Hong Kong Consumer Council discover carcinogenic substances in biscuits

CHINA – An analysis by the Hong Kong Consumer Council has found cancer-causing substances in all 60 pre-packaged biscuits tested with a majority displaying misleading nutrition labels. The biscuits contained the genotoxic carcinogens glycidol or acrylamide or both, which are contaminants produced during processing. These cancer-causing contaminants often emerge when processing certain ingredients, such as palm oil, at high temperatures. Among the Top 5 biscuits with the most cancer-causing agents were Malaysian favourites such as Hup Seng Special Cream Crackers, Ritz Crackers Cheese Flavoured Sandwich, Jacob’s Original Cream Crackers 93%…

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UK’s allergen labeling policy Natasha’s law finally comes into force

UK – UK industry’s first food allergen labeling policy, popularly known as Natasha’s Law, meant to help people suffering from food allergies, intolerances and coeliac disease make safer choices when buying food, has finally come into effect. The new policy, which was introduced after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died as a direct result of the consumption of a pre-packaged baguette which contained sesame seeds but did not declare allergens on its packaging, compels businesses to label all food that is prepacked for direct sale with a full list of ingredients. The list…

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Study finds more labeling information increases purchasing appeal of GM foods

CHINA – Chinese researchers have found that increasing the information in labels of Genetically Modified Foods (GMF) can increase the consumers’ willingness to buy them as they will be more informed about the benefits attributed to the GMFs. Most current studies have confirmed that the consumer attitudes and purchase intention toward GMFs are not good. The study was conducted to match the consumers’ different information processing mechanisms by adding marketing information clues and regulating their purchase intentions by contradictory attitudes towards GMFs. The marketing clue information was divided into two…

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South Africa’s food inspectors hunt down misleading food labelling culprits

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s  Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department) has directed food inspectors and those of designated assignees to follow up on misleading or incorrect food labelling in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act (APS Act) of 1990. The notice overturns a previous instruction, that had inspectors ignore such labelling, emanating from a 2020 meeting between the Directorate of Food Safety and Quality Assurance of the department and the head of the trademarks division at the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC).…

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FSIS seeks public opinion on labeling of cell cultured meat, poultry

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments and information regarding the labeling of meat and poultry products made using cultured cells derived from animals under FSIS jurisdiction.  FSIS will use these comments to inform future regulatory requirements for the labeling of such food products. “This ANPR is an important step forward in ensuring the appropriate labeling of meat and poultry products made using animal cell culture technology. We want to hear…

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Salmonella outbreak linked to BrightFarms’ salad greens, Green Dining Table Inc. recalls frozen pork dumplings

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with Center for Diseases and Prevention Control (CDC), state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections concomitant to the consumption of BrightFarms’- an indoor farming company that specializes in providing locally grown packaged salads – Sunny Crunch packaged salad greens manufactured in the firm’s Rochelle, IL facility. Interview data and shopper card records indicate that six people ate or bought manifold types of BrightFarms brand salad products before they got sick. FDA’s traceback investigation identified…

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Health Canada amends nutrition, list of ingredients, food color requirements in pre-packaged food products

CANADA – Health Canada, a department of the Government of Canada responsible for national health policy and also Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), has revised the nutrition labeling, list of ingredients, and food color requirements of the Food and Drug Regulations in Canada Gazette Part II on Dec. 14, 2016 with the changes to be implemented on a 5-year schedule. There are new requirements regarding the legibility of ingredient lists and food color declaration, grouping of sugars in the list of ingredients, various changes to information contained in the Nutrition…

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FSSAI orders name change for Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil

INDIA – India’s food statutory body, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a directive for amendment in the nomenclature of ‘Blended Edible Oil’ which was recently renamed as ‘Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil’. According to the direction, the ‘Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil’, a term which came into effect on June 8, 2021, after the FSSAI had earlier notified the same in the official gazette, will now be referred to as ‘Multi Sourced Edible Oil’.  The term ‘vegetable’ was removed after the apex food regulator got…

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USDA to conduct review of product of USA meat label

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) is set to initiate a top-to-bottom review of the “product of USA”(POTUSA) meat label to enable a comprehensive, effective and lasting rule-making on the topic, following the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) vote to strengthen its enforcement of the “Made in USA standard.” The USDA has implied that they together with FTC had received several comments on this issue, and comprehend that the current “Product of USA” label on meat products, may no longer effectively serve either of those purposes, to the detriment…

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FSSAI new menu labelling laws targets food restaurants

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has stretched its labelling regime to restaurant chains operating in multiple states, obligating them to furnish consumers with information about food items displayed on their menus, like the calorific value, allergen details, nutritional information and health warnings. The provision encompassing restaurant chains has been incorporated into the newly enacted 2020 Food Safety and Standards labelling and display regulations. FSSAI’s move is expected to give a hard time to most of the restaurant chains as the new requirement is not…

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