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Ladislav Miko tipped as acting SANCO head, following chief resignation

The position of head of the directorate general for health and consumers (DG SANCO) will likely pass to Czech environmental politician Ladislav Miko following the resignation of Paola Testori Coggi,...

Challenges remain for salt reduction: Expert forum

The UK’s salt reduction programme has been hugely successful – but it has challenges ahead, according to experts speaking at FoodNavigator’s Salt Reduction Forum last week.

Food prices would rocket if pesticides banned

Food prices would rocket if pesticides were banned or their use severely restricted, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU); a claim hotly disputed by environmental pressure group Friends of the...

What constitutes responsible investment in the food sector?

Global governments and the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) have agreed a set of principles to guide agricultural and food system investments.

What’s top on the Commission’s food forum agenda?

The impact of ‘sin taxes’ on competitiveness and consumption habits, food prices, and sustainability were the key points on the agenda for the European Commission’s High Level Forum for a...

DG SANCO chief resigns following ‘sober’ disciplinary inquiry

Director general of the European Commission’s Health and Consumers unit (DG SANCO), Paola Testori Coggi, has resigned following an investigation into a breach of tender policy.

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Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia continues its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm oil (CPO).

EC considering aid for embargo-hit dairy farmers in Finland, Baltics

The European Commission (EC) is considering financial aid for dairy farmers in Member States hit hard by the Russian embargo, such as Finland and the Baltic states.

EFSA backs non-digestible carbs for sugar reduction

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has delivered positive opinions for two non-digestible carbohydrate ingredients based on their ability to improve blood glucose response.

Show us proof there aren’t slaves in your supply chain, UK gov tells big firms

The UK government wants big businesses to present annual evidence of the actions they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free.

Icelandic meat checks violate EEA law

Icelandic legislation requiring meat product imports to undergo an authorisation procedure contravenes EEA law, according to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Government policies should pass an ‘obesity test’

All new UK government policies should be considered in the context of rising obesity rates in an effort to reverse the trend, urges a report from independent think tank 2020health.

We can cope with extra novel food workload, says EFSA official

The European Food Safety Authority is willing and able to cope with the extra workload of novel food assessment that could come under its control, an official said at a...

Commission was wrong to separate med agency and EFSA: MEP

The Commission was wrong to separate the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), nutrient profiles are unconvincing and the threat of botanical court action is...

European Council declassifies TTIP trade negotiation document

The Council of the European Union has published the negotiating directives for EU-US trade talks (TTIP) after months of criticism from NGOs and campaigners over an alleged lack of transparency.

News in brief

FDF director general stands down

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) director general Melanie Leech has announced her decision to stand down from her role in the New Year, to lead the British Property Federation....

Novel food proposals

Does 'history of safe consumption' mean foods are safe?

Proposals to create a separate process for novel food approval from countries outside of the EU will not see the market flooded with unsafe foods, a European Commission official told...

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‘Frightened’ UK grocery brands slow to report retail dirty dealing

The adjudicator charged with policing the UK food and beverage manufacturing supply chain against retailer malpractice claims that many suppliers are scared of speaking out for fear of retribution.

"As a member of Parliament, I need facts. And I think you, the food industry, have the resources to find those."

MEP defends EU novel foods laws against innovation attacks

The food industry should provide facts if it expects EU decision makers to consider dismantling the controversial novel foods regulation it has long-argued discourages innovation, a UK member of the...

Scottish food standards agency moves step closer

The role of a newly-created food standards body in Scotland has been debated by Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).

UK's traffic light label is 'negative', says Commission

The UK’s traffic light label has incited more objections than the Nordic keyhole system because the former is more negative in its nutrition guidance, says the European Commission.

‘It was open, we used it’: Assolatte defends 'disproportionate' Italian cheese PSA use

The Italian Dairy Association (Assolatte) has defended the “disproportionate” use of European Commission (EC) private storage aid (PSA) by Italian cheesemakers that led to the scheme's closure. 

Current rules on GM crops ‘create conflict’, says European Commissioner-designate

The European Commissioner-elect for health and food safety has said he intends to review rules on GM crop cultivation and broker compromise on animal cloning, among other top-priority topics.

EU snack sector: Origin labeling would be ‘really problematic’

Origin labeling for single ingredients would be a logistical nightmare for snack makers serving no value to consumers, says the European Snacks Association (ESA). 

Russian food import ban: European farming group urges stronger action

European farming group Copa-Cogeca has said stronger action is needed to alleviate the impact of the Russian ban on EU food imports, although it has welcomed an aid package for...