US FDA approves a GEA technology aseptic rotary blowing machine

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded GEA a letter of no objection (LONO) for its ABF 1.2 technology, an integrated blowing, filling and capping solution featuring a fully aseptic rotary blowing machine. According to GEA, that is the only system equipped with a 100% aseptic blower that is allowed to…

France to introduce penalty system for packaging made of non-recycled plastics

FRANCE - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic. The project is part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official told Euractiv. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said…

Food safety agency starts framing GM food regulations after trace ingredients found

INDIA - The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said it has started framing regulations for genetically modified (GM) food after trace in trace ingredients were found present in products. According to FSSAI, the regulations covers procedures for safety assessment and approval of foods such as imported items that are genetically modified based…

UAE issues new labeling and licence regulations for dairy and beverages

ASIA- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) cabinet has issued regulations for the dairy, beverages and juice categories, requiring licencing of companies as well as proper labeling of the products to ensure conformity to standards. The two regulations cover the UAE regulatory system for the monitoring of milk and dairy products, and on the monitoring of…

UK Food and Drink Federation says manufacturers input prices to rise after Brexit

UK - The UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published the second of its new quarterly business confidence surveys revealing that more than three-quarters of manufacturers expect input prices to rise in the remainder of 2018. According to FoodingredientsFirst, more than half of those polled had seen increased ingredient costs (62%), increased packaging costs…

FDA to enforce regulations against use of cannabidiol in plant-based foods & beverages

USA – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have reported that it plans to enforce regulations against the use of cannabidiol (CBD) in plant-based foods and beverages. According to the administration, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a revised FAQ in which it prohibited the use of CBD derived from industrial hemp in…

Domino’s implicated for not passing on lower GST rate benefits to consumers

INDIA - Domino’s Pizza, a restaurant chain operated by Jubilant FoodWorks in India is under investigation by anti-profiteering authorities for not passing on goods and services tax (GST) benefits to consumers after reducing and slashing the rates on several products. According to anti-profiteering provisions, companies were to pass on any benefits from a lower GST…

Local banks commit US$915m to the one district one factory (1D1F) project

GHANA - Ten local banks have committed a total of US$915.03 million to fund the one district one factory (1D1F) programme, a government of Ghana policy that aims to create employment while enhancing industrialization, GNA has reported. The funding will help in the implementation of the project which has already started for 37 factories under…

Government extends subsidy to cooperatives to allow more pay per litre of milk

INDIA - The state government of Maharashtra has ordered cooperatives to pay farmers US$0.36 per litre of cow’s milk, an increase from the previous US$25 to US$0.28 paid per litre to end the dairy farmers’ strike, reported ET Retail. According to dairy development minister Mahadev Jankar, the government will extend its subsidy to US$0.073 per…

FDA says sale of recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal still ongoing

USA - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has announced that the recalled Kellogg Co Honey Smacks cereal was still being sold at retail outlets and warned consumers not to purchase the product, according to Reuters. Kellogg company had voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential…