EU – Japan Free Trade Agreement

Posted by Aleksa Soldatic on Dec 11, 2017

The EU has finalized negotiations for a trade agreement with Japan. EU firms already export over €58bn in goods and €28bn in services to Japan every year. But European firms face trade barriers when exporting to Japan which make it hard for them to compete.

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Topics: Free trade, Japan, EU

New Amendments to Mexico Additives Regulation

Posted by Ofelia Medina on Dec 8, 2017

New amendments to the “Agreement that determines additives and adjuvants in food, beverages and food supplements, their use and health standards – DOF 16/07/12” were published to the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) website on November 12 and 15 and December 8 of 2017. The additions listed below of new substances and/or functions for existing substances published in these amendments were approved by the Secretary of Health to be use in certain food categories.

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Topics: Food Additives, Mexico, COFEPRIS

South Korea Releases New Food Labeling Regulation

Posted by Xianying Cui on Dec 7, 2017

On December 6, 2017, The Korean Food and Drug Safety Ministry (MFDS) released an updated consolidated regulation to the current food labelling in order to provide consumers with clearer information on food safety. The new legislation is expected to go into force on January 1, 2020.

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Topics: Korea food labeling, food code, non-alcoholic beverages, South Korea, food regulation

2017 Codex Alimentarius Updates on Contaminants

Posted by Nevena Vujosevic on Dec 1, 2017

Codex Alimentarius has published a new consolidated version of CODEX STAN 193-1995 General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed on November 29, 2017. The standard is the result of the 40th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), which was held in July of this year in Geneva.

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Topics: Food Contaminants, Codex Alimentarius, Codex standards

New European Union Organic Regulation

Posted by Aleksa Soldatic on Nov 22, 2017

The Council and the Commission gave the green light for the new regulation, which will affect organic agriculture. Once adopted, the new rules will go into effect on January 1, 2021.

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Topics: Organic Products, Food Regulatory, EU

How South Korea Food Code Regulation Will Become More Sound

Posted by Xianying Cui on Nov 20, 2017

On November 17, 2017, the Korea Ministry of Food and Drug (MFDS) proposed the revision of the general regulation of food standards and specifications ‘Food Code and Specification Regulation’ (Food Code).

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Topics: Korea food code, livestock code, food specification

Food Safety and Standard Authority of India Notifies of Revised “General Standards for Milk and Milk Products”

Posted by Kanimozhi Kajamohideen on Nov 17, 2017

In this regulation Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Thirteenth Amendment Regulations, 2017 as well as Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on sales) First Amendment Regulations, 2017 regarding restrictions on sale of cream will come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette. Food business operators must comply with all the provisions in these regulations by July 1, 2018.

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Topics: milk products, India, Dairy products and analogue, Infant Formula

Taiwan: Read Labels to Smartly Choose Dairy Products

Posted by Annie He on Nov 14, 2017

There are a variety of dairy products in the supermarket: fresh milk (鮮乳), sterilized milk (保久乳), flavored milk (調味乳), and many more.

In order to make it easy for consumers to identify different categories of dairy products, Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) released provisions on names and labeling requirements of dairy products “Regulations Governing the Product Names and Labeling of Prepackaged Fresh Milk, Sterilized Milk, Flavored Milk, Milk Drink, and Milk Powder”.

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Topics: Taiwan, dairy products, milk products

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Calls for Submission of GMO Foods Derived From Cotton Line GHB811

Posted by Lifan Luo on Nov 10, 2017

On November 9, 2017, FSANZ called for submission of food derived from herbicide-tolerant cotton line GHB811. This cotton line is genetically modified for tolerance to two herbicides, glyphosate and isoxaflutole. This submission will be end by 6 pm (Canberra time) on December 6, 2017.

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Topics: GMO, Cotton, Australia food regulatory news

Consultation on Labeling and Advertising for Infant Formula

Posted by Baviya Priyadharshini on Nov 2, 2017

On May 10, 2017, the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) released an inquiry result to understand the reasons for the significant increase in the prices of formula milk in Singapore in recent years.

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Topics: Infant Formula, Health Claims, Singapore, breast milk

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