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US Hispanic cheesemaker Nuestro Queso commits to using rBST-free milk

US dairy Nuestro Queso has committed to using rBST-free milk in the production of its Hispanic cheese, cream and drinking yogurt.

Five colours are best for nutrition labels: French advisory body

A five-colour nutrition label is more effective than three, says French advisory body - but industry has slammed it as simplistic while critics say it is more confusing than traffic-light labels....

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Blue Bell to return by end of month

Blue Bell Creameries will begin distributing ice cream to selected markets from the end of the month.

Nestlé backs WHO breastfeeding stance

The world’s biggest infant formula maker Nestlé has backed a World Health Organisation (WHO) statement supporting exclusive breastfeeding of infants until the age of six months.

13% in some countries compared to 43% in SE Asia

Europe has world's lowest breastfeeding rates: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says rising obesity rates among mothers and ready availability and attractiveness of formula has left Europe with the world’s lowest breastfeeding rates.

Abbott moves to quash NY probe into 'potential deceptive advertising and marketing practices'

US infant formula giant Abbott has moved to quash a subpoena served by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) as part of an investigation into "potential deceptive advertising and...

FDA calls for info and reveals risk assessment for raw milk cheese

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling for information on cheese made from raw milk.

'No decisions' made on extension of financial aid for embargo-hit dairy farmers: EC

The European Commission (EC) has made "no decisions" on whether to extend financial aid for dairy farmers in European Union (EU) Member States worst hit by the Russian embargo....

Scotland backs bid to secure EU GI status for Cambus O'May cheese

Scotland is backing a bid to secure European Union (EU) Geographical Indication (GI) status for Aberdeenshire cheese, Cambus O'May.

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Kraft recalls cheese after consumer choking complaints

The Kraft Heinz Company is recalling Kraft Singles individually-wrapped slices after 10 consumer complaints about the packaging, including three of consumers choking.

Cypriot cheese names Halloumi and Hellim set to be granted PDO status: EC

The European Commission (EC) has published Cyprus' Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) application for Halloumi and Hellim.

“The comments received do not require any change to the conclusions of the NDA Panel.”

EFSA stands by CLA rejection

EFSA is standing by a CLA-weight loss health claim rejection despite an appeal that accused it of failing to evaluate submitted efficacy data from joint applicants BASF and Stepan Lipid...

European Commission looks to extend private storage aid for butter and SMP

Private storage aid (PSA) for butter and skimmed milk powder (SMP) - introduced by Brussels in the wake of the Russian embargo - looks set to be extended.

EFSA confirms safety of synthetic oligosaccharides in infant, follow-on formula

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed the safety of two synthetic oligosaccharides - opening the door for their use in infant and follow-on formula.

dispatches from codex alimentarius, geneva

Minimum cheese content remains unsolved in Codex standard

Minimum cheese content remained a controversial point in discussion of a standard for processed cheese at a Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting.

Cypriots come to 'common understanding' on PDO for Halloumi and Hellim cheese

The Republic of Cyprus and Northern Cyprus have come to a “common understanding” on the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status of Halloumi and Hellim cheese after talks with European...

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Charm Sciences test receives AOAC-RI approval

Charm Sciences’ aerobic count bacterial test has received AOAC-Research Institute approval.

dispatches from codex alimentarius, geneva

Dairy permeate powder standard work approved by Codex

An international standard on the identity, compositional quality and safety of powders made from dairy permeates has come a step closer.

New Zealand raw milk competition 'at risk' from Fonterra dominance: Westland

Competition for farm gate milk in New Zealand is "at risk" from Fonterra's market dominance, says Westland Milk Products.

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Blue Bell test production plan in Alabama

Blue Bell Creameries will begin test production of ice cream in Alabama in the next few weeks. 

DISPATCHES FROM CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, GENEVA

Consensus not reached by Codex on rBST standard

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has decided not to adopt a standard on draft maximum residue limits (MRLs) for bovine somatotropin after a mammoth debate during its 38th session.

Mead Johnson cow’s milk allergy ad claims 'had been substantiated’: ASA

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dismissed a complaint that challenged claims made in a Mead Johnson Nutrition advert on cow's milk allergy in infants.

India moves to establish melamine limits for infant formula

India has moved to establish a maximum limit for melamine in liquid and powdered infant formula. 

Protein World ad did not ‘shame women’: ASA

Protein World’s controversial ‘Are you Beach Body Ready?’ advert was not irresponsible, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.

Meal replacement regulation should consider consumers not just science: SNE

Any new regulation on total meal replacements should consider consumer expectations of taste and cost, not just science, says trade group Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE).

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