SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Food & Beverage Development - EuropeUS edition | Asian edition

News > Policy

Open letter feud: ICCO and cocoa producer group at odds on farmer inclusivity

The International CoCoa Farmers Organization has called for greater farmer involvement in cocoa sustainability efforts and plans to host a conference alongside the International Cocoa Organization’s top event after its...

Hunt won’t rule out sugar tax, as Jamie gets ‘more ninja’

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has refused to rule out a sugar tax, as celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has vowed to “get more ninja” in his bid to tackle the UK’s...

Italian authorities seize fake Moët & Chandon champagne

Counterfeit champagne has been seized in Italy in what authorities have called ‘one of the most significant’ findings of its type.

WWF to partner with food firms in sustainability think tank

The World Wildlife Fund has launched Markets Institute, a platform bringing together large industry players and small SMEs to boost sustainability using market-based approaches, winning praise from global giant Mars.

Confusion about origin and added water labelling

EU legislation designed to avoid consumers being mislead about the country of origin of ingredients contained in compound foods they purchase is likely to cause headaches for food manufacturers, according...

Leatherhead: Industry must identify and curtail supply chain weak points

Leatherhead Food Research is advising industry to ensure supply chain integrity after stricter guidelines for food safety and hygiene offences came into force from the start of the month.

MEPs clash with the Commission over GM crops – again

Members of the European Parliament have once again clashed with the European Commission over its stance on genetically modified (GM) crops.

RSPO to crack down on ‘palm oil free’ labels

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will crack down on member companies claiming to have removed palm oil for environmental reasons.

Trade group considers action against ‘discriminatory’ energy drink bans

Trade association Energy Drinks Europe (EDE) has joined calls against bans on energy drink sales to under 18s in Lithuania and more recently Latvia, which it says might be contrary...

News in brief

France to bring in mandatory origin labelling for processed food

France is set to bring in mandatory country of origin labelling for processed products, with agriculture minister, Stéphane le Foll, saying he was ready to “take the battle to the European level”....

Insect protein ‘economically viable’, scientists claim

Protein-packed milkshakes made from ground-up bugs are a step nearer to becoming common drinks, a consensus of leading scientists and policy makers have claimed.

EFSA comes under fire for latest 'revolving door' industry recruitment

Barbara Gallani, chief scientist at UK food industry lobby Food and Drink Federation will become EFSA’s communication head in May – an appointment that has sparked criticism over its revolving door...

Labelling meat and dairy products as 'clone-free' would cost billions: EC report

Labelling meat and dairy products as ‘clone derived’ or ‘clone-free’ would cost tens of billions to the European livestock industry, says a recently published report - so will the Commission...

WHO report backs a tax on sugary drinks to halt child obesity

A report commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) backs a tax on sugary drinks, mandatory nutrient labelling and restrictions on marketing to children in a bid to tackle the child obesity...

News focus

Tesco found to have 'seriously breached' Groceries Supply Code of Practice

UK supermarket giant Tesco has been found to have “seriously breached” the legally-binding Groceries Supply Code of Practice that was created to protect grocery suppliers.

'Abuses are taking place within ‘certified’ supply chains' say authors

Global supply chains audits for corporations fail to detect serious abuses: Report

NGO-certified ethical audits do little to root out labour abuses, poor working conditions and environmental degradation within global supply chains, as a report accuses corporations of 'fixing' the process to...

(B)utterly in breach? Ireland cracks down on misleading buttery claims

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued guidance for industry when using terms such as 'buttery' or 'butterly' following complaints that margarine manufacturers were misleading consumers.

Great British Food Unit could help create 5,000 jobs

The Great British Food Unit has vowed to “take the world by storm” by boosting overseas exports, potentially creating 5,000 jobs in food and drink manufacturing.

Exclusive interview

Four reasons to stay in the EU: Greencore boss

Four factors explain why the food and drink industry would be much better off if the UK voted to retain EU membership rather than opting to leave, Greencore ceo Patrick...

‘Obesity time bomb’: FSS proposes sugar tax

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has proposed a sugar tax, tougher reformulation targets and regulation of promotions in order to defuse an obesity “time bomb”.

BREAKING NEWS

European Parliament backs objection to sugary baby food

In a plenary vote today Members of European Parliament (MEPs) called for a rethink of rules that could allow up to 30% sugar content in cereal-based baby foods, which could bring...

EFSA approves sweetener sucralose for infant medical foods

It is safe to include the sugar-derived sweetener sucralose in special medical foods for young children, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded.

Dutch authorities name 1800 firms that bought from horsemeat trader

The Dutch food safety authority has released a list of 1800 companies that bought meat potentially contaminated with horsemeat, following a court ruling requiring it to make the information public...

Anti-GMO study quoted in Italian Senate retracted amidst data manipulation claims

A research paper that was referenced in an Italian government hearing on whether the country should allow GM cultivation is to be retracted after one of the authors was accused of falsifying research data....

Denmark lowers indicative levels for acrylamide

EU guidance levels for acrylamide do not protect consumers enough, according to the Danish minister for environment and food, as it sets lower indicative levels for Danish manufacturers.

Key Industry Events