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MEPs oppose ‘weak’ nano definition

MEPs have opposed a measure that would have exempted nano-sized food additives from labelling if they are already in common use.

Two-thirds of EU states reject approval of GM maize – but it’s not over yet

A majority of EU member states voted against approving a genetically modified (GM) maize variety for cultivation in Europe at a Council of Ministers meeting on Tuesday – but the...


‘Ooh Ah, Cantona’s gone too far!’ UK regulator raps Kronenbourg advert

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) says two Heineken adverts for Kronenbourg 1664 beer featuring former Manchester United soccer star Eric Cantona are misleading.

'We'll make food labelling clearer': Scottish government

Consumers in Scotland will receive far clearer information about the origins of their food, the Scottish government has pledged, after launching a new partnership yesterday (February 11) to deliver that promise.

Food waste cannot be tackled in isolation, says Slow Food

Slow Food has urged the European Commission to take a more holistic view of food sustainability, saying that food waste must be seen as part of broader sustainability issues.

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Fewer food inspections ‘encourage food fraud’

Fewer local authority inspections of food businesses are encouraging food fraud, warns the boss of the West Yorkshire Food Control Laboratory, after its tests recently revealed more than a third...

Novel foods fall through Trading Standards' net

Trading Standards (TS) don’t have the resources to check for the potentially dangerous unapproved novel foods illegally on sale on the UK market, it has emerged.

Commission should strengthen meat origin labelling, say MEPs

MEPs have rejected a European Commission proposal for labelling meat according to where animals were reared and slaughtered – but not where they were born.

German government to abstain from GM maize vote

The German government will abstain from a vote on the cultivation of a variety of genetically modified (GM) maize next week, spokesperson Steffen Seibert said on Wednesday.

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Plant protein IP: Patent protection for Burcon's 'invisible' protein CLARISOY

Canadian plant protein pioneer Burcon has received a notice of allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office that a composition of matter patent application over its CLARISOY soy-based protein - which is...

Russia 'trying to resolve’ Chobani Olympics shipment fiasco

A shipment of Chobani Greek yogurt that was initially refused entry into Russia may still reach US athletes in Sochi before the Winter Olympics begin on Friday, says a leading...

Warburtons’ ad banned after Premier Foods complains

A national press advert from Warburtons – stating ‘No.1 Now London's biggest bakers’ – has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after complaints from Premier Foods and Allied Bakeries.

What makes whole grains whole? Researchers target Europe-wide definition

A group of researchers has published a definition of ‘whole grain’ stemming from the HealthGrain EU project, in an effort to harmonise labelling and nutrition guidelines across Europe.

WHO urges regulation to cut cancers linked to alcohol and obesity

Governments could slow a rapid rise in cancer rates by regulating alcohol and sugary drinks in the same way as tobacco use, claims a new report from the World Health...

EU programme aims to boost kids’ fruit and milk consumption

The European Commission has unveiled proposals to reverse declining fruit and milk consumption among young people, as part of its efforts to improve children’s health.

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FSA wants clear rules for raw milk

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is proposing to clarify rules for selling unpasteurized, or raw, milk and cream. 

Europe’s food industry ‘losing its competitive edge’

FoodDrinkEurope has published a report urging European institutions to develop a policy specifically tailored to the food industry – or risk losing out to non-EU manufacturers.

‘We exaggerated obesity crisis’: pressure group

Influential lobby group the National Obesity Forum (NOF) has admitted exaggerating the severity of the UK’s national obesity crisis and relying on anecdotal evidence, rather than scientific research, in its...

New EU rules could boost Fair Trade

European public authorities will be able to preferentially choose Fair Trade products, after a majority of MEPs voted in favour of a new public procurement directive last week.

War of words erupts as Cadbury’s ill-fated Israel venture heads to court

Cadbury’s Israeli distributor Carmit Candy Industries has accused the Strauss Group of employing a war-like strategy to block Cadbury’s entry into Israel, while Strauss says Carmit only has itself to...

EU agrees rules to curb food speculation

The European Commission has agreed new rules to curb speculation in food commodities, in order to avoid a repeat of the global food price spikes seen in 2008.

MEPs call for tougher measures to fix food fraud

MEPs have called for extra measures to tackle food fraud following last year’s horse meat crisis, in a non-legislative resolution passed on Tuesday.

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EFSA approves iodine, iron, vitamin C infant health claims

The European Food Safety Authority has approved a raft of claims for under-3s including iodine and thyroid and cognitive function; vitamin C and iron absorption; and iron and haemoglobin formation....

Ritter Sport wins 'natural flavor' German court battle

Ritter Sport has been granted an injunction preventing a German consumer group from claiming the chocolate firm is deceiving consumers with misleading natural flavor claims.

National Obesity Forum calls for harder hitting anti-obesity campaigns

The food and drink industry must be part of the solution to obesity – but there are significant gaps in its approach, says a new report from the UK’s National...

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