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Revisions to U.S. Grade Standards for Various Processed Vegetables under Consideration

14 Aug 2018

Interested parties may submit input through 12 October on a proposal to revise the voluntary U.S. grade standards for canned lima beans, canned mushrooms, pickles and green olives....Read More

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ECHA Calls for Evidence on Hazardous Substance Used in Food Contact Materials and Electronics, Among Other Products

10 Aug 2018

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has issued a call for information on uses of Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and related substances. Norway is currently preparing an EU-wide r...Read More

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Registration Period for Food and Medical Device Facilities Approaching

8 Aug 2018

U.S. and foreign food and medical device facilities that do not properly renew their registrations with the Food and Drug Administration can be locked out of the U.S. market. Renewals for both types o...Read More

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China Increases Oversight of Dairy Sector in Drive Towards Domestic Self-Sufficiency

2 Aug 2018

With the hope that 70% of the country’s milk requirements will be met through domestic production by 2020, China is looking to strengthen the oversight of its dairy industry, while also calling on far...Read More

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Fresh Tea and Juice Vendors Face Heightened Oversight

27 July 2018

Vendors of freshly-made tea and/or vegetable and fruit drinks now face greater responsibility with regard to product safety, while also being liable for more regular inspections and audits, under new ...Read More

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European Commission Amends List of Substances Permitted in Plastics Coming into Contact with Food

13 July 2018

On 5 June 2018, Commission Regulation 2018/831 was published in the EU’s Official Journal. The new Regulation outlines amendments to Commission Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles int...Read More

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INDONESIA: Clampdown on Child-Targetted Condensed Milk Products Announced

9 July 2018

It is now illegal to promote sweetened condensed milk (and its derivatives) as nutritional dairy substitutes for children or infants....Read More

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Food Labelling Q&As Published with a View to Assisting Business Operators of Foodstuffs

29 June 2018

On 8 June 2018, a European Commission guidance on the EU law related to food labelling was published in the Official Journal. The name of the publication is the “Commission notice on questions and ans...Read More

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PHILIPPINES: High-Sugar Content Drinks to Carry Mandatory Health Warnings

25 June 2018

The potential health risks of sugar-sweetened/energy drinks are to be highlighted on all relevant product labelling....Read More

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Food Manufacturers Get More Time to Eliminate Partially Hydrogenated Oils

8 June 2018

The Food and Drug Administration has extended the compliance dates for certain uses of partially hydrogenated oils, which the FDA has determined are not generally recognised as safe for any use in hum...Read More

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Hong Kong and Mainland China Again Certified to Export Shrimp to the U.S.

25 May 2018

The State Department has certified 39 nations and one economy, including Hong Kong and mainland China, as meeting the requirements of Section 609 of Public Law 101-162, thus allowing them to continue ...Read More

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Compliance Dates for Updated Nutrition Labels on Packaged Foods Postponed

25 May 2018

The Food and Drug Administration has extended for about 18 months the compliance dates for final rules updating the “Nutrition Facts” label for packaged foods and making minor corresponding changes to...Read More

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Proposed Regulations on GMO Labelling Issued

25 May 2018

The USDA is seeking comments from interested parties by 3 July on a proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016. U.S. law prohibits stat...Read More

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New EU Law Proposed on Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain

18 May 2018

On 12 April 2018, the European Commission proposed a Directive on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain. The food supply chain is identified as...Read More

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Seafood Import Monitoring Program to Take Effect for Shrimp and Abalone

11 May 2018

The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that shrimp and abalone will be subject to the reporting, recordkeeping and permitting requirements of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program effecti...Read More

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Updated Registration Requirements for Overseas Infant Formula Milk Manufacturers

13 April 2018

New requirements related to all overseas manufacturers of imported infant formula milk products have been issued by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA)....Read More

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Some Imported Live Animals Get Exemption from Foreign Supplier Verification Programme

13 April 2018

The Food and Drug Administration announced on 21 March steps to make the importation of certain live animals less burdensome....Read More

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FDA Recognises Second Accreditation Body under FSMA

29 March 2018

The Food and Drug Administration reports that American National Standards Institute is the second accreditation body to be recognised under the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program....Read More

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Effect of Brexit on Food Laws and How Hong Kong Traders of Foodstuffs May Be Affected

23 March 2018

The European Commission has published a notice titled “Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU Food Law”. It points out that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK establish...Read More

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European Commission Amends Regulation on Food Contact Materials

9 March 2018

On 8 February 2018, new Commission Regulation 2018/79 entered into force. The new Regulation adds conditions and restrictions regarding certain plastics, uses and substances for food packaging. This n...Read More

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