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Organic and free-from in rude health as shoppers study labels

Sales of free-from and organic foods have rocketed in Europe as more and more shoppers spend time looking at labels in order to identify “guilt free” purchases, according to new data from Euromonitor International.

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Swedish food agency issues guidance on free-range egg labelling

The Swedish National Food Agency has said that the labelling of free-range eggs could be compromised by bird flu, causing free-range eggs to now be labelled as 'free-range inside'.

Voluntary certification schemes essential to meet SDG targets, say WWF & ISEAL

Voluntary sustainability standards covering everything from palm oil to fish and tea to sugar will play a significant role in helping food businesses meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new analysis by WWF and ISEAL published this week.

EU Parliament passes CETA trade deal

MEPs have voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada in Strasbourg today with 408 votes in favour and 254 against.

Vegetable juice in a traditional pastry? French consumer group slams industry's 'marketing jargon'

The value of terms such as home-made, artisan and traditional has been lost to clean label jargon and marketing, says French consumer group Que Choisir. Is it time for a legally-binding EU definition?

EU seafood survey: 28,000 polled. Italians most adventurous

Most Hungarians never buy fish, adventurous Italians are most willing to try new species, Greeks wants more on-pack origin information and one third of Europeans have no preference for wild or farmed fish, according to a survey by Eurobarometer.

'Swap Auchan for Kellogg, Liebig for Maggi': French consumer group compiles salt-savvy meal plan

Consumers should look closely at "hidden" salt levels in processed food and choose nearly identical products that are healthier, says French consumer group QueChoisir after comparing 132 foods for salt content.

UMFHA tells fake manuka honey to buzz off

The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) has developed a system that uses compounds to validate manuka honey as genuine, after a rise in fake manuka honey was sold in UK markets.

Smarter than a sweetener? Flavour enhancer matches sugar's mouthfeel & sweetness

OmegaSweet is a natural, flavour-enhancing ingredient that not only replaces sugar's sweetness but mimics its mouthfeel in beverages - a smarter way to reduce sugar ahead of the UK's sugar tax, says the company behind it, Omega Ingredients.

FDF: 'It's an interesting concept and worth exploring'

Exercise labels are more effective than standard nutrition info for healthy eating, say researchers

'Exericise labels' that say how much physical activity is needed to burn off the calories in food are significantly more effective in encouraging healthy eating than standard nutrition information, according to a new study.

Portugal to trial origin labelling for milk

Portugal will go ahead with compulsory origin labelling on milk, cheese and other dairy products, the country's minister for agriculture confirmed this week.

Insect innovation: Getting the right flavour and texture for your product

As Switzerland prepares to legalise three insect species for food, we talk to one Finnish researcher on the best ways to process mealworms and crickets to get the optimal flavour and texture profile.

Fresh concerns over titanium dioxide safety as study prompts French re-evaluation

The French government has ordered a safety reassessment of white food colouring titanium dioxide after scientists say they have shown "for the first time" that nanoparticles in the food additive are spread around the body.

Don’t tax sugar – just sweeten the deal for healthy snacks, say campaigners

The 'Don’t tax healthy' campaign, started by OPPO ice cream, is fighting for UK tax breaks on low sugar foods, saying a system of incentives for healthy alternatives should come before penalties.

Bird flu could halt free range egg production, warn MEPs

Outbreaks of bird flu throughout Europe could put a stop to free range eggs as safety precautions make meeting the labelling requirements impossible, Dutch members of the EU parliament have warned.

Get ready for bespoke snacking experiences on a mass scale, says Mondelez chocolate innovator

Snacking is about to get personal with food manufacturers using technologies such as visual and 3D printing to scale up bespoke eating experiences, according to Gil Horsky, global innovation leader at Mondelēz International.

Firm fights 'lax and meaningless' Swiss Made law with watch made of cheese

A Swiss watchmaker is protesting against the loopholes in the country's ‘Swiss Made’ law with a novelty 100% Swiss watch made from cheese. "Our response to this lax and insufficient label is derision," says the CEO of H. Moser & Cie.

More Germans want to see animal welfare logo, says Ministry of Food & Agriculture

The number of Germans who look for animal welfare logos on meat products is rising, according to a 1000-strong survey commissioned by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, which gives a glimpse into the nation's changing dietary habits and preferences. 

Inaccurate vitamin D labelling a worry for infant-targeted supplements & foods

Fortified foods and supplements designed for infants could have significantly less – or more – actual vitamin D than the amounts labelled, however most products do fall within acceptable EU ranges, say Dutch researchers.

What's in a name? Product legality, as UK updates food naming guidance

The UK's Department for food, the environment and rural affairs (DEFRA) has updated guidance on food product naming to make the complex and potentially hazardous field more user-friendly for manufacturers.

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