Advertising authority criticises food companies
The UK Advertising Standards Authority is to crack down on
companies making "false and misleading" claims about the benefits
of organic food.
Tuna labelling amendment rejected
A court in California on Monday rejected an attempt by the Commerce
Department to weaken the "dolphin-safe" labelling standard, which
prohibits the use of large, encircling nets to capture tuna.
New measures to fight scrapie in France
The French government on Tuesday adopted measures to prevent the
spread of disease among sheep and goats and lowered the age
threshold for "mad cow" disease testing of cattle entering the food
Intensive biosecurity to control foot and mouth threat
The UK government introduced new measures on Monday to contain what
it described as a worrying outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in
northern England, saying some of the country's largest pig herds
were under threat.
EU's strategy to reduce dioxin in food and feed
The European Commission has put forward to the Standing Committee
on Foodstuffs and the Standing Committee for Feedingstuffs
proposals to limit the presence of dioxin in food and feed.
No StarLink traces in pig tests
After a round of tests on the safety of unapproved StarLink corn as
animal feed, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries has found no evidence of health risks from pigs fed on
the biotech product.
Tigher rules for sausage labelling
Europe tightened labelling rules for sausages and preserved meat
products on Thursday when it endorsed a proposal to introduce a
stricter definition for the term "meat".
Swine fever - France bans all Spanish pig imports
France has decided to ban all imports of live pigs and pork
products from Spain after new cases of swine fever were detected
New cases of foot-and-mouth in Brazil
Nine new cattle showed clinical signs of foot-and-mouth disease in
Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state, over two months since the virus
hit state farms in May.
ANZFA reviews first irradiation application
The Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) called for a
second round of public consultation for the irradiation of herbs,
spices, herbal infusions, peanuts, almond, cashews and pistachio
Radioactivity in foodstuffs, FSA calls for comments
The UK Food Standards Agency is currently seeking views from the
food industry on the European Commission's proposal to introduce
legislation controlling radioactivity in foodstuffs.
Protective measures to protect against BSE
As an effort to keep BSE out of the food chain, a new certification
system to determine the condittions under which beef and beef
products may enter Australia is to take effect on September 16,
Beef industry supports nutrition labels for meat
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) announced that it
supports the federal government's proposed fresh meat nutrition
Philippine gov hunts out harmful soy sauce
Philippine Trade and Industry Secretary Manuel Roxas sent
government teams to grocery stores nationwide to search for
imported sauces, which British health authorities say contain high
levels of chemicals that cause cancer if taken...
Strict soy labelling from September
The Chinese government's new standards on soy sauce, designed to
give Chinese consumers information about a potential cancer-causing
compound, will be officially implemented Sept. 1, 2001.