Thursday, July 31, 2008

UK Food Standards Agency revised guidance for the use of the terms Fresh, Pure, Natural etc.

The UK’s Food Standards Agency has revised its advice on the use of labeling terms such as “fresh,” “pure,” and “natural.”

The revised guidance includes advice on the use of new terms, including include: farmhouse pâté, handmade, quality, selected, premium, finest and best. It also has new advice for some of the terms that were in the previous guidance – and advises against the use of some terms that can cause confusion.

For more information, click here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Saudi Arabia drafts new food safety law

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has drafted a new food safety law.  If passed by the Cabinet, the law will help ensure that all imported and indigenous foodstuff conforms with local specifications and as well as international standards.  (From the Saudi Gazette).

Monday, July 21, 2008

"Product of Canada" Labeling Requirements

Effective after December 31, 2008, "Product of Canada" Food Labeling Guidelines come into effect.  In brief, “Product of Canada” will require both the contents and processing be Canadian.  For foods that are processed in Canada, but contain imported ingredients, qualified “Made in Canada” labels will be available, such as "Made in Canada from imported ingredients."

The July 15, 2008 Government of Canada News Release is posted at

A Government of Canada Backgrounder entitled "Product of Canada and Made in Canada voluntary claims on food labels and in advertising" is posted at