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French parliamentary report pushes 'fast-food' tax

A French senatorial report has proposed a 'junk-food' tax on products that are linked to heart disease - with the report taking particular aim at soft drinks, which currently benefit...

Raspberry ketones on sale without novel foods approval

Novel foods such as raspberry ketones continue to be widely available for sale throughout the UK in weight loss products and dietary supplements, despite not being approved by the regulatory...

EFSA report outlines recommendations for improved food additives model

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) plans to revise the tool used to estimate food additive intakes on the back of stakeholder feedback and updates of food consumption in its...

Anti-GM protesters 'storm' EFSA headquarters

A group of anti-GM protesters forced entry into EFSA’s premises yesterday, in what the authority says was a bid to 'denounce' its role in assessing GMO applications in the European...

ECHA backs move to strengthen BPA classification

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has backed a proposal to strengthen the existing harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) of bisphenol A (BPA).

Dubai takes first step to become halal hub

With the international halal market worth over US$1tn, Dubai is moving ahead with long-hatched plans to position itself as a global halal hub. 

UAE date palm to be given UN honour

Along with the camel and the world’s highest tower, the humble date is one of the most enduring icons of the UAE, and soon it will be recognised for its...

Guest article

FIC: 10 Things You Should Do Now

‘The Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU 1169/2011 – also known as ‘FIC’), which will start to be enforced in December this year, will have a big impact on all...

GM food row: industry must tackle food security ignorance

If government and industry are to overcome unfounded opposition to genetic modification (GM) technologies, they should clearly communicate the challenges facing sustainable food production, the Prime Minister’s scientific advisers have...

Action on Sugar sketches sugar reduction plans

Sugar consumption could feasibly be reduced by 10% a year over the coming three to four years – without using artificial sweeteners or any other replacement ingredients, claims Action on Sugar.

FAO reports rise in GM material in non-GM food trade

Detection of genetically modified (GM) material in internationally traded non-GM food and feed has spiked in the past few years, interrupting trade and adding to food losses, according to the...

Rejected nano labelling law goes back to square one

The question of how to define and label nano-scale ingredients will return to the drawing board, after the European Parliament rejected the Commission’s proposed regulation on Wednesday.

British Sugar welcomes WHO added sugar guidance – with a caveat

British Sugar has welcomed the WHO’s continued recommendation that added sugars should account for less than 10% of total calories – although it has said it is concerned about advice...

Mondelēz not sweet-talking kids into poor nutrition choices with Barny ad, rules watchdog

The UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has dismissed complaints that a TV advert for Mondelēz International's Barny cake bar was an implied health claim and that it encouraged poor nutritional...

Mars commits to palm oil deforestation policy

Mars has committed to ending deforestation associated with its palm oil supply by the end of 2015, becoming the latest multinational to do so, alongside Unilever and Nestlé, among others.

EFSA finds inorganic arsenic intake lower than previously thought

Estimates of dietary exposure to inorganic arsenic in food have been lowered after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) looked again at data.

2017 packaged food and foodservice salt targets issued

Updated salt targets for packaged foodstuffs are too soft on meat and cheese, a leading expert claims, as the Department of Health (DH) posts foodservice targets for the first time....

G8 could open door of opportunity for food safety

World Health Organisation’s director of the department of Food Safety and Zoonoses, Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima, is helping to put food safety on the G8 agenda with a rapid alert system...

Yoplait Liberté 'naturally thick' yogurt claim not misleading: ASA

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dismissed a complaint that challenged claims that Yoplait's strained Greek-style Liberté yogurt is ‘naturally thick’.

WHO recommends halving sugar intake advice

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised halving sugar intake advice from 10% of total calories to 5% of total calories in a new dietary guideline proposal.

Spotlight on allergens in EU label regulations

NiceLabel has launched a labeling system for manufacturers to meet EU regulation changes.

Palm oil industry reaches sustainability ‘tipping point’

Most of the world’s palm oil is set to be sustainably sourced, after Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) became the latest major supplier to commit to forest conservation last week, says Catapult,...

MOVE FOLLOWS RECENT UAE STEP TO BAN SUPERSIZE SODAS

Red Bull 'surprised' by Saudi Arabia energy drinks advertising ban

Saudi Arabia has banned energy drink advertising altogether and will limit their distribution and sale, while brands including Red Bull will now be forced to carry health warnings.

Draft law to ban GM cultivation in EU countries is legally flawed, says Greenpeace

A proposal to allow member states to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops for reasons other than environmental or health grounds would leave countries open to legal challenges,...

Ukraine crisis: EU threatens sanctions as its G8 preparations are suspended

EU and G7 moves against Russian action in the Ukraine have cast a shadow over G8 talks this summer, when trade and food safety will be on the agenda.

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