Thank God it’s Friday! Quick news from the food world (Week 41)

Here’s my article’s selection for the week:


– They’re Making a List, They’re Checking it … 200 times ? : AQSIQ’s Imported Food Blacklist, by Paul O’Brien: China will strenghten official controls on imported foods by implementing a blacklist of food business operators with an history of violations.


– Bluetongue disease halts Romania’s live cattle, sheep exports to EU, by Jaroslaw Adamowski, on the Romanian government has decided to halt exports of live cattle and sheep to the EU following the outbreak of bluetongue disease in a number of the country’s counties.

– EU on charm offensive as Asean gears up for regulatory harmonisation, by RJ Whitehead, on to a backdrop of the Asean regulatory harmonisation process, a number of European Union officials have descended on Kuala Lumpur to attend a forum designed to apply the older bloc’s knowledge on the subject.

– EFSA backs non-digestible carbs for sugar reduction, by Lynda Searby, on EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has delivered positive opinions for two non-digestible carbohydrate ingredients based on their ability to improve blood glucose response.


– Top retailers pasting labels with new dates & selling expired products, by Abhitash Singh on some issues in India regarding not authorized extended expiry dates.


– Ma announces new food safety office, by Catherine Wei on The China Post: A food safety office will be established in the near future as part of President Ma Ying-jeou’s most recent bid to combat the tainted food scares that have shaken the nation over the past few months.


– FDA Asked to Ban Certain Chemicals Used in Pizza Boxes, Other Packaging, on the petitions target perchlorate, which is added to sealing gaskets for food containers and to reduce static in dry food packaging, and a family of chemicals known as long-chain perfluorocarboxylates (PFCs) that keep grease out of paper and paperboard, such as pizza boxes and sandwich wrappers.


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