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.


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 the word as umbrella term for all fruit preserves and jams. Yet, European and German law mandates that only citrus-based preserves may officially be called Marmelade   Konfitüre (engl: fruit preserve or jam): This words leans on the French la confiture and stands for jams with … 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 birth defects or other reproductive harm and requires all businesses to notify Californians if chemicals in the products they sell exceed the threshold levels determined by the authorities. For example, food manufacturer will have to place warnings on the label if the product contains more … 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 Vermont and foods shipped into Vermont. Thus, the burden of checking and labeling rests with distributors and retailers. The food industry has a grace period of 6 months. After January 1, 2017, non compliance can be costly. Accordingly,  many US importers and their distribution customers … Continue reading “The Right to Know GMO: Vermont Law C.P. 121”

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

FSMA: Letter of Guarantee, Affidavit

As governmental oversight and enforcement in the US becomes stricter and potentially more costly for US importers, wholesalers and retailers, foreign manufacturers will be asked to vouch for the safety and label compliance of their exported products. That’s why more and more industrial and retail customers in the US request a legally binding Letter of Guarantee or and Affidavit from their foreign suppliers that they do not ship adulterated or misbranded food – as defined by the Food & Drug Administration. Similarly, the increasing wave of lawsuits in California due to non-compliance with Prop 65, or the potential wave of … Continue reading “FSMA: Letter of Guarantee, Affidavit”

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

FSMA: Meaning of Misbranded Foods

Here is what the US Congress defined as “misbranded” food in the context of the Food Safety Modernization Act: Should misbranded food knowingly introduce misbranded food into interstate commerce cause a danger to the health and lives of people, the responsible US manufacturer or US importer of foreign manufactured foods will be held financially or criminally liable. In the vast majority of cases, misbranded food has to be pulled off the shelf which also can be costly, especially for small companies. Increasingly, imported food that does not comply with US labeling laws, will be stopped at the border. As governmental … Continue reading “FSMA: Meaning of Misbranded Foods”