Regulation

Red Tractor

FSA probes third-party assurance schemes

By Elaine Watson

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a probe into third-party assurance schemes such as the Red Tractor and Lion Eggs standard in a bid to understand the extent to which they improve compliance with food legislation.

Two must become one

Two must become one

By Professor Jeya Henry

At 12 minutes past eight on the morning of February 3 1783, Antoine Lavoisier placed a guinea pig in an ice machine.


Scorch and burn Coalition

Scorch and burn Coalition

By Julian Hunt

Phew, what a scorcher! Not the weather, but the blistering pace at which the Coalition has set about delivering a programme for government during its first 100 days. 


Clare Cheney

Which God made the seven-day milk rule?

By Clare Cheney

The European Parliament’s (EP’s) call for milk labelled as ‘fresh’ to be under seven days old raises the question of the meaning of ‘fresh’ in relation to any food.


Web health claims likely target in UK online crackdown

Web health claims likely target in UK online crackdown

By Shane Starling

New Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) powers to monitor and adjudicate on online marketing materials will place web-based messaging for healthy foods under serious scrutiny for the first time, with many likely to fall foul of the agency’s guidelines,...

Ecclefechan Tart

Ecclefechan Tart and Ayrshire bacon perfect for PGIs?

By Elaine Watson

Ecclefechan Tart, shortbread, Scottish wild venison, Ayrshire bacon and several regional preserves and speciality cheeses are all prime candidates for EU protected name status, according to a new report.

EFSA rejects soy protein-cholesterol health claim

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects soy protein-cholesterol health claim

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a negative opinion to a health claim submission linking soy protein and reduced LDL cholesterol.

sweetcorn

FDF: Resolve legal limbo on 'no added salt' claims

By Elaine Watson

A clutch of widely-used nutrition claims from ‘no added salt’ and ‘low-Gi’ to ‘10% less fat’ remain in a state of legal limbo as discussions over whether to allow them under the health claims Regulation drag on.

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