Health Canada Adds Two New Gums in the Permitted List of Food Additives

Posted by Baviya Priyadharshini on May 16, 2018

On May 8 and 14, Health Canada released two new amendments for the List of Permitted Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing or Thickening Agents.

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Topics: Food Additives, gums, stabilizing agent, thickener, emulsifier, Health Canada

Taiwan: Harmonized Sanitation Standard For Contaminants And Toxins In Food

Posted by Annie He on May 9, 2018


On May 8, 2018, Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) issued an announcement on promulgation of   “Sanitation Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food," which will take effect on January 1, 2019.

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Topics: Taiwan, Contaminants, Toxins, TFDA

EU Adopts New Amendments To Additives Legislation

Posted by Aleksa Soldatic on May 8, 2018

On May 4 and 7, the EU parliament adopted two Regulations that amend Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 16 2008 on food additives.

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Topics: Food Additives, limits, EU, legislation

US FDA Nutrition Facts Panel Labeling Update Notification – Compliance Dates

Posted by Suzana Tripologos on May 7, 2018

On May 4, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration announced an extension (approximately 1.5 years) to the compliance dates regarding the final labeling rules that appeared in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016 for the United States.

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Topics: USFDA, Food Labeling, Nutrition, Nutrition Facts Label

Korean Positive List System (PLS) Progress

Posted by Xianying Cui on Apr 19, 2018

On January 1, 2019, Korea will enforce the Positive List System (PLS) to all whole agricultural products except pesticides in agricultural products which are registered domestically or scientifically proven to import. The MRLs of those pesticides will follow one standard which is less than 0.01ppm. This rule has been applied to seed and nut products and tropical fruits since December 31, 2016.

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Topics: food code, PLS, Korea, agricultural products

EU Adopts Two New Amendments To Vet Drugs Legislation

Posted by Aleksa Soldatic on Apr 9, 2018


On April 3 and 4 2018, the EU parliament adopted two Implementing Regulations that are amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 on pharmacologically active substances and their classification regarding maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin.

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Topics: vet drugs, European Union, legislation

China and USA Trade Relations Strained; Impacts USA Imports to China

Posted by Yolanda Li on Apr 4, 2018

On April 2, 2018, China State Council announced that, “China suspends the tariff reduction notice on a range of American imported products” in response to the US tariff decision on China imported steel and aluminium.

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Topics: China, MOFCOM, tariff, United States

Taiwan Amended Regulations on Nutrition Labeling for Prepackaged Food Products

Posted by Annie He on Apr 2, 2018


On March 31, 2018, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) released the Amendment on “Regulations on Nutrition Labeling for Prepackaged Food Products". The amendment took effect immediately.

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Topics: Taiwan, Nutrition Facts Label

Nigeria's Standard Organization Issues Public Notice on Product Authentication Mark (PAM)

Posted by Kanimozhi Kajamohideen on Mar 26, 2018

The Standards Organization of Nigeria notified the general public of the introduction of PRODUCT AUTHENTICATION MARK (PAM) on all locally manufactured and imported products into Nigeria from the second quarter of 2018.

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Topics: Nigeria, Product Authentication Mark (PAM), import

Scotland's Minimum Pricing for Alcohol Goes Into Effect in May 2018

Posted by Dusan Ristic on Mar 26, 2018

The recent order on alcohol pricing has finally put an end to a five-year-long discussion on the minimum pricing for alcoholic beverages. Even though the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) Act was approved already in 2012, it was challenged by the Scotch Whisky Association for breaching EU law. The UK Supreme Court cleared the challenge in November last year, paving the way to application of the Act from May 1, 2018.

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Topics: Scotland, alcoholic beverages, pricing

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