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French colour-coded nutrition labels hailed as ‘antidote to food marketing’

Consumer watchdog Que Choisir has urged the French government to adopt colour-coded front-of-pack nutrition labelling as “an antidote to food marketing” following a study backing its efficacy.

FIAP enzymes list could affect food innovation, says Novozymes

Upcoming EU regulation of food enzymes could affect food companies’ approach to research and development, according to enzyme specialist Novozymes.

20 teaspoons of sugar in an energy drink: Campaign group calls for ban of sales to U16s

Thought soft drinks were sugary? Look at energy drinks! says Action on Sugar

Energy drinks contain up to 20 teaspoons of sugar per 500ml serving – more than three times the maximum adult daily intake of free sugars a day, according to research...

ASA rejects LighterLife Fast complaint: It's hard to get 100% of RDAs with 600 kcal of ‘ordinary' food

It would be extremely difficult for consumers to devise a 600 calorie diet providing 100% of vitamin and mineral RDAs themselves, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said in its rejection of...

The final 5%: EU needs a regulatory push for truly organic products

Europe needs a new flexible system to help keep non-organic ingredients like flavouring in organic products to a minimum, says International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU)

Herbs and spices supply chain under scrutiny after nut findings

Cases of cumin and paprika contaminated with almond protein will be the subject of an industry meeting tomorrow (25 February).

EC suggests toddler milk marketing and composition 'commitments'

Manufacturers could help devise "self-regulatory commitments" on the composition and marketing of growing-up formula under a new European Commission "policy option."

New campaign targets soft drink makers over health issues

A new campaign launched in the North West of England has targeted sugary drinks manufacturers claiming that their inability to inform the public about health harms is causing negative health...

WHO unveils nutrient profiling to restrict marketing to kids

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled its nutrient profiling tool to restrict the marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks to children.

Industry accused of targeting kids to build brand loyalty

Food and drink companies have a financial interest in selling products to children to create loyal customers for life, claim researchers.

Progress in tackling global obesity is 'unacceptably slow', warn experts

The food industry's role in developing public health policy must be limited to tackle the global obesity epidemic, according to a series of papers published in the Lancet.

EFSA lends hand in developing third-country novel food process

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is to start developing an application process for novel foods from outside of the European Union. 

FIC regs ‘missed opportunity’ for mandatory front of pack labelling

An EU-wide revamp of on-pack nutrition information is a missed opportunity to make front of pack labelling compulsory, says the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC).

Operation Opson IV was a joint Interpol and Europol investigation

Thousands of tonnes of fake food and drink seized

More than 2,500 tonnes of counterfeit and illicit food have been seized in 47 countries as part of a joint Interpol and Europol operation.

Western diet is ‘incompatible’ with targets to avoid climate disaster

Too little is being done to limit global meat and dairy consumption in light of its impact on climate change, says UK think tank Chatham House.

Allergy alert widens as undeclared almond found in paprika

A recall in the UK due to paprika containing undeclared almond has widened an investigation into substitution with nut proteins as several EU nations have also warned consumers.

Almond Contamination

Food Standards Agency probes unlabelled nuts

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is probing the presence of unlabelled almonds in three food products recalled since the end of last month.

New head of Commission’s DG SANTE nutrition unit announced

Alexandra Nikolakopoulou has been announced as the new head of the European Commission’s DG SANTE unit for nutrition, food composition and information, stepping into the shoes of Basil Mathioudakis. ...

Opinion divided over protected food names in EU-US trade talks

Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs) for foods and drinks again emerged as a sticking point in the latest round of trade negotiations between the EU and the US.

‘Southampton’ colour Allura Red safe at current levels, EFSA finds

New exposure data for Allura Red (E129) food colouring suggest that current intakes are safe, according to a revised opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Guide urges industry action on ‘pirate’ fish

A new guide has urged industry to ensure illegal fish is kept out of supply chains.

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First things first Europe: Set pan-EU max limit for caffeine

Europe must push for united mandatory upper caffeine limits for all products with added caffeine if it is to counter current member state disparity. 

MEPs question European inaction on cholesterol

Two MEPs have asked the Commission to detail its plans to tackle high cholesterol among Europeans, who have the highest levels of bad cholesterol in the world.

Majority MEP vote sends meat origin labelling to the Commission

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted by majority to create legislation that could see country of origin labelling used for all meat used in processed foods.

BHF joins calls for caution on controversial back-to-the-80s fat study

The focus of a controversial review on randomised control trials ‘oversimplifies the difficult and complex task of developing evidence-based guidelines on nutrition’, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has warned. 

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