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When nudge comes to shove: What are the best tactics for sugar reformulation?

Every EU country is battling with obesity, but is 2017 set to be the year that many more governments move from the comfort zone of industry-led “nudge” tactics to blunt...

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The Brexit effect on food safety regulations

The implications of the Brexit referendum have left many in the food industry uncertain of how future food safety assurance will be influenced. Simon Weaver, red24’s Product Risks Commercial Manager,...

Nutrition labels do not seem adapted to fighting obesity: ANSES

Nutrition labels do not seem to be adapted to battling public health issues such as obesity, the French food safety agency ANSES has concluded – but this is because they...

Romanian & Hungarian local food laws breach EU single market : Commission

Romania and Hungary's laws on promoting domestic food over imports are in breach of EU law, according to the Commission which has launched infringement proceedings against both countries.

Nestlé baby biscuits exceed EU benchmark levels for acrylamide: French survey

Nestlé biscuits for toddlers contain acrylamide levels over the European benchmark levels and seven times greater than similar products with the lowest concentration, a French market survey has found.

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Swedish food agency issues guidance on free-range egg labelling

The Swedish National Food Agency has said that the labelling of free-range eggs could be compromised by bird flu, causing free-range eggs to now be labelled as 'free-range inside'.

Voluntary certification schemes essential to meet SDG targets, say WWF & ISEAL

Voluntary sustainability standards covering everything from palm oil to fish and tea to sugar will play a significant role in helping food businesses meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according...

EU Parliament passes CETA trade deal

MEPs have voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada in Strasbourg today with 408 votes in favour and 254 against.

Groups call for deep revision or outright rejection of FDA fiber guidance

FDA’s draft guidance on dietary fiber should be significantly amended or tossed out altogether, according to industry trade groups. But at least one company that has been affected by the...

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MEP urges Commission to tighten up laws on misleading labels

The use of misleading images of blood oranges on coloured orange juice cartons has been called into question by Giovanni La Via, MEP, saying it is “not fair for the...

UK misses 100% sustainable palm oil target

The UK failed to achieve a commitment to source 100% sustainable palm oil by the end of 2015, according to new data published by the government.

‘Potentially full scale-up’: Cargill pilots cocoa child labor monitoring system

Cargill has begun trialing the International Cocoa Initiative’s (ICI) child labor monitoring and remediation system in cocoa growing communities in Côte D’Ivoire.

Vegetable juice in a traditional pastry? French consumer group slams industry's 'marketing jargon'

The value of terms such as home-made, artisan and traditional has been lost to clean label jargon and marketing, says French consumer group Que Choisir. Is it time for a legally-binding...

Final push: Commission promotes CETA ahead of vote

As EU politicians prepare to vote on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada this week, the Commission has launched an interactive guide to show Europeans how it would...

Brexit will be sweet for cane and beet, says British sugar industry

Brexit’s impact on the food industry remains speculation, but one British market feels the outcome of the UK’s impending departure will be sweet: the sugar industry.

Commission to set maximum acrylamide levels in ready-to-eat foods

The European Commission plans to set maximum levels for acrylamide in ready-to-eat foods such as baby foods, crisps and breakfast cereals.

Quinoa gene tinkering key to meeting worldwide food demand

Quinoa has the potential to provide a highly nutritious food source to the world’s growing population and a new genetic map can help researchers to breed in useful traits.

Food for Health Ireland improves information on milk proteins and peptides

While milk has been known as an ‘excellent source of proteins, calcium and vitamin D’ and therefore ‘good for your muscles and bones’ for many years, other attributes of milk...

A ‘sustainable food pact’ between industry and government is the only way to save UK farms: Green Alliance

Efforts to drive food prices down and increase production have resulted in major degradation of UK farmlands, and Brexit may be a golden opportunity to restore health to British agriculture...

Good year, bad year: 2016 was challenging for RSPO; Will it fare better in 2017?

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) faced a number of well-publicised challenges last year. Consumers remain confident in the scheme, it appears, but can the same be said for...

Food insecurity may hinder children’s mental and physical development: Review

Unreliable access to affordable, nutritious food has a significant bearing on a child's behaviour, academic performance and emotional well-being, a review has determined.

Wageningen University launches task force to fight food waste

A new organisation aimed at reducing food waste has kicked off in the Netherlands, but how will it succeed where a plethora of other initiatives have failed?

European Commission launches public consultation on Common Agricultural Policy

The EU commissioner for agriculture has called for all stakeholders in the European food and agriculture industry, and the public, to collaborate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy...

Salt reduction strategies are failing to reduce UK health inequalities: BMJ study

Salt reduction strategies in the United Kingdom (UK) are more effective amongst the wealthier, health-conscious members of the country’s population, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)....

MEPs vote to protect European banana growers from imports

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) gave the green light to measures aimed at protecting European banana producers from import surges last week as one of the biggest global producers,...

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