The announcement from the US Food and Drug Administration of voluntary targets to cut sodium intake in the country caught your eye, as did news Russia could extend its embargo on certain food imports for over another year. Our M&A pages featured Unilever offloading another asset from its food and beverage business and Mexican dairy producer Grupo Lala adding to its operations.

Russia may renew food embargo again…

Russia’s agriculture ministry is drafting a decree that will extend the country’s ban on imports of a wide range of food imports from the EU, US, Canada, Australia and Norway until 31 December 2017.

… while making a tweak centred on baby food

The Russian government has decided to slightly relax its embargo on imports of food and agricultural products, with an adjustment centred on baby food.

WHO calls for action on food marketed to infants

The World Health Organization has called for the tightening of regulations that govern the marketing of food to infants and young children, including the marketing of follow-on formula.

US FDA sets out plan for new voluntary targets on sodium

The US Food and Drug Administration today (1 June) outlined its bid to reduce the average salt consumption from 3,400 milligrams per person per day to 2,300mg.

Italy to bring in origin labelling on dairy products

The Italian government has signed a legislative decree making origin labels mandatory for milk and dairy products sold in Italy.

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Lala expanding in the US with Laguna Dairy acquisition

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Unilever to sell soy drinks business Ades

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Hershey names Michele Buck to new role of COO

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France’s Elior Group to buy US foodservice supplier Preferred Meals

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Fonterra dismisses claims CEO Theo Spierings could exit

Fonterra has rebuffed talk CEO Theo Spierings may step down from the helm of the world’s largest dairy exporter.