China Reshuffles State Council Structure; Your Familiar Food Ministries Will Disappear

Posted by Yolanda Li on Mar 19, 2018


On March 17, 2018, the 13th National People’s Congress approved the institutional restructuring plan submitted by China State Council. In the plan, ministries are decreased by eight and State Council agencies are decreased by seven. Food-related ministries and bureaus will be reshuffled as follows.

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European Union: Nutritional Labeling For Alcoholic Beverages

Posted by Aleksa Soldatic on Mar 14, 2018

On March 12, 2018,  the alcoholic beverage industry submitted a self-regulatory proposal to the Commission and presented it to Commissioner Andriukaitis.

One year ago, the  European Commission adopted a report to the European Parliament and the Council regarding the mandatory labeling of the list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration of alcoholic beverages. This report is based on data collected by the Commission through Member States and stakeholders consultations.

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Topics: Nutrition, Labeling, alcoholic beverages, European Union

Nigeria's Standard Organization Reviews Soft Drink Standards and Develop Standards for Energy Drinks

Posted by Kanimozhi Kajamohideen on Mar 12, 2018

March 11, 2018: The Standard Organization of Nigeria has emphasized the need for Nigeria to determine safe benzoic acid levels in soft drinks or consider alternative preservatives.

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Topics: Nigeria, Benzoic acid, soft drinks, energy drinks, preservatives

India: 2018 Notice for Operationalization of Food Safety and Standards Amendment Regulations

Posted by Kanimozhi Kajamohideen on Feb 23, 2018

On February 20, 2018, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India notified under Section 16 (5) of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 a change regarding operationalization of Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labeling) Amendment Regulations related to the labeling of blended vegetable oil.

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Topics: India, FSSAI, Packaging, Labeling, blended vegetable oil

New Amendment For Mexico Additives Regulation

Posted by Ofelia Medina on Feb 20, 2018

On February 9 and 14,  2018, 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 in the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) website.

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Topics: Mexico, Food Additives, food regulation

New Zealand Releases 2018 Version of Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds

Posted by Lifan Luo on Feb 19, 2018

On February 16, 2018, New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industry has released “Food Notice: Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds 2018” in schedule 1 of the Food Notice.

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Topics: New Zealand, agricultural compounds, Residues in food

Thailand Food & Drug Administration Announces New Guidelines for Use of Probiotic Microorganisms in Food

Posted by Kanimozhi Kajamohideen on Feb 9, 2018

On February 8, 2018, Thailand's Food and Drug Administration announced new guidelines for use of probiotic microorganisms in food. This guideline explains the legal process for the use of probiotics.

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Topics: Thailand, Probiotics, Microorganisms

Taiwan: Use Restrictions and Labeling Requirements for Senna

Posted by Annie He on Feb 5, 2018

On Jan. 9, 2018, Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) Released the regulation governing “Use Restrictions and Labeling Requirements of Senna."  This new regulation shall come into effect on July 1, 2018.

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Topics: Taiwan, Senna, labeling requirements, TFDA, Food Ingredient

Food Safety and Standard Authority of India Drafts Amendments Related to MRL of Pesticides

Posted by Kanimozhi Kajamohideen on Jan 26, 2018

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Proposed amendment regulations: Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Amendment Regulations.

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Topics: FSSAI, Contaminants, Toxins, Food, Insecticide

Taiwan: FDA Strengthens Labeling Management in Health Food

Posted by Annie He on Jan 24, 2018

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On Dec. 29, 2017, Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) released a regulation governing “Items shall be labeled in Health Food." This new regulation went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

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Topics: health food, Labeling, Taiwan

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