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After a busy few months of new services, social responsibility issues and US and European regulatory updates, our experts deliver a roundup of the latest food industry news.

Western governments are introducing legislation to combat modern slavery and child labor. The food supply chain, with its global reach, has an important role to play. We summarize new legislation and some surprising statistics on the industry’s preparedness.

Regulatory updates for food safety are nothing new – but that doesn’t make the latest changes any less important. In the EU, food labeling rules issued under Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 will become compulsory on 13 December. Find out all you need to know to comply. Across the Atlantic Ocean, the US FSMA is possibly the most sweeping reform of US food safety laws in more than 70 years. SGS Global FSMA Program Director Hank Karayan explores the first steps to compliance.

Also in the USA, a federal law has been enacted the National Bioengineering Food Disclosure Law, providing countrywide protection and consistency for consumers. Jim Cook, SGS Food Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Manager explains in more detail.

With consumer organizations and retailers taking a zero tolerance approach to the issue of mineral oil hydrocarbons our team in Germany has established an accredited analytical method for their identification.

The seafood industry supply chain is complex and regulated, but NGOs, consumers and the media frequently knock its reputation for sustainability. We look at some of the issues and opportunities for improvement.

In the latest in our series of lab focus articles, we profile SGS’s food testing laboratory in Hong Kong.

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