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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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Get inulin! Northern European giants win EFSA claim for non-digestible carbs and glycaemia

The three giants of chicory-derived inulin and fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) supply have won a significant European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim approval linking non-digestible carbohydrates and improved blood glucose response.

Obesity counterattack: sugar reduction campaign in quotes

Prominent nutritionists have provided their exclusive feedback on Action on Sugar’s sugar reduction campaign, designed to combat the rising incidence of obesity in the UK.

Governments must regulate to curb obesity: IASO

Governments must regulate unhealthy foods in the same way as alcohol and tobacco to tackle rising levels of obesity, urges a report from the International Association for the Study of...

DEFRA boss agrees Europe without GM will become a museum

Europe will become a food and farming museum without science on genetic modification (GM), environment secretary Owen Paterson has warned – echoing food manufacturers’ long-standing fears.

How will higher meat demand affect food prices?

Increased demand for animal protein will push up meat prices – but not necessarily grain prices, claims a new report from UK think tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

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EU recommends stricter dioxins, furan and PCB control

The food industry must control the presence of dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) more accurately, according to a European Commission recommendation.

FoodDrinkEurope urges Greek EC presidency to back industry-specific policy

Promotion of an industrial policy to spur growth in the food and drink industry features on a wish list of priorities for the Greek presidency of the Council of the...

UK government to intervene in Monsanto GM soy case

The UK government has confirmed its intention to intervene in a case against the European Commission's approval of a Monsanto GM soy variety at the European Court of Justice.

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Tackle over-eating like smoking: New report

Governments should take action to curb over eating in a similar way to measures taken to limit smoking, warns a new report from UK think tank the Overseas Development Institute...

‘Smart Swaps’ campaign should demand more from industry, says CFC

Public Health England’s campaign encouraging consumers to swap unhealthy foods for healthier ones should demand more from food companies and supermarkets, according to the Children’s Food Campaign.

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Turkey butterflies recalled over processing hygiene concerns

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is warning people not to eat turkey butterflies processed by a Welsh firm because they were processed at an unapproved site.

Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese awarded EU protected food status

Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese maker, Wensleydale Creamery, has been handed an early Christmas present… European Union (EU) Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status.

Centralised novel food authorisation moves closer

Centralising novel food regulation at EU level should allow safe and innovative food to reach the European market faster, the European Commission (EC) has said.

Turkish baklava, Wensleydale cheese and Santorini tomatoes gain EU protected status

The European Commission has granted protected status to three additional products – Santorini tomatoes, Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese and Turkish baklava.

EU law on NCDs not a question of 'whether' but 'how', warns expert report

Passing EU-wide regulations on the food industry for reducing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is not a question of 'whether' but 'how', according to a new report published as part of the Swedish...

EU seeks to ban farm animal cloning

The European Commission has proposed a ban on cloning of farm animals and the use of their meat and milk for food.

Campden BRI Food Labelling Seminar January 30

FIC Regulation: ‘The pressure is on’

Campden BRI, food and drink research and services, has seen a surge in companies looking for advice on the European Union’s Food Information to Consumers (FIC) Regulation and how to...

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FSA sets out 2014 science priorities

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has outlined its science and evidence priorities for the coming year, including research into food safety, food allergy, and diet and health-related work.

EFSA: Neonicotinoids could harm human nervous system

Two neonicotinoid insecticides may harm the developing nervous system, and exposure should be limited to below current recommendations, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Strong consumer support for meat origin labelling – but who would pay?

There is strong consumer support for mandatory origin labelling of meat as an ingredient – but few are willing to pay extra to cover the cost of providing this information,...

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