Thank God it’s Friday! Quick news from the food world (Week 40)

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


– Sri Lanka suspends sale of Fonterra milk powder batches over illnesses, by Mark Astley+ , on Sri Lanka has suspended the sale of three batches of Fonterra-made Anchor milk powder after complaints of illness in children. The company is heavily criticizing the testing methods adopted by Authorities.


– Chocolate for the summertime: Hershey develops heat resistant chocolate, by Oliver Nieburg+, on Hershey has developed its own method to produce chocolate that can withstand hot climates following similar moves from Mondelēz, Mars and Nestlé.


– UK’s traffic light label is ‘negative’, says Commission, by Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn+ , 06-Oct-2014, on the UK’s traffic light label has incited more objections than the Nordic keyhole system because the former is more negative in its nutrition guidance, says the European Commission.

– Horsemeat rears its head again, as firm is fined £5,000, by Laurence Gibbons+, on Horsemeat has reared its head again after food import firm Expo Foods Ltd was fined £5,000, yesterday (October 2), after its pork sausagemeat was found to contain nearly 50% horsemeat.

– Does ‘history of safe consumption’ mean foods are safe?, by Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn+ , on proposals to create a separate process for novel food approval from countries outside of the EU will not see the market flooded with unsafe foods, a European Commission official told a concerned audience at a European Parliament workshop.

– Hot political potatoes: DG SANCO head talks suspended caffeine and bowel botanical claims, by Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn+ , on the pending health claims for caffeine and bowel-function botanical hydroxyanthracene are the “hot potatoes” being dealt with by EFSA and the European Commission, according to the head of the Commission’s unit for nutrition, food composition and information (DG SANCO).


– McDonald’s Japan forecasts big 2014 loss after food safety scare, on facing tough competition from domestic convenience stores, McDonald’s Japan had been suffering from weak demand even before the food safety scare, in which a major Chinese supplier of chicken meat was found to be in breach of safety standards. Now the company is also under pressure in Russia, where McDonald’s it is under the aim of retorsive measures for the economic sanctions imposed by Western countries.


– MEPS demand more action to stop spread of ASF, by Méabh McMahon, in Brussels, on the European Commission’s response to Europe’s African swine fever (ASF) crisis was criticised at the European Parliament yesterday (Tuesday 7 October) for being too weak.


– Is a new organization to define “natural” a good idea?, by Michele Simon, on a point of view about the discussed and abused term “natural” in US:


Rome – 27th October 2014 – Practical Seminar on FIC Regulation (Reg. EU 1169/2011)

On 27th October I will be in Rome for the following practical seminar on Food Information to Consumer Regulation, organized in cooperation with Certiquality.

The course will be at CENTRO CONGRESSI CAVOUR – VIA CAVOUR 50/A – 00184 Roma, a five minutes walk from Termini Railway Station and Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
 Roma Chiesa SantaMariaMaggiore facciata
The program will be the following:
9.15 The Regulation EU 1169/2011:

– main principles and changes to the food labelling regimes;

– possibility for Member States to adopt national measures;

10.45      coffee-break

11.00   Mandatory information and presentation

– allergens and cross-contamination issues

– legibility and presentation

– other mandatory information

– origin: the state of art

12.30   brunch

13.30  Nutrition declaration and voluntary indications (Claims):

– nutrition declaration: UK traffic light case study

– nutrition and health claims: a brief explanation of the two different regimes

15.15   coffee-break

15.30   Art. 7-8 Reg. EU 1169/2011, responsibilities, fair information practices and controls:

–  Responsibilities (art. 8 Reg. 1169/2011)

– Fair information practices (art. 7 Reg. 1169/2011)

– sanctions and official controls structure

16.30   Practical exercise (label compilation)

17.30   Final test

18.00  End of the course

CERTIQUALITY is a Certification Body, accredited to provide enterprises with certification services covering Quality, Environmental and Safety Management Systems, as well as Product Certification. CERTIQUALITY also operates on Food Safety, on auditing Data Security in the EDP systems, and on Professional Training.
Certiquality partakes IQnet(International Certification Network) and issued certifications across Europe, as well as in many other non-European countries.

I hope to see you there!