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“Natasha’s Law” will require all food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged food. The legislation, which will apply to England and Northern Ireland, is due to come into force by summer 2021.
DEFRA have issued advice for food producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers on the changes to food labels if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The rules for what you must show on food labels will change for some food and drink products if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 […]
The UK government is looking at how “tougher labelling laws” can protect allergy sufferers and close loopholes in labelling requirements. Regulators want to overhaul allergen labelling regulations with the aim of giving consumers more information on what is in the food they buy. An estimated two million people in the UK suffer from food allergies […]
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reclassified cannabidiol (CBD) as a Novel Food in a change that may mean CBD and hemp-derived food supplements cannot be legally sold within Europe. Whilst not an official ruling the recently-added submission to the Agency’s Novel Foods catalogue for the term ‘Cannabinoids’ now states, “…extracts of Cannabis sativa […]
The UAE Cabinet has implemented a blanket ban on the advertising of infant formula and other infant nutrition products, including follow-up formula and complementary foods. The marketing and advertising of other formula-related products,such as feeding bottles and teats, have also been banned. This regulatory update is based on a law that was passed in April […]
The Norwegian Consumer Council has criticised food manufacturers after eight out of ten bread products sold in Norway were found to be mislabelled, including errors in ingredients and allergens lists. A report conducted last year by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has found that 85% of bread products in Norway displayed errors or defects in […]
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has again called on the European Commission to stop the food industry from making misleading health claims through the introduction of nutrient profiles. According to the BEUC, the move is a decade overdue. According to the BEUC, it is common for foods and drinks “loaded with sugar, salt or fat […]
The UK will be forced to follow EU guidelines on food labelling and safety post-Brexit without being part of the decision-making process, according to an expert in food legislation. The UK will have no choice in following the EU’s example if it wants to continue to trade with the Single Market. While the UK would […]
The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) has developed a system that uses compounds to validate manuka honey as genuine, after a rise in fake manuka honey was sold in UK markets. A new method of authenticating manuka honey using signature compounds has been discovered by UMFHA and Fera Science UK, as they move to […]
European retailers have welcomed a draft EU report on food waste, reiterating its calls for for “smart legislation” that incentivises action to prevent food waste in the supply chain. Croatian Socialist and Democrat MEP Biljana Borzan’s draft report on food waste was endorsed by the European Parliament’s environment and food safety committee (ENVI) this week. […]
The UK’s Department for food, the environment and rural affairs (DEFRA) has updated guidance on food product naming to make the complex and potentially hazardous field more user-friendly for manufacturers. A spokesperson for DEFRA told us naming policies remained unchanged about using brand names, trademarks and other labelling practices. Firms which do not comply with […]
A lack of transparency behind the EU health claims approval process is stifling innovation and proving costly to businesses, the director of a global ingredients firm has claimed. The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) approach to evaluating the scientific evidence of health claims should be better communicated to make it easier for companies to meet […]