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France considers ‘traffic light’ labelling as UK MEP hits back at EU threat of court case

France's health minister has put forward plans for the country’s own ‘traffic light’ nutrition labelling system; meanwhile a UK Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has defended the UK’s debated...

EFSA delivers positive opinion on GM oilseed rape

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given its stamp of approval on the safety of Monsanto’s MON 88302 oilseed rape crop, which has been genetically modified to be tolerant of herbicides....

Time for action? UK campaign group calls for 'sugar tax' to slash child obesity

Action on Sugar has produced a seven-point plan to discourage children from consuming foods and soft drinks with high levels of added sugar.

7% cap on conventional biofuels is ‘not ambitious enough’

The agreement reached by the Energy Council last week to place a 7% cap on using food crops for biofuels is not ambitious enough and does not place enough emphasis...

EU pesticide bans: 'Overzealous' regulation threatens food security, claim ag bodies

Over-regulation in EU farming is threatening crop production, meaning the UK is falling behind overseas pesticide-using competitors, agricultural bodies warn. 

Comment

Weighing up the responsibility: Should obesity be classed as a disability?

If the European Court redefines obesity as a disability, the rules of responsibility could shift horribly away from the parties involved - including the food industry.   

India

EU, US request for food security data sparks trade row with India

The US and EU have called on the World Trade Organisation to make the provision of full information on India’s food subsidy programme a precondition before they can begin negotiations...

EU Commission could take UK and its ‘traffic light’ labels to courts of justice

The European Commission is investigating whether the UK’s ‘traffic light’ front of pack labelling is compatible with EU law, something which could result in an infringement procedure, it says.

"Environment Council has just broken the deadlock on the GMO cultivation proposal": Commission

European Commission reaches ‘political agreement’ on GM cultivation proposal

The European Commission’s Environmental Council has “broken the deadlock” on GM crop cultivation proposals with a political agreement around how member states can restrict or ban such crop production on their...

ASA: Chia and flax ad should be ‘super-seeded’

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has upheld four complaints about the implied health claims of Bioglan ‘superfood’ chia and flax seeds.

FIC label changes could break organic rules

Organic food firms changing their packaging to meet new EU labelling rules could accidentally breach organic labelling rules in the process, one certifier has warned.

Europe approves use of new high-intensity sweetener

The European Commission has approved the use of the high-intensity sweetener advantame in a variety of food and drink categories.

Europe tightens import rules on South African citrus fruits

The European Commission has brought in stricter import requirements for South African citrus fruit to protect European crops from citrus black spot.

Should sugar sweetened drinks carry obesity and health warnings?

Calls for the UK and other countries around the world to place tobacco style health warnings on sugary drinks are growing, warns Professor Simon Capewell.

Proposed GM law creates uproar

A new law being discussed in Brussels this week could give biotech companies “unprecedented power” over decisions to ban genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe, according to Friends of the...

EFSA invites comments on draft allergy evaluation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is inviting comments on a draft scientific opinion for the evaluation of allergenic foods and food ingredients for labelling purposes.

EFSA gives Monsanto the green light on SDA-rich GM soy

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delivered a positive scientific opinion on Monsanto’s MON 87769 soybean crop, which has been genetically modified to contain stearidonic acid.

Analysis

Regulation out of step with innovation as Asean awaits harmonisation

Southeast Asia’s regulatory system is out of sync with industry practices, with some regulators sometimes uncertain of what constitutes a natural ingredient. 

'Complex carbohydrates' don't contribute to satiety, rules EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has dismissed a health claim application suggesting 'complex carbohydrates' have a beneficial effect on infants and young children by increasing satiety.

Unhealthy diets now rank above tobacco global as cause of preventable diseases

Battling unhealthy food requires tobacco-style response

The international community must develop a global convention similar to the legal framework for tobacco control to fight diet-related ill health, warn Consumers International and the World Obesity Federation.

Elliott review so good government will want to bury it

The Elliott review into the horsemeat crisis could be buried by the government because it is so hard-hitting, professor Chris Elliott has revealed.

EFSA MGMT BOARD: "Bernhard will ...provide Europe with the best scientific advice to protect consumers from food-related risks..."

EFSA confirms Bernard Url as new chief

Doctor Bernhard Url is the new chief of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) after its management board confirmed the acting-chief as its next executive director this week.

India

EU lifts poultry meat ban while US complains to WTO of Indian embargo

Over five years after it imposed a ban on poultry meat imports from India, the European Union has now approved their shipment subject to tough conditions.

Opinion

Traffic light labels: 'not the answer to obesity'

Now that common sense has been confirmed by a consumer survey that traffic light labelling is confusing and misleading, maybe the Department of Health (DH) should sit up, take stock...

EU adopts new measures to limit cadmium in food

The European Commission has adopted new measures to reduce consumer’s maximum levels of exposure to cadmium in foods such as chocolate and infant formula.

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