Cranberry ingredient gets Korean UTI health claim
A cranberry ingredient from US firm Proprietary Nutritionals Inc (PNI) can be supported by a health claim in the Korean market, after the nation’s regulator approved a claim linking it to urinary tract health.
US trains Bangladesh on aquaculture safety
Experts from a US food safety watchdog are training scientists from Bangladesh on techniques to help eliminate health hazards from the country’s burgeoning aquaculture industry.
Advantame poses 'no risk' to Australian and New Zealand consumers, says FSANZ
The Food Standards Agency of of Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) says that intense sweetener Advantame poses no risk to consumers relative to its proposed usage in a range of foods.
China ‘blocks or destroys’ foreign foods and cosmetics
China's quality watchdog has destroyed or blocked the import of a wide range of foreign food and cosmetic products after concerns that they posed potential health risks.
Chinese investigation clears Synutra milk powder
The Chinese health ministry has found no link between Synutra International milk powder products and recent cases of premature breast development among infant girls.
Asian regulatory scene in spotlight in Hong Kong
Next week’s Nutracon Asia conference in Hong Kong will include a special one-day workshop on the regulatory state of play for dietary supplements and functional foods in Asia Pacific, giving case studies and showing areas of opportunity.
NZ kids warned off energy drinks
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) is advising parents that energy drinks and energy shots are not suitable for consumption by children and young teenagers due to caffeine levels.
FSANZ approves novel food sterol changes
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has backed a generic definition for phytosterols, phytostanols and their esters to replace the formulation-specific approvals that exist at the moment.
Australia ponders herbal product restrictions
The ongoing rethinking of the rules governing herbal products in Australia has highlighted more than 30 herbs for safety review, according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
FSANZ deems two GM food sources safe
The Australian and New Zealand food safety body has signalled that it sees no safety problems in the consumption of food from two new GM soy and corn crops.
GM-derived lipase set for approval in Australia, NZ
DSM’s lipase enzyme from GM Aspergillus niger is set to be approved by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, opening up opportunities for bakers to use it as a processing aid.
Australia may reclassify some weight loss drugs as foods
Mooted revisions to regulations governing drugs and supplements in Australia may see weight management products ruled by food regulations, where previously they may have been governed by drug law, TGA discussions have revealed.
Man arrested two years after Japanese tainted-dumplings scandal
A Chinese man has been arrested on suspicion of poisoning frozen dumplings in Japan two years ago.
New Zealand to merge food safety body into ministry
Plans are afoot to merge the New Zealand Food Safety Authority back into the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, 3 years after the risk assessor and risk manager were split out.
China vows further food safety clampdown
China has said its aim this year on food safety is to avoid any major contamination crises as it continues to struggle to impose national standards on food producers and processors.