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Unilever becomes first company to report on human rights using UN guidelines

Unilever has become the first company to report on its own human rights record using UN guidelines, drawing praise from Oxfam - but much remains to be done, says the...

Increased calorie availability ‘more than enough’ to explain obesity epidemic, says WHO bulletin report

Increases in the food energy supply in many countries of the world, leading to a higher availability of cheap energy-dense foods, is more than enough to explain a concurrent increase...

Nestlé India gets go ahead to export Maggi noodles

Nestlé India has been allowed to export Maggi noodles by the Bombay High Court but the product will remain off shelves in India.

FDF launches gluten-free guide for best practice

The UK's Food and Drink Federation has published a free guide to help manufacturers adhere to EU labelling laws for gluten-free packaged products.

Grexit could lead to export boom – or depression

A Greek exit from the euro could lead to a strong export boom – or it could lead to a depression and hurt eurozone growth, thus wiping out export demand,...

GM 'jellyfish lamb' enters French food chain

A genetically modified sheep carrying a jellyfish protein entered the French food system last year following what appears to have been a deliberate abattoir mix-up, it was revealed last week....

Nestlé’s Ideal evaporated milk is not like cream, Spanish ruling finds

Nestlé has lost its appeal against a Spanish ruling that it cannot promote its partially evaporated milk as having ‘half the fat of cream’.

No natural pictures to depict artificial flavours, rules German court

Manufacturers should be wary of using pictures to depict artificial flavourings, warn food lawyers as a German court ruling sets a new precedent for misleading marketing....

Climate change risk is a ‘medical emergency’, experts warn

The health risk from climate change is so great that it could reverse 50 years of advances in health and nutrition, according to a major Lancet Commission report.

Nestlé, Unilever pledge to halve food waste by 2025

Members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) have committed to halving food waste over the next ten years at an event in New York this week.

Meal replacement regulation should consider consumers not just science: SNE

Any new regulation on total meal replacements should consider consumer expectations of taste and cost, not just science, says trade group Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE).

Unsustainable standards? Questioning the ethics of sustainable sourcing

A growing trend for sustainability certifications and on pack ‘branding’ could mean manufacturers are missing the wider point of sustainability issues and may confuse consumers so much they no longer...

Ex-education director takes DG SANTE top spot

Xavier Prats Monne is to become the new general director of the European Commission’s health and food safety unit, DG SANTE, a position he takes on after the resignation of Paola Testori...

High levels of inorganic arsenic in rice snacks, warns BfR

Industry must work to minimize levels of inorganic arsenic in rice and rice-based snacks as high levels pose a health risk to consumers, warns Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)....

Quiz: Are you sustainable sourcing savvy?

How clued up are you on all the issues surrounding sustainable sourcing - and how closely have you been reading FoodNavigator?Take our quiz and find out! (Need to revise a little...

Russia to extend ban on EU food imports until Jan 2016

Russia has confirmed it plans to extend a ban on Western food imports until early 2016 and may add new products to the list of banned goods, officials have said.

Ségolène Royal apologises for Nutella boycott call

French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has apologised for urging a Nutella boycott over its palm oil content after learning that parent brand Ferrero uses sustainably sourced palm oil.

MEPs back ban on meat and milk from cloned animals

The European Environment and Agriculture committees backed a draft law to ban meat and milk from cloned animals and their descendants on Wednesday, citing animal welfare and ethical concerns.

Companies facing more sophisticated fraud issues - Eurofins

Food authenticity analysis is being increasingly used in industry as companies face more sophisticated frauds issues, according to Eurofins.

DuPont and Gelita apply for bowel and joint health claims

DuPont Nutrition and Gelita have filed health claim applications for bowel and joint health. 

Sustainable Foods Summit, Amsterdam

‘Most companies don’t tell the real lifecycle story - they are not completely green’

Designing a sustainable package is a chain activity. Many companies claim to be ‘green’ but they are just working on a green image, according to Professor Roland Ten Klooster, chair,...

'The status quo is not sustainable’ - Andriukaitis briefs MEPs on GM proposal

The EU Parliament’s ENVI Committee held an exchange of views last week with EU Commissioner for health and food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, focusing on the proposal giving EU countries the possibility...

EU Parliament vote rejects calls to scrap nutrient profiles

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee has voted to reject amendments to the EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, which would have seen nutrient profiles abandoned.

French colour coded nutrition labels are ‘technically feasible’, says ANSES

Proposed colour coded nutrition labels are technically feasible but would be ineffective for comparing products in some food categories, according to an analysis from French food agency ANSES.

Council approves final compromise text on novel foods

A European Council committee has rejected a proposal that would have allowed the European Parliament the right to veto novel foods approvals – saying this would contradict the law’s purpose...

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