Thank God it’s Friday! Quick news from the food world (Week 46)

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

CHINA

– Experts respond to food safety amendment, by Ted Chen on The China Post.

EU

– ECDC publishes 2013 surveillance data on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial consumption in EU, by K. Weist and L. Diaz Hogberg, on Eurosurveillance: on the occasion of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EEAD) on 18 November 2014, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has released 2013 data on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial consumption in Europe.

– M&S rolling out action plan to combat campylobacterby Vince Bamford on The Grocer: Marks&Spencer is putting in place a five point action plan to reduce campylobacter in poultry.

– UK bird flu strain confirmed as H5N8, by Georgi Gyton+, on Globalmeatnews: the recent outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the UK has been confirmed as the H5N8 strain of the disease – the same as the outbreaks in the Netherlands and Germany this month.

USA

– CSPI asks FDA to add sesame to list of allergens, mandate labeling, by Elizabeth Crawford, on Foodnavigator-USA: FDA should protect the estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Americans who are dangerously allergic to sesame by mandating the ingredient be labeled clearly when in foods and when products are made on the same machinery as foods with the ingredient, the Center for Science in the Public Interest argues.

– General Mills settles ‘100% natural’ Nature Valley lawsuit; does not admit liability, by Elaine Watson+, on Bakeryandsnacks: General Mills has agreed that it will not use the term ‘100% natural’ to describe Nature Valley bars that contain certain ‘artificially produced’ ingredients in order to settle a long-running false advertising lawsuit.

Thank God it’s Friday! Quick news from the food world – Week 37

Here’s my selection of articles for the week:

CHINA

– Regulating China’s Food Supply Chain: From Farm to Fork (Part 1)by Paul O’Brien;

– Approval system stopping supplements from reaching Chinese consumers, by RJ Whitehead on foodnavigator-asia.com, 18-Sep-2014: Chinese food authorities are stopping many of their citizens from gaining access to the best quality health supplements as a result of their onerous approvals process, according to one British company.

EU – CAFFEINE

– Scientist fires EU coffee warning ahead of EFSA caffeine publication, by Ben Bouckley+ on beveragedaily.com, 19-Sep-2014: a high-profile scientist warns that any move by EFSA to recommend lower upper levels of caffeine consumption below 300mg/day could be ‘very harmful’ for the EU coffee industry, ahead of a key publication.

GERMANY

– German appeal court rejects ‘natural’ vanilla suit against Ritter, by Oliver Nieburg+ on confectionerynews.com, 15-Sep-2014: a German appeal court has ruled that Ritter Sport’s vanilla flavor in its whole hazelnut product is correctly labelled after consumer group Stiftung Warentest challenged it.

UK

– Food fraud uncovered at fish and chip shops, by Rod Addy+ on foodmanufacture.co.uk, 15-Sep-2014: food fraud is rife in fish and chip shops, with one in six fish samples bought differing from what had been ordered, according to sampling conducted for consumer group Which?

– ASA bars smoothie web claim, by Rod Addy+ on foodmanufacture.co.uk, 19-Sep-2014: an internet smoothie ad has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for misleadingly exaggerating the amount of fruit portions it contained.

USA

– White House Calls for Action Plan to Address Antibiotic Resistanceby Lydia Zuraw, 18-Sep-2014, on foodsafetynews.com: The White House announced Thursday its plan to make the issue of antibiotic resistance a national priority.