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EU traceability requirements rank top in global table of food safety regulations

European Union countries rank highest when it comes to global food traceability regulations and requirements, according to a new report from The Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC).

EU organic rules may mean certified food is not truly organic, warns ANH

The Alliance for Natural Health suggests that non-organic inputs may be used in EU organic production until 31st December 2017 and call the public to action in support of true...

EU farmers given €125m aid to help battle impact of Russian sanctions

EU farmers will receive financial aid of up to €125 million to help them cope with the impact of Russia's ban on most Western food imports, said the European Commission.

EU ban on Israeli settlement dairy 'destructive' to Palestinian relations

A European Union (EU) ban on dairy products from Israeli settlements it deems illegal could have a "destructive" impact on Israeli-Palestinian relations, the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has claimed....

Slovakia warns against ‘meaningless’ sanctions as EU crisis talks over Russian export ban begin

Ahead of today’s EU-wide crisis talks on Russia’s ban on Western foods, the Slovakian prime minister has warned the EU against more ‘meaningless’ sanctions that could threaten economic growth....

Chasing the elusive ‘Green Fairy’: Absinthe row erupts in Switzerland

Swiss absinthe producers from Val-de-Travers are attacking a Swiss federal court ruling that could deny their region a national monopoly on the terms ‘absinthe’, ‘fee verte’ and ‘la bleue’.

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Uni of Bonn conducts ‘innovation impact’ EU health claims survey

The University of Bonn is asking all European Union food sector stakeholders to give input into the effect the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) is having on innovation...

EU announces 2014 fishing quota deductions

Ten EU Member States that exceeded fishing quotas in 2013 will face reduced quotas for stocks in 2014, says the EC.

New Zealand

‘Huge gaps’ identified in government’s food policy

New Zealand government is failing to act in 74% of its recommended food policy areas, with “major gaps” identified by researchers.

‘Sin taxes’ are regressive and impose middle class values on the working class: Economist

‘Sin taxes’ as a strategy to curb consumption of foods high in salt, fats and sugar are regressive and disproportionately costly for businesses and consumers, according to an economist from...

Breaking News

Russia steps up food fight: Official ban on food imports signed by Russian PM

The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced a complete ban on the import of beef, pork, fruit, poultry, cheeses and milk from the EU, US, Australia, Canada and Norway,...

If France moves towards US-style class actions, innovation will be stifled: Lawyer

Plans to expand the scope of class actions in France could be part of a wider trend towards group claims of damages to health as seen already in the US,...

FIC helps drive gluten-free mainstream, says Coeliac UK

Gluten-free EU labeling laws now fall under the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulation – a shift that will help push the category into mainstream food, says the CEO of...

Guest article

EU health claims – lining functional coffins or an unseen silver lining?

The EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) put many health-related product marketeers noses out of joint. But having survived two years since legislative enforcement, are we now witnessing a...

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Morrisons ad banned for promoting poor diet

A Morrisons ad has been banned for encouraging children to eat less healthily.

ASA upholds Honey Nut Shredded Wheat 'no added sugar' complaint

Cereal Partner UK's advert for Honey Nut Shredded Wheat is misleading in its use of a 'no added sugar' claim meant for its Shredded Wheat Original counterpart, the UK’s Advertising...

New advice and infographic for SMEs

FIC update: UK publishes advice for SMEs on food allergen labelling

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued technical guidance to help small and medium-sized (SME) businesses comply with new rules on allergen labelling and information, which take effect later...

EFSA rejects French move to ban GM crop in Europe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said French documentation supporting the country's attempt to ban Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize in Europe contains no new information or scientific basis...

EFSA issues food enzyme guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued new guidance on the information that must be submitted as part of an application to put a food enzyme on the market...

EU-US trade agreement may undermine global food security

The TTIP free trade agreement between Europe and the USA could undermine local support for smallholders in developing countries and exacerbate the global food crisis, warns a German NGO.

‘Important changes’ as gluten-free label laws move under FIC

Rules on gluten-free labeling have been published under the EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation, and there are some important changes for the future, says the Association of European...

Plain packaging pay out to Mars would ‘certainly not be trivial’, says Institute of Economic Affairs

Mars in 2012 wrote to the UK’s Department of Health to express concern over the potential impact on branding and intellectual property rights should tobacco plain packaging policy be extended to...

FSA study shows country of origin labelling is accurate

An investigation in to the origin of foods claiming to be from the UK and Ireland has found that such claims on labels are accurate, says the UK Food Standards...

Nutrition Facts Panel could help bakers with sodium-nutrient ‘balancing act’

The Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could fuel more micronutrient fortification in baked goods, helping the balancing act between sodium and nutrients, says the American Bakers Association (ABA).

'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work, says EU report

Taxes imposed on sugary, salty or fatty foods do lead to reductions in consumption, says the European Commission in a new report. But higher taxes could also encourage consumers to...