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EFSA publishes its opinion on the safety data of Cannabidiol as Novel Food

The EFSA has published its analysis of the literature data concerning the safety of Cannabidiol (CBD) as a novel food. EFSA has issued this statement, summarizing the state of knowledge on the safety of CBD consumption and highlighting areas where more data are needed. According to EFSA Panel, many human studies have been carried out […]

Probiotics for obesity: a new clinical trial

This randomized, double-blinded and placebo-controlled study examined the effects of MED-02, a combination of two Limosilactobacillus fermentum strains (MG4231 and MG4244) in overweight or obese subjects. 100 participants have been recruited and received the placebo or MED02 (5 x 10(9) CFU/day) for 12 weeks. Reductions in body fat mass (-1166.82 g vs. -382.08 g; p […]

A new ingredient containing casein, iron and phosphate recognized as safe by EFSA

EFSA has published a scientific opinion on iron milk proteinate, a combination of casein, iron and phosphate. EFSA was also asked to address the bioavailability of iron from this source. The novel food is produced from iron salts (ferric chloride and ferric sulfate), sodium caseinate and potassium orthophosophate. It contains 2.4% iron. The available studies […]

Candy Shortage May Be a Halloween Trick

Hershey warns of a possible Halloween candy shortage as the company continues to face global supply chain challenges. The announcement was made during a global earnings call at the end of July, and the company stated it would not be able to fully meet projected Halloween consumer demand this year. Halloween candy production began in […]

New Zealand Plans to Regulate Supplements Via Self-Assessment

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health announced it intends to regulate natural health products (NHPs) via a self-assessment / declaration process. The Ministry has been drafting the Therapeutics Goods Bill for a while and recently unveiled the market authorization process for therapeutic goods. There are four parts to the bill each designed to achieve an optimal […]

Proposed Ruling Could Impact Organic Egg Industry

This month, the Biden administration proposed a US rule that could change the organic egg industry.  The proposed rule requires farmers to give egg-laying chickens outdoor access in order to earn the label “organic”. The long-awaited proposal published by the USDA would eliminate loopholes that let egg producers install open air porches on henhouses instead […]

Seeing Red about Food Fraud

The detection of unapproved, toxic dyes in fast food and street food in India is on the rise. Illegal red dyes such as Rhodamine B are used to give tomato and chili sauces a deeper red color. In this study, more than half the samples contained Rhodamine B, a known carcinogen Stay up-to-date on food […]

Updated Quarterly Food Safety and Food Fraud Newsletter

Our quarterly newsletter will provide an overview of food safety and food fraud issues that occurred in the first half of 2022. We will share highlights from Ingredient Risk Identification by HorizonScan™ , as well as highlights from the Food Fraud Database. We hope that you will enjoy our updated quarterly newsletter! Sign up here.  […]

French Mustard Shortage Continues

France is in the throes of a mustard shortage that will likely continue for several months. Many shops and markets in France impose a one mustard per customer limit and are still facing empty shelves that are normally stocked with various types of mustard. Extreme heat and drought decimated the mustard seed crops in Canada […]

USDA Calls Salmonella an Adulterant

On August 1, the USDA’s FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) announced salmonella will be classified as an adulterant in certain types of breaded chicken and stuffed raw chicken products. The announcement is a shift in longstanding policy and marks the start of a broad agency effort to curtail sickness from salmonella which currently sickens […]

Food Safety and the legal status of Tara (Caesalpinia spinosa)

Tara or Nickernut is a tree native to Peru, with tara gum used as a thickener and dye for industrial and culinary uses. It is rich in tannings and fiber, and promoted for health and wellness purposes. However, Tara in any form does not have GRAS status (Generally Recognized As Safe) under FDA rules, and […]