German Food Blog

Look to this blog for nutrition and lifestyle trends, agricultural issues, and timely updates on FDA actions, trade regulations, and other matters affecting the market for German foods and beverages in North America.

 

January 13, 2017 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

Food Regulation 2017

A summary of regulatory changes and updates in 2017, as published by the FDA (US Food & Drug Administration), USDA (US Department of Agriculture) and TTB (Tobacco and Alcohol Tax and Tariff Bureau) in 2017. We provide a brief synopsis and comment under each link. The most important regulatory changes in 2016 Food label changes, … Continue reading “Food Regulation 2017”

November 8, 2016 Posted in For German-Speaking Exporters, German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

All About the FSMA Food Safety Plan – in German

Im Jahr 2011 verabschiedete der US Kongress und Präsident Obama den Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Dieses bahnbrechende Gesetz gibt der US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) grundlegend neue Befugnisse zur Überwachung und Regulierung von Lebensmitteln, die in den USA hergestellt oder vertrieben werden. Die Behörde brauchte immerhin fünf Jahre, um das Gesetz in umzusetzen. … Continue reading “All About the FSMA Food Safety Plan – in German”

August 6, 2016 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

Brief Introduction to German Fruit Preserve Regulations

Here is a brief introduction to the German fruit preserve law, the classifications and legally prescribed fruit content. Classification The official term for fruit preserves in German is Konfitüre (fruit spread).  Yet, in  German vernacular, you can find many other words: Marmelade (engl: marmelade): Derived from the Portugese word “marmelo” (engl: quince).  Most Germans use … Continue reading “Brief Introduction to German Fruit Preserve Regulations”

May 9, 2016 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

No Poisonous Packaging: California’s Prop 65

In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or … Continue reading “No Poisonous Packaging: California’s Prop 65”

May 9, 2016 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

The Right to Know GMO: Vermont Law C.P. 121

As the Vermont law Consumer Protection Rule # 121 comes into effect July 1, 2016, all food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) must be labeled accordingly or face a hefty fine. Food items containing less than 0.9% of GMO ingredients do not have to be labeled. This is true both for all foods grown in … Continue reading “The Right to Know GMO: Vermont Law C.P. 121”