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UK FSA: "If you are interested in submitting a novel food dossier to the EU, we advise you to contact another EU member state..."

UK FSA closes door on novel food applications as austerity bites

The UK Food Standards Agency is no longer accepting novel food applications, a development one public policy expert says is “alarming”.

EU whole grain label laws could take over a year to define, says expert

Industry will meet with scientists next week in Vienna to start discussions on the future of pan-European whole grain labeling, but it’s likely to take more than one year to...

Transparency in food science

New EFSA chief-designate: ‘Our first priority is to get the science right’

The European Union’s central science agency must become more transparent to meet rapid technological change in food and agriculture, its likely next chief told the European Parliament this week. And...

News in brief

Andean Grain Products seeks EU novel food approval for chia seeds

Andean Grain Products has requested an opinion from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) on novel foods equivalence for its chia seeds.

Whey forward? Milk fat tax, dodgy tests and EU bureaucratic blocks

There is light at the end of the tunnel for a European whey wholesaler, as a long-running dispute over EU import duties on milk fat in whey protein is finally...

Candy counterstrike: Ukraine bans chocolate from Russia’s United Confectioners

The Ukrainian government has banned certain candy and chocolate products from part Russian state-owned firm United Confections.

Food Vision

Insect feedstock for pigs, chicken and fish production

Protein from insects is expected to be approved by the EU for use as feed for pigs and chickens over the next six months, according to a leading expert and...

Lactalis working to boost Bosnia-Herzegovina milk quality standards

Lactalis has teamed up with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in an attempt to increase the quality of milk in Bosnia-Herzegovina to European Union (EU) standard.

The clock is ticking: Act now on FIC label changes

Food businesses need to re-think their labels fast if they don't want to be caught out by the new Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulation, says RSSL.

Don’t tax my soda! Study shows consumers put choice first

First Lady Michelle Obama has called it “liquid sugar” and the World Health Organization warns that much of our sugar intake is “hidden” in processed food and beverages such as...

FOODEX 2014

Beware due diligence issues post-horsegate – lawyer

Due diligence has weaknesses and isn’t a perfect defence against food fraud, despite offering firms legal protection, Dominic Watkins, partner and head of food at law firm DWF has warned....

FOODEX 2014: LIVE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR

‘America sneezes - we catch a cold!’: Serving sizes and the UK war on sugar

A food industry panel chaired by former UK cabinet minister Michael Portillo has warned that the UK drive to cut sugar and salt levels in food and drink risks being...

Organic shakeup: EC proposals for stricter organic food laws aim to win back consumer trust

The European Commission (EC) has proposed new laws that will shake up the way organic foods are regulated, in a bid to address what it calls 'the shortcomings of the...

French parliamentary report pushes 'fast-food' tax

A French senatorial report has proposed a 'junk-food' tax on products that are linked to heart disease - with the report taking particular aim at soft drinks, which currently benefit...

Raspberry ketones on sale without novel foods approval

Novel foods such as raspberry ketones continue to be widely available for sale throughout the UK in weight loss products and dietary supplements, despite not being approved by the regulatory...

EFSA report outlines recommendations for improved food additives model

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) plans to revise the tool used to estimate food additive intakes on the back of stakeholder feedback and updates of food consumption in its...

Anti-GM protesters 'storm' EFSA headquarters

A group of anti-GM protesters forced entry into EFSA’s premises yesterday, in what the authority says was a bid to 'denounce' its role in assessing GMO applications in the European...

ECHA backs move to strengthen BPA classification

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has backed a proposal to strengthen the existing harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) of bisphenol A (BPA).

Dubai takes first step to become halal hub

With the international halal market worth over US$1tn, Dubai is moving ahead with long-hatched plans to position itself as a global halal hub. 

UAE date palm to be given UN honour

Along with the camel and the world’s highest tower, the humble date is one of the most enduring icons of the UAE, and soon it will be recognised for its...

Guest article

FIC: 10 Things You Should Do Now

‘The Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU 1169/2011 – also known as ‘FIC’), which will start to be enforced in December this year, will have a big impact on all...

GM food row: industry must tackle food security ignorance

If government and industry are to overcome unfounded opposition to genetic modification (GM) technologies, they should clearly communicate the challenges facing sustainable food production, the Prime Minister’s scientific advisers have...

Action on Sugar sketches sugar reduction plans

Sugar consumption could feasibly be reduced by 10% a year over the coming three to four years – without using artificial sweeteners or any other replacement ingredients, claims Action on Sugar.

FAO reports rise in GM material in non-GM food trade

Detection of genetically modified (GM) material in internationally traded non-GM food and feed has spiked in the past few years, interrupting trade and adding to food losses, according to the...

Rejected nano labelling law goes back to square one

The question of how to define and label nano-scale ingredients will return to the drawing board, after the European Parliament rejected the Commission’s proposed regulation on Wednesday.

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