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.

 

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 … Continue reading “FSMA: Meaning of Misbranded Foods”

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

FSMA: The Meaning of Adulterated Foods

Here is what the US Congress defined as “adulterated” food in the context of the Food Safety Modernization Act. US manufacturers or US importers of foreign manufactured foods can be criminally liable to knowingly introduce adulterated food into interstate commerce. This includes food and beverages that: …contain poisonous or insanitary ingredients or substance that lead to injurious health, including undeclared … Continue reading “FSMA: The Meaning of Adulterated Foods”

April 19, 2016 Posted in German Food Blog

Five Ways to Get Your New Products on the Shelf

Selling food and beverages in the United States or Canada is an expensive endeavor. Here is a comprehensive list of your “costs of doing business” to consider before you make the first appointments with importers, brokers, wholesalers or retailers: Competitive analyis. Don’t waste your retail buyer’s time. Before you send your standard sales brochure, pause and think.  You better know … Continue reading “Five Ways to Get Your New Products on the Shelf”

April 19, 2016 Posted in German Food Blog

From Field to Fork – New Ways to Feed The World

If you think that foods comes from a supermarket, don’t bother to read on. If you are interested in why we need to – and how we can – change our ways to plant, grow, harvest, process, deliver and sell food, this post is for you. Click on the links to get additional information on the topics… Co2 Increases Plant … Continue reading “From Field to Fork – New Ways to Feed The World”

March 3, 2016 Posted in German Food Blog, Nutrition and Health

Eat well, sleep well, eat better

Sleep is not just vital for mental fitness but also to keep a healthy waistline. Getting enough sleep is the next frontier to a healthy lifestyle. In Germany alone, close to 50% of survey respondents complained about sleeping problems, while one out of seven takes sleeping pills at times. Consumption of sleeping pills increased five-fold over the past two decades. … Continue reading “Eat well, sleep well, eat better”

September 30, 2015 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

Food Safety Modernization Act – Update

It took five years from the president’s signature to the publication of the final rule. Now it’s here: as of September 2015, the first final rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) comes into force. In the following, we’ve summarized the most significant aspects of the FSMA rules and how they may impact producers, exporters and the import community … Continue reading “Food Safety Modernization Act – Update”

July 28, 2015 Posted in Flavor Trends, German Food Blog

The sixth taste: fat

“Wir essen, was schmeckt” (we eat what tastes good), as determined by the nerve cells in the mouth (flavor) and the nose (aroma). While the nose is able to pick up thousands of aromas, the mouth only feels sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory (umami) – so we thought. New research suggests there’s a sixth taste profile: oleogustus. In other … Continue reading “The sixth taste: fat”

April 11, 2015 Posted in German Food Blog

When the soil disappears

Ever heard of the “Global Soil Week,” which took place during the first week of April? Do you care? After watching these videos, you likely will. Good, fertile, unpolluted, and available top soil, which is essential to grow food for humans and animals, disappears at such alarming rate, that all of humanity needs to listen and change ingrained attitudes and … Continue reading “When the soil disappears”

February 13, 2015 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

As NON-GMO Label Thrives, Calls for Mandatory Labeling Get Louder

As sales of non-GMO labeled products eclipsed $10 billion in 2014 and continues to pace at double digit growth, consumer and food industry advocates pressure the FDA and USDA to provide a clear guidance to what and what not constitutes foods free of genetically modified organisms. Current definitions and mandatory labeling laws vary from state to state, potentially leading to … Continue reading “As NON-GMO Label Thrives, Calls for Mandatory Labeling Get Louder”

December 31, 2014 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

2015 Trend: New Era for International Trade

A nation’s economic prosperity depends on open and free trade with other nations and the international community is trying hard for the past 60 years to lower trade barriers, alas, with mixed success. The latest attempt to establish global free trade, administered by the Word Trade Organization, dubbed the Doha Round, went nowhere. So, the main economic centers are now … Continue reading “2015 Trend: New Era for International Trade”