France to ban use of titanium dioxide in pastries by the end of 2018

FRANCE - The French government has intensified campaign against titanium dioxide used as a pigment to bring a bright and smooth white appearance to pastries or confectionery or to opacify yogurt and ice cream, according to FoodingredientsFirst. The country is debating to ban the use of titanium dioxide as an additive in recipes by the…

Alcohol makers adopt new advertising rules to discourage underage drinking

KENYA - Alcohol manufacturers in Kenya have agreed on new advertising rules in their marketing campaigns that aim to discourage underage drinking, according to Business Daily. Along the new rules, the Alcohol Beverages Association of Kenya launched a code of conduct for members who may risk penalties if they fail to adhere to the new…

Tesco to remove “Best Before” dates from fruit and veg label to cut on food waste

UK - The British grocery store Tesco has announced plans to ditch ‘Best Before’ dates from its own label fruit and vegetables as part of the supermarket’s move to reduce the amount of edible food going into waste and eventually landfill. These include almost 70 fruit and vegetable lines for apples, potatoes, tomatoes, lemons and…

UK sugar reductions fail to reach target set by the government

UK - The food industry has failed to meet a sugar reduction target, which was to cut 5% of sugar by August 2017 as set by the government, a report by Public Health England (PHE) has found. PHE found that for retailers’ own brand and manufacturer branded products there has been a 2% reduction in total…

USDA appoints administration officials to its food safety agency

USA - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the appointment of Carmen Rottenberg and Paul Kiecker to the positions of administrator and deputy administrator respectively within USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). “Providing all Americans access to a safe and secure food supply is one of USDA’s critical missions,” said Secretary Perdue.…

WHO unveils new plan to eliminate use of trans fats in food

USA - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled a new plan to eliminate the use of trans fats, calling for the gains made against the harmful acids in richer countries to be spread worldwide. Industrially produced trans-fatty acids, such as margarine and some hardened vegetable fats, are popular among food producers because they are…

Starbucks and other roasters to serve coffee with acrylamide cancer warnings

USA - A California judge has ruled that coffee sellers and vendors in the state have to serve coffee with acrylamide cancer warnings; these include bigger coffee makers such as Starbucks. According to the judge Elihu Berle’s ruling, Starbucks and other coffee makers did not show that the risk from consuming acrylamide, a possible cancer-causing…

FDA extends its deadline for Nutrition Facts compliance by 18 months

USA - The Food and Drug Administration will extend the compliance date for the updated Nutrition Facts panel by 18 months, according to a final rule published in the Federal Register. Manufacturers with at least US$10 million in annual sales will need to have the new label by 2020, and smaller manufacturers will need to…

Rwanda ban on fruits from SA remains on issues around Listeria

RWANDA - Rwanda’s ban on fruits and other agric produce imported from South Africa remains standing until South Africa confirms that it has been able to control the listeriosis spread that has claimed 180 lives, report New Times. While Rwanda produces avocado, tree tomato, banana, passion fruits, mango, oranges, most of its apples are imported…

Cargill invests US$17.2m in Ontario poultry plant

CANADA - Cargill Protein has invested US$17.2 million in state-of-the art chicken processing technology at its Ontario facility in a determination to ensure humane handling of food animals. To address customers and consumer concerns on animal welfare, the firm has installed a Controlled Atmospheric Stunning (CAS) system to be replacing electric method, attributed to convulsive…