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Myanmar Requirement for Purity in Flavorings Exempted

IOFI (International Organization of the Flavor Industry) received confirmation from the Myanmar Food and Drug Association that they have accepted IOFI’s request that there be a purity exemption for flavorings which are a blend of multiple substance.  Previously, the Myanmar FDA had a mandatory purity / identification requirement in place for flavors which was extremely […]

Nueva Alianza entre Chilealimentos A.G. Y Decernis – FoodChainID

Decernis-FoodChain ID junto a Chilealimentos A.G, han firmado recientemente un Acuerdo de Colaboración, el cual permitirá  desarrollar un proceso de vinculación permanente y trabajo conjunto, con enfoque en la cooperación técnica y la difusión. Chilealimentos es la Asociación de Empresas de Alimentos de Chile, entidad privada de carácter gremial, que reúne y representa a empresas […]

Friday’s Feature 25 September 2020

  Have a wonderful weekend! (and don’t forget to take a break from work) “I am a great believer of luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” ~~~Thomas Jefferson~~~   Posted 25 September 2020

Food Fraud in the Fresh Produce Sector – Help a Student with a Survey!

Fraud in fresh produce can occur in a number of ways, including fraudulent organic certifications, counterfeit branding, misrepresentation of geographic origin, and the use of unapproved ripening agents. In 2019, a company in Canada was charged with misrepresenting broccoli grown in California as “Product of Canada.” In 2018, 500 kg of mangoes were seized from […]

Food Contact Regulations Update in Colombia

Back on 15 July 2020, Colombia’s Ministry of Health and Social Protection extended the current emergency technical resolution concerning the migration of lead and cadmium from ceramic and glass food contact materials into food, originally enacted in July 2019. This was set to only be valid for one year. The resolution has now been extended […]

A Truly Bitter Herb

The European Commission’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) Portal shows a notification about the use of olive leaves in oregano in Turkey. Addition of cheaper bulking agents to herbs and spices is a common way of achieving a higher profit margin for pricier herbs. The olive leaves were classified as an unauthorized […]

African Swine Fever Detected in Germany

African Swine Fever (ASF) has been confirmed in Germany in a wild boar that was deceased at the time of testing.  Germany is Europe’s largest pork producer, so this positive ASF test result triggers concerns about pork market disruption and pricing pressures.  ASF is transmitted to wild boars and pigs but does not affect humans.  […]

Sweetener Trends During a Pandemic

Recently several food and beverage trade magazines have featured articles about high intensity sweetener trends during the coronavirus pandemic.  Sweetener producers say that the pandemic has promoted extremely high demand for artificial sweeteners with CPG customers doubling or tripling orders.  Stevia and monkfruit remain popular, but both can have perceivable off notes associated with melon […]

Friday’s Feature 18 September 2020

Have a wonderful weekend! “I go to Nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.” ~~~Frank Lloyd Wright~~~   Posted 18 September 2020

What’s in a Label?

Do you ever wonder what you need to have on a label vs what is voluntary?  If you put everything you can think of on the label, it might look a little like the word cloud on the left! Decernis has Market Entry Reports for over 40 countries.  These reports specify mandatory and voluntary labeling […]

Japan Bans Use of “Artificial” and “Synthetic” Additive Descriptors

Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) has announced a revision to the Food Labeling Standards under which sweeteners, colors and preservatives are no longer to be supplemented with words such as “artificial” and “synthetic” when they are declared by their function name on the food label. Food flavorings can only be collectively declared as “Flavors” without […]

Oklahoma Battle Over Plant-Based Meat Products

Oklahoma’s new Meat Consumer Protection Act is due to take effect on November 1 and is garnering legal action from at least one plant-based meat manufacturer.  The new law which was supported by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association permits plant-based products to use descriptive “meaty” terms on their labels such as meat, bacon, beef, etc.  However, […]

British Government Advocates Calorie and Salt Reduction

The British government has published new voluntary calorie reduction guidelines for the food industry and is encouraging businesses to implement them.  The government cites scientific evidence that being overweight can increase health risks from Covid-19.  Obesity is thought to be a factor in the severity of the pandemic.  In addition to the calorie guidelines, the […]

India Issues Regulation on Contaminants, Toxins and Residues

In August, the FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) notified gazette publication of the First Amendment Regulations 2020 which are related to limits for contaminants and toxins.  This notification further amends the Food Safety and Standards Regulation, 2011 which deals with metal contaminants, aflatoxin and mycotoxin and updates tolerances for heavy metals and […]

Canada Publishes List of Anticaking Agents

Last month Canada published the “List of “Permitted Anticaking Agents” as part of its List of Permitted Food Additives.  The list sets forth authorized food additives for the purpose of reducing the adhesion of particles to maintain favorable food texture.  It is incorporated by reference in The Marketing Authorization for Food Additives That May Be […]

EU to Delay Organic Implementation

Earlier this month, the European Commission announced that due to the covid pandemic it will delay implementation of the new EU organic regulation.  The implementation will be delayed for a period of 12 months to January 2022.  The EU also launched a public consultation on its future Action Plan on Organic Farming.  The Commission has […]

Flavoring Substances No Longer Supported by EFSA

Earlier this month IOFI (International Organization of the Flavor Industry) announced that eight substances will no longer be supported for further evaluation by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).  The substances are ones that have had no significant volume reported for the regular global poundage survey, and no companies have expressed specific interest in these substances […]

Saudi Arabia Boosts Food Security

Two state-owned Saudi companies, SALIC and the National Shipping Carrier of Saudi Arabia, have formed a joint commodities venture called National Grains Company.  The first phase will focus on the storage, handling, and trade of grains in the region.  The venture also plans to be involved in the import, transport, and distribution of grains as […]

Australia GHS Labelling Requirement

Australia will begin a two-year transition to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals Revision 7 (GHS 7) on January 1, 2021.  GHS requirements were originally introduced in Australia in January 201 and then implemented in a stepwise fashion.  Safe Work Australia has created a dedicated website outlining the transition and has […]

Vermont Composting Law

As of July, a mandatory law requiring Vermont residents to compost food waste took effect.  The new legislation, called Act 148 (The Universal Recycling Law), bans food scraps from trash bins along with clean yard debris.  It is now illegal to throw away food scraps such as organics like eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables, bones, etc. […]

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