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NZ opens up infant formula specifications for discussion

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has called on the food industry and interested parties to provide feedback on its proposed specifications for the manufacturing of infant formula.

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Not ‘normal’ enough, ASA tells ‘disappointed’ Danone Nutricia over infant formula claims

Danone’s Nutricia division has been rapped again for exaggerated infant follow-on formula claims, this time in conjunction with UK retailing giant Tesco.

EFSA’s live culture: Help agency revise its gut and immune health claim guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is calling for input from all stakeholders as it goes about revising its controversial gut and immune health claim guidance that dates back to 2011.

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Brownes Dairy fined AU$100k for Australian waterway milk pollution

Western Australia's Brownes Dairy has been fined AU$100,000 (US$94,000, €70,000) over a major spill of unprocessed milk into a waterway.

Cyprus halloumi PDO application leaves Turkish Cypriots uneasy

Cyprus has filed an application with the European Commission (EC) to secure protected designation of origin (PDO) status for halloumi - a move that's left Turkish Cypriot cheese makers uneasy.

Caribbean dairy fined for questioning safety of rival yogurt brand

Caribbean yogurt maker Societe Nouvelle des Yaourts de Littee (SNYL) has been slapped with a €1.67m (US$2.5m) fine for falsely questioning the safety and quality of a rival brand in...

EFSA proposes cut in maximum infant, follow-on formula protein levels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended slashing maximum protein levels in infant and follow-on formula, citing a lack of evidence supporting the need for such high protein intake.

Datalogic to supply packaging machine sensors for SMI Group

SMI Group has partnered with Datalogic to integrate its sensors in its bottling and packaging machines, which are delivered to F&B corporations including Carlsberg, Coca Cola, Danone, Heinz and Nestlè. ...

UN tightens regulation on lead in infant formula lead and arsenic in rice

The United Nation’s food standards body has adopted new maximum levels for lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice. 

Proposals don't consider a product's overall nutritional value, says professor

Former FDA commissioner: Nutrition Facts overhaul doesn’t go far enough

FDA proposals to overhaul the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels are “strong” and “likely to make an important contribution”, says former FDA commissioner David Kessler, M.D. “But I believe they...

UK ASA ruling

‘You, stronger?’ Not via EU-approved protein-recovery claims, ASA tells MaxiNutrition

The UK advertising watchdog has dropped a barbell on drug giant GlaxoSmithKline’s MaxiNutrition sports nutrition brand over “exaggerated” use of EU-approved protein-recovery claims.

Aspen withdraws S-26 follow-on formula over lizard contamination claim

A batch of S-26 Original Progress follow-on formula has been pulled from shelves in Australia after a consumer reported finding a dead lizard in a tin.

US dairies commit to voluntary pre-FSMA traceability guidelines

US dairies that between them process more than two thirds of the country's milk supply have committed to a set of traceability guidelines designed to help the sector meet the...

NMPF wants FDA to exempt dairy farms from extra regulations

Dairy farms would be ‘poor choice’ for terrorists, argues milk federation

Dairy farms should be exempt from the FDA’s proposed rule to protect the food supply chain from terrorism, says the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). 

Foreign object in Wensleydale cheese 'not yet identified' as tooth

British retailer Sainsbury's says it has seen no proof that a foreign object reportedly found in a block of Wensleydale Blue cheese sold in one of its stores is a...

French agency bucks EU with plant sterol-stanol cholesterol rejection

France’s food safety agency (ANSES) has put itself at scientific odds with the EU’s central food science authority by concluding data is lacking to back plant sterols and stanols for...

EFSA adopts essential infant formula composition opinion

EFSA has adopted its opinion on the essential infant formula composition following a period of public consultation which saw nearly 400 comments stream in on the likes of omega-3 form...

Marketing to children: Brand knowledge and BMI relationship ‘quite robust’

The more a child is familiar with logos and other images from fast-food restaurants, sodas and not-so-healthy snack food brands, the more likely the child is to be overweight or...

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Nestlé USA recalls 10,000 packages of ice cream

Nestlé USA is recalling 10,000 packages of Häagen-Dazs ice cream due to mismatched packaging which does not identify peanuts.

UK ASA Ruling

UK regulator turns ‘contrary’ over infant drink marketing, says campaigner

Danone Nutricia’s vindication from any wrongdoing in press adverts for Aptamil with Pronutra+ follow-on milk was described as “absurd” by Baby Milk Action (BMA), which filed a complaint with the UK’s Advertising...

Guest article

Product inspection tips for getting ahead of the competition

With so many product inspection systems available for the food supply industry, manufacturers and processors need to know which one is right for them and how to utilize it to its full...

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Fonterra never checked Sanlu's dairy products prior to deadly China melamine crisis, study warns

Decentralized milk supply chains were largely to blame for the melamine scandal that bankrupted China’s Sanlu in 2008, but its partner Fonterra's experience ‘did not appear helpful’ in stopping deadly...

2014 SPECIAL EDITION: DAIRY PRODUCT QUALITY TESTING

Five years 'reasonable time frame' for FAO DIAAS protein measurement adoption: Volac

It could take up to five years for the the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to adopt the Digestible Indispensable Amino Acid Score (DIAAS) protein measurement method,...

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National protection politics preventing globally-harmonized food safety: SGS

Protection politics - the employment of policies designed to protect domestic markets and stakeholders - are the single greatest barrier to harmonized worldwide food safety regulations, testing services provider SGS...

SNE chips in on EFSA’s infant formula draft opinion

Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) said it was disappointed that certain nutrients were deemed "unnecessary" in the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) recent draft opinion on infant formula. ...

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