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Nov 2022

The Center for Food Safety and a coalition of food labelling NGOs and retailers recently filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit challenging a ruling by a lower court that according to CFS allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue to use the term “bioengineered” and to exempt the majority of genetically modified (GMO) foods from the relevant labelling requirements.

Nov 2022

The FDA has issued a final rule designed to help the agency more effectively trace contaminated food, whether sourced in the U.S. or abroad. Under this rule, persons who manufacture, process, pack or hold foods the FDA has designated as high-risk and included on a new food traceability list will be required to maintain and provide to their supply chain partners specific information for certain critical tracking events in the handling of the food.

Nov 2022

The Food and Drug Administration has amended the colour additive regulations to provide for the expanded safe use of spirulina extract as a colour additive in various food and beverage products. This action will apply from 12 December.

Oct 2022

The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a final rule extending for one year, through 31 December 2023, the exemption period during which seafood import prohibitions under the Marine Mammal Protection Act do not apply. NMFS believes this extension will reduce further disruptions to trade and additional burdens on the supply chain.

Oct 2022

Taken as an unmistakable sign that Asia’s World City is gradually but irreversibly re-joining the rest of the post-pandemic world, the long-anticipated return of the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair was greeted with a certain amount of euphoria by exhibitors, attendees and authors alike.

Oct 2022

The State Administration for Market Regulation’s interim measures on quality and safety supervision and administration of food and food-related products will come into force on 1 March 2023. The new rules are aimed at ensuring enterprises discharge their responsibilities regarding food safety, bolster supervisory personnel, strengthen supervision and management of food quality and safety, and safeguard public health.

Oct 2022

The Federal Drug Administration has issued an updated guidance document on foreign food establishments and foreign governments that refuse inspection requests by the agency.

Oct 2022

As sanctions bite and consumers embrace frugality, lower-price private-label items become the first resort for resourceful Russian retailers.

Oct 2022

Starting from 1 November, enterprises involved in producing and handling food must employ food safety management personnel at a level commensurate with their scale and risk levels. The duties of the principal responsible persons must be made explicit.

Oct 2022

On 5 October 2022, the European Commission launched a public consultation aiming to revise the existing EU rules on food contact materials. Any future changes will impact on Hong Kong sellers to EU customers of items such as food packaging, kitchenware and tableware, as well as food processing equipment. The changes may also affect food sellers of pre-packaged foodstuffs.

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