to OEHHA

Earlier last week, EWG (Environmental Working Group) submitted comments to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee to recommend prioritization of several substances for Proposition 65 review.  The EWG is a nonprofit activist organization that focuses on research and advocacy around toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, agricultural […]

Friday’s Feature 20 November 2020

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” ~~~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby~~~   Posted on 20 November 2020

Draft China Food Labelling Updates

Recently China’s National Health Commission (NHC) notified the World Trade Organization of the draft “National Food Safety Standard General Rules for Nutrition Labeling of Prepackaged Foods”.  The draft regulation outlines new requirements for finished foods labeling including the definition of nutrients, calculation of nutrient values for key nutrients and functional nutrient claims. There are some […]

Bird Flu hits Britain

The UK’s chief veterinarian has introduced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) after several cases of bird flu were detected in domestic flocks.  The zone will legally require all bird keepers in Scotland, England, and Wales to follow strong biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of avian flu (H5N8).  H5N8 is highly infectious and has […]

A Sticky Criminal Endeavor

Honey fraud continues to be widespread after low EU harvest: Honey harvest in Europe is predicted to be down by 40% in 2020. This disastrous harvest is caused by a combination of issues, such as flood, draught and climate change in a variety of regions. One third of honey into the EU is imported, and […]

Formation of EEC Common Market for Organic Agricultural Products

On October 20, the Eurasian Economic Commission approved a draft road map for the formation of a common market for organic agricultural products within the EEC.  The EEC will build a dialogue with international organizations such as the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and help address accessibility issues of organic products for all […]

Open Sesame (Labelling!)

The U.S. FDA recently published guidance regarding the labelling of sesame and sesame products in the ingredient statement of food labels. Did you know that some people are allergic to sesame?  It is estimated that there may be as many people who are allergic to sesame as the number of people who are allergic to […]

Friday’s Feature 13 November 2020

“I’m not nearly as afraid of Friday the 13th as I am of the people who are afraid of Friday the 13th.” ~~~unknown~~~ Posted on 13 November 2020

Mexico – FDA Food Safety Partnership

Recently the FDA signed a statement of intent (SOI) that strengthens the food partnership between the USA and Mexico.  It expands the scope of the original partnership to include all human food regulated by the FDA.  The concept is to use new technologies to strengthen predictive and technical capabilities and facilitate a faster response to […]

Malaysia Updating Halal Requirements and Standards

Last month, Malaysia released the second circular related to Halal certification in 2020.  The Malaysian Halal Certification Procedure Manual (Domestic) 2020, Malaysian Halal Management System 2020 will be implemented on January 1, 2021.  Immediate enforcement is expected.  These two documents are the main references for Malaysian halal certification and include certification procedures, internal control requirements […]

A Way Too Efficient Pesticide

Europol, the European police authority, estimates that up to 15% of pesticides are unapproved or counterfeit, resulting an annual impact of over $6.5 billion on the legitimate pesticide industry. It is often unknown what ingredients are in these counterfeit products. Such substances, often sold online, can pose serious health and environmental risks. During the first […]

South Korea Enforces Resource Recycling Act

In late September, the “Resource Recycling Act” came into effect and enforcement began.  This has significant impact for food and beverage companies who use plastics and other limited raw materials in their packaging.   South Korea is enforcing its ban on plastic materials that are difficult to recycle such as colored PET bottles and labels that […]

Official Approval of Nutriscore in Germany

As of 6 November 2020, the German government introduced the Nutriscore system for food and beverages on a voluntary basis. The system, which was already introduced in several EU countries, requires a “healthful to unhealthful scale” from A to E, printed on the front label, based on “bad” contents such as calories, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugar, […]

Friday’s Feature 6 November 2020

Have a wonderful weekend! “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” ~~~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks~~~   Posted on 6 November 2020

Canada Adds Spirulina to List of Coloring Agents

Health Canada’s Food Directorate completed a premarket safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of Spirulina extract as a coloring agent for food.  Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is used in various food, feed and supplement products.  In January, Health Canada published a proposal to enable the […]

FDA Issues Proposed Rule on Traceability Requirements for Certain Foods

On September 23, 2020, the FDA issues a proposed rule entitled “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods”.  The proposed rule would establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements beyond what already exists for foods that appear on a newly published “Food Traceability List”.  One category included on the new list is “Herbs (fresh)”.  Examples provided […]

The Seed Of The Thistle May Not Always Produce The Thistle

The Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program released a Milk Thistle Adulteration Bulletin. Silymarin, a complex mixture of flavonolignans, is the main pharmacologically active ingredient of milk thistle, usually used in an extracted form. Milk thistle is often used to treat liver problems, and sales of supplements containing silymarin remain strong. In an estimated 30-50% of milk thistle […]

EU Protection of Dairy Terms

Last week the European Parliament made the decision to further protect dairy terms such as ‘milk’ and ‘butter’.  According to EU court decisions and now further reinforced by the EU Parliament, these and other dairy terms can only be used to describe dairy.  This will further distinguish alternative products like soy and nut milks, butters, […]

China Releases Two Flavoring Standards

Last week the National Health Commission and the State Administration for Market Regulation announced new provisions of the Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China.  Thirty – eight food safety standards and four amendments were released.  These include two new standards for flavorings: GB 30616-2020 Food Flavorings and GB 29938-2020 General Rules on […]

Taiwan Imposes Stricter Regulations for the Use of Aloe Vera in Foods

Earlier in October the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration published a draft regulation titled “Use of Aloe Vera as Ingredient in Food” which limits the manufacturing, processing, and consumption of aloe vera.  Only completely peeled leaves of Aloe vera and Aloe ferox can be processed into food ingredients, and total aloin content must not exceed […]

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