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Five things food businesses should know as CETA comes into force

As the new free-trade agreement between the European Union and Canada enters into force, FoodNavigator looks at what this means for food manufacturers.

Industry giants to harmonise global date labels in food waste fight

Some of the world’s biggest food companies will standardise their food date labels globally by 2020 in a bid to reduce food waste.

EU Pledge vows to keep pace with kids’ food marketing

Arla Foods’ has become the latest food manufacturer to join the EU Pledge - an initiative that promotes responsible food marketing to children that already boasts Nestlé, Unilever, Mondelez, Mars and Coca-Cola...

‘No deal’ Brexit could hike food prices by a third: BRC

The British Retail Consortium (BRC), an industry body representing UK retailers, has warned that British shoppers could pay as much as one-third more for “everyday food items” in the event...

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GMB: CETA trade deal sets bad precedent post-Brexit

A British trade union has attacked the CETA trade deal between Canada and Europe which comes into force later this week (21 September) adding it sets a bad precedent post-Brexit.

EC: 'We will now analyse China's decision and consider appropriate steps.'

No justification for China extending potato starch duties, says Starch Europe

The European starch industry is “deeply disappointed” by the Chinese government’s decision to extend anti-subsidy duties against EU potato starch while the European Commission says it is considering appropriate steps...

Poor diet is linked to one in five deaths around the world

Diets that are low in whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds and high in salt are now linked to one in five deaths around the world, according to a Lancet...

Almost 600 fipronil alerts in RASFF - Andriukaitis

The original fipronil notification has led to nearly 600 follow-up alerts in RASFF, according to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.

EDA: "It seems the EU does not need Brexit to end the single market"

Spain to introduce origin labelling for milk products

As Spain becomes the latest country to bring in mandatory country of origin labelling for milk and milk-based products, the European Dairy Association (EDA) has blasted the European Commission's "laissez-faire"...

Food sector criticises 'political' dual-quality debate as EC signals intervention

Food makers have insisted that the industry views “all consumers [as] equally important” as the European Commission signalled its intention to improve product competitive testing proceedures in response to concerns over so-called “dual quality” foods. ...

Sustainability database can help manufacturers avoid buying bad palm oil

There's "a gold rush mentality" in the palm oil sector preventing it from becoming truly sustainable, says Danish NGO NepCon. But its database Sourcing Hub can help manufacturers make the most sustainable...

Commission urges UK to recognise geographical indications post-Brexit

The European Commission has called on the UK to guarantee the protected status of food products that have been registered with the EU’s geographical indications (GIs) after Brexit.

MEP sounds isoglucose health warning as EU quotas end

At the end of the month, the EU sugar regime will end, liberalising the market after nearly 50 years of production quotas. But one MEP is questioning whether the Commission...

MEPs warn of ‘radioactive food’ if checks on Japanese imports are relaxed

European consumers could face increased exposure to “radioactive contaminated food” if checks placed on Japanese imports following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster are relaxed, members of the European Parliament warn....

Seeing red: Italy upsets manufacturers with origin labelling for tomatoes

Italy has announced plans to bring in mandatory origin labelling for tomato-based products, bypassing EU procedures and sparking fears for the unity of Europe's single market.

Brexit leak leaves food sector ‘alarmed’ on immigration policy

A leaked document revealing the UK government’s proposal to tighten immigration rules as early as 2019 has left the food sector “alarmed” over ongoing fears of a worker shortage.

Coca-Cola & PepsiCo support new commitments

Soft drinks industry to stop selling sugary drinks in EU secondary schools

The European soft drinks industry will voluntarily cease sales of drinks with added sugars to secondary schools in the European Union, industry association UNESDA announced today. 

Ireland forging ahead with sugar tax amid industry pushback

The Irish government confirmed it plans to push ahead with the introduction of a sugar tax this April, despite industry calls for the move to be delayed.

European Commission approves Lactalis acquisition of Omira

The European Commission has announced it has approved, under the European Merger Regulation, the indirect acquisition of the German-based dairy company Omira by French dairy group Lactalis.

European Commission raises 2018 prospect of raising Baltic Sea fishing quotas

The European Commission is to propose an increase in herring and salmon fishing quotas for 2018 as responsible management measures by Member States and the fishing industry look to be...

Croatian survey: Dual quality and price affects 85% of sampled products

A Croatian survey into dual quality food has found differences in ingredients or price in as many as 85% of the products sampled.

Sweden probes competition in food chain

The Swedish government is launching a probe into competition in the grocery supply chain as part of a national strategy to boost the competitiveness of the country’s food sector.

Fipronil: MEPs slam delays and call for accountability

MEPs have criticised member states for delays and called for accountability during the fipronil in eggs crisis.

Novozymes gets EFSA green light for two glucose syrup enzymes

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given the green light for two Novozymes enzymes used to make glucose syrup.

Post-Brexit supply chain disruption will lead to ‘gaps on food shelves’, BRC warns

Flexibility and imagination may be in short supply during ongoing Brexit talks but the UK also faces the prospect of ‘gaps on food shelves’ if a deal is not agreed,...

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