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Canada Allows Steviol glycosides in Nutritional Supplements Bars

Posted by Selerant RSA on Sep 9, 2016

Health Canada, the competent authority in charge for the food safety assessments in Canada, has allowed the use of Steviol glycosides as sweetener in nutritional supplement bars.

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Stricter EU Limit for Thiacloprid in Honey

Posted by Selerant RSA on Sep 6, 2016

The European Union published on August 10, 2016 the Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1355.

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China Publishes Draft Documents for Infant Formula Recipe Registration

Posted by Selerant RSA on Aug 29, 2016

On August 12, 2016, CFDA released two supportive documents for Administrative Measures for the Registration of Recipes for Formula Powder Products for Infants and Young Children: Application Materials and Requirements of Infant Formula Recipes’ Registration (Exposure Draft); The Inspection Points of Infant Formula Recipes’ Registration (Exposure Draft) (both in Chinese). They are open for comments until September 10, 2016.

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WTO Issues a Ruling on Russian Pork Ban

Posted by Selerant RSA on Aug 26, 2016

On August 19, 2016, World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a Panel Report on the measure introduced by Russian Federation on the importation of live pigs, pork and other pig products from the EU. Russia introduced this ban in 2014, justifying it with the incidence of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar in some of the EU member states.

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China: New Food Contact Materials and Additives in Food Containers Allowed

Posted by Selerant RSA on Aug 26, 2016

On August 3, 2016, China national health and family planning commission approved new additives sulfamic acid for food package material and two new food contact materials: methylmethacrylate-ethylacrylate-trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate copolymer and 1-Propanaminium, N,N,N-trimethyl-3-[(1-oxo-2-propenyl)amino]-, chloride, homopolymer.

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Australia: Changes in AgVet Chemicals’ MRLs

Posted by Selerant RSA on Aug 26, 2016

On August 24, 2016, Australian government, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority released Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code - Schedule 20 - Maximum residue limits Variation Instrument No. APVMA 8, 2016. It is a new variation to Schedule 20 - Maximum residue limits in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code - Schedule 20 - Maximum residue limits). The Standard Schedule 20 applies in Australia only.

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Stricter Rules for Online Food Trading in China

Posted by Selerant RSA on Aug 25, 2016

China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) published Measures for Illegal Activity Investigation for Online Food Safety (in Chinese) on July 13, 2016, which will enter into force on October 1, 2016. This measure is aimed at ensuring safety of food traded online. It puts emphasis on obligations of online traders and the responsibilities of third party platforms.

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Regulatory Updates from India

Posted by Selerant RSA on Aug 25, 2016

Below are some of the regulatory updates from India for the month of August 2016.

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New GMO Law in the US

Posted by Selerant RSA on Aug 24, 2016

The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (S. 764) was signed by President Barack Obama on July 29, 2016.  This law defines bioengineered foods and will require all U.S. food labels to declare if GMO’s are present in the product.  This newly signed bill overturns Act 120, which was the state of Vermont’s ruling that required the labeling of GMO products.

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Australia: Changes in Agvet Chemicals’ MRLs

Posted by Selerant RSA on Aug 22, 2016

On 26 July, 2016, Australian government, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority published a new version of Food standards code schedule 20 on maximum residue limits for chemicals (Australia Food Standards Code – Schedule 20 – Maximum residue limits) which is valid for Australia.

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