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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...

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UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed...

"Fraudulent practices must be tackled to target the weakest links in the food supply chain": EU commissioner.

The horse meat 7: Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia test positive for horse DNA

Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia have all tested positive for horse meat labelled as beef in the latest round of DNA tests conducted by the European Commission....

‘There's no other tea to beat PG’: ASA backs Unilever’s PG Tips pyramid bag brag

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected Tetley’s complaint over competitor PG Tips’ advert claim that its pyramid tea bag was more effective in diffusing tea than the round...

News in brief

Latest round of horsemeat tests negative – FSA

Tests for horse DNA on nearly 6,000 meat products carried out by UK local authorities were negative, according to a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Diageo's Captain Morgan rum rapped for implying alcohol can overcome boredom

Diageo rum brand Captain Morgan has again been censured by UK advertising regulator the ASA – this time for implying that alcohol can overcome boredom and is capable of changing mood.

UN tightens regulation on lead in infant formula lead and arsenic in rice

The United Nation’s food standards body has adopted new maximum levels for lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice. 

EU-Ecuador trade deal to open fish, fruit and coffee doors?

Ecuador has signed an EU tariff-free trade agreement, joining Andean neighbours Peru and Colombia five years after it initially rejected the tie-up.

‘Confusion and fear’ underpin beverage naturalness trend: Mintel

Confusion and fear of the unknown continue to drive interest in simplified product labels and natural ingredients, Mintel says.

US, EU can reach compromise on geographical indications: EDA

The European Dairy Association (EDA) is confident EU and US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiators can reach a compromise on the "lingering issue" of geographical indications (GIs)....

OBESITY WEBINAR

Experts call for sugar tax, but doubt official support

Sugar tax is a good idea, but the government may be unwilling to implement it, according to expert panellists taking part in Food Manufacture’s webinar on obesity.

Andean Grain gears up for chia cheer after EU approval

Andean Grain Products has received a positive draft novel food opinion from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) for its chia seeds – deeming them sufficiently ‘equivalent’ to those already...

News in brief

EFSA declares Sunset Yellow safe and ups ADI

Current industry uses of food additive Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) are not a safety concern, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which has upped the acceptable daily...

EFSA flags up more 'interactive and responsive' feed and food risk assessment process

EFSA is set to increase the number of technical hearings it offers to applicants to give them greater opportunity to discuss outstanding questions about their applications during the food and...

Comment

Confusion reigns over EU labelling legislation

Draft guidance on the Food Information for Consumers Regulation 2014 was issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) last month.

UK political party rules out sugar or fat tax, but takes aim at advergames

The UK Labour party will has ruled out the possibility of taxes on sugar or fat, but will take aim at marketing to children and online advergames, says shadow Public...

Nine o’clock threshold for junk food ads among policy proposals

A nine o’clock watershed for junk food adverts could become part of Labour Party policy in the run-up to the UK general election next year.

Europeans challenge UK traffic light scheme

The European Commission (EC) is investigating the UK's voluntary front-of-pack traffic light nutrition labelling scheme, following complaints from Member States (MS), which argued it influenced consumer choice and was an...