Preparations for stricter regulations on food contact materials in China underway.
Tue29.12.1521:39

China Issues Draft Regulations on Food Contact Metallic Materials

The new Chinese regulations on food contact materials (FCM) are expected to be published in early 2016.

 

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Fri18.12.1509:28

SGS Partners with Biopremier Providing DNA Sequencing, to Reduce Food Fraud and Improve Safety

A new partnership between SGS and Biopremier, specialists in molecular biology and DNA sequencing, will deliver next generation sequencing (NGS) to the global food supply chain.

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Hazard analyses and preventive controls are some of the measures required by the newly finalized US FDA rules.
Tue08.12.1515:18

Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) finalized by US FDA

The USFDA has begun finalizing the rules that make up the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Publication of the first two of seven rules targets production and storage of human and animal food.

 

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Additional active substances for use in biocidal products approved in EU
Mon30.11.1515:39

New Active Substances for Use in Biocidal Products Formalized by EU

In September 2015, the EU announced four new Commission Implementing Regulations regarding the approval of Propiconazole, Folpet and Glutaraldehyde as active substances for use in biocidal products.

 

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Food safety awareness for the holidays
Mon23.11.1514:42

SGS Informs on Food Safety Issues in Holiday Recipes in the Holiday Season

By rigorously implementing food safety strategies using a program of continuous monitoring and improvement, safety gaps can be identified and rectified promptly, and holiday season pitfalls avoided.

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Canada sets MLRs for fungicide and herbicide
Thu22.10.1508:59

MRLs of Spiroxamine and Tembotrione in Foods Set in Canada

The Health Canada Pest Management Regulation Agency (PMRA) has published new MRLs for spiroxamine and tembotrione in foods. After consultation, the MRLs for both pesticides enter into force on July 22 and September 6, 2015,...

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Good manufacturing practices for food contact packaging regulated in Brazil
Tue20.10.1509:06

Good Manufacturing Practices for Food Packaging in Brazil

On 13 May 2015, Anvisa – National Regulatory Agency for Food in Brazil – launched a public consultation process for a new regulation on Good Manufacturing Practices for packaging material in contact with food.

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Biotoxins in shellfish regulated by Indian government
Thu17.09.1508:23

Indian Government Publishes Limits on Biotoxins in Shellfish

The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has amended the Food Safety and Standard Regulation 2011, by publishing limits for biotoxins in bivalve mollusks.

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EU decides on new pesticide MRLs for certain products
Tue15.09.1509:01

EU Updates Maximum Residue Levels for Certain Pesticides in Agricultural Products

On 22 July 2015, the European Union announced Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2015/1200 [1] amending Annexes II and III to Commission Regulation (EU) No. 396/2005 [2] with regard to Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for amidosulfuron,...

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Wed09.09.1509:45

The Seafood Industry Acts to Demonstrate Improved Sustainability

Along with food safety and quality, the seafood industry now considers the measurement of its sustainability as a driving force toward better management of natural resources, the health and safety of its workers, and the...

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New regulation on the labeling of GMO foods in Taiwan
Thu03.09.1509:00

Taiwan FDA Announces New Labeling Requirements for GMO Foods and Food Additives

The Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has amended three GMO labeling regulations, for prepackaged foods, food additives and unpackaged foods.

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There is a significant risk of mineral oil migration from recycled fibre-based packaging materials. (Image: Walki Group)
Fri28.08.1511:33

New Packaging from Walki Protects Food from Harmful Mineral Oils

Many packaged foods contain mineral oils, which are potentially unsafe for human consumption. Walki has developed Mineral Oil Safe Technology (MOST), an efficient extrusion coating that keeps mineral oil away from our food.

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Amended EU Regulation for PAHs in Traditional Fish Dishes
Wed26.08.1508:55

Annex to Regulation on Levels of PAH in Foodstuffs Amended by EU Commission

On 10 July 2015, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) No 2015/1125 amending Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 in regards to maximum levels for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in foodstuffs.

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New maximum lead level for foods of animal origin in the EU
Mon24.08.1510:23

Updated Maximum Lead Levels in Certain Foodstuffs in the EU

The European Union has announced Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2015/1005 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1881/2006 with regard to maximum levels for lead in certain foodstuffs.

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FDA Menu Labeling for Food Retailers
Thu20.08.1508:48

New US FDA Compliance Deadline for Menu Labeling Requirements

On 10 July 2015 the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) announced an extension to the “Nutritional Labeling of Standard Menu in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments” [1] that was published on 1...

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Tue18.08.1508:42

CCFN Welcomes U.S. Congressional Response Denouncing Geographical Indications Treaty Impacting Food Exports

The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) commends U.S. Congressional leaders for urging fixes to a treaty that could limit the use of generic food names in export markets and impact the sales of cheeses, meats, wines and a...

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EU amends MRLs of inorganic arsenic in rice products
Fri31.07.1510:58

EU Publishes Regulation to Amend Levels of Inorganic Arsenic in Rice Products

The EU published Regulation (EU) 2015/1006 amending Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 regarding maximum levels of inorganic arsenic in foodstuffs.

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Canada amends food labeling rules on nutrition facts panels and ingredient listing
Wed29.07.1510:13

Canada Announces New Food Labeling Format for Nutrition Facts Panel and Ingredient Listing

On 13 June 2015 the Government of Canada announced a new nutrition labeling format.

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US FDA revokes GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils
Mon27.07.1510:46

GRAS Status Revoked for Partially Hydrogenated Oils in Processed Foods

On 16 June 2015 the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) published a measure which will reduce Trans Fats in processed foods.

 

 

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US EPA defines new level of tolerance for thiram in or on avocadoes
Thu23.07.1510:04

US Environmental Protection Agency Reviews Maximum Residue Level of Thiram in Avocadoes

Regulation of 40 CFR 180.132 has been amended to establish a revised tolerance level for thiram in, or on, avocadoes.

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Image New Voluntary Qualified Importer Program under Food Safety Modernization Act
Tue21.07.1510:34

Food Imports – New Draft Guidance and Datelines for US FSMA Voluntary Qualified Importer Program

The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) has published their draft guidance for industry of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP).

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US FDA to add selenium on nutrient information of infant formula
Fri17.07.1507:12

Selenium to Appear on Nutrient Information Required for Infant Formula

On 22 June 2015 the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) published a measure which will add selenium to the required list for nutrients in infant formulas.

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Food contact material: Brazil defines its own Good Manufacturing Practices
Mon13.07.1509:23

Food Contact Materials - Brazil Establishes Individual Good Manufacturing Practices

Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency has notified the WTO Committee on Good Manufacturing Practices for companies that manufacture direct-food-contact packaging.

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China’s food safety management adds new requirements on food contact glass and ceramic.
Thu25.06.1509:01

China Tightens Food Safety Laws with Regulation on Food Contact Glass and Ceramic

The National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHFPC) released draft regulations for food contact glass and ceramic in February 2015. Now the public hearing period is over, the legislators...

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Tue23.06.1508:17

WTO Notified of EU Amendments to Regulations on Plastic Food Contact Materials

The European Commission informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) on April 29, 2015 about its intention to significantly amend Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 for Food Contact Materials (FCM) made from plastic. Highlights of the...

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