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1 pizza could equal 7 Big Macs’ worth of salt, says CASH

Supermarket, restaurant and takeaway pizzas contain ‘shockingly high’ levels of salt, according to a product survey by pressure groups CASH (Consensus Action on Salt & Health) and WASH (World Action...

FIC regulation was a big fish to fry, says European Snacks Association

The EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation has been the biggest challenge for snack makers during 2014 and difficulties aren’t over yet, says the European Snacks Association (ESA).

From industry to authority: Abbott Nutrition regulation director new FSAI chief

Dr Pamela Byrne, currently director of regulatory policy and intelligence for firm Abbott Nutrition, is to become the new chief executive for the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

Opinion

Boozy calorie counting

The Royal Society of Public Health’s call for calorie labelling of alcoholic drinks is a timely reminder that drinks contribute to energy intake.

Manufacturers face tough new laws to cut acrylamide levels in food

Manufacturers face tougher legal restrictions on the levels of the carcinogen acrylamide permitted in food, after the failure of many parts of the industry to cut them by voluntary measures.

Federation of Bakers: 2015 will be a fight back on carbs

The UK will publish an extensive report on the role of carbohydrates in the diet next year, presenting opportunities for bread makers to fight back against carb-bashing, says the Federation...

Sugary drinks tax slammed by nutritionist

Renewed calls to attack health problems by taxing sugary drinks have been slammed by a leading nutritionist, who claims cutting portion sizes and sugar content and tackling irresponsible retail promotions...

Commission urged to retain resource efficiency plans

Fifteen companies and environmental campaigners have joined forces to urge the European Commission to retain an action plan on efficient resource use.

UK campaigners suggest London soda tax

A suggested 20 pence per litre tax on sugary drinks in London would benefit health and save up to £39 million in healthcare, say campaigners. 

Opinion divided on Polish court’s ‘landmark’ reversal of non-stun slaughter ban

A secular organisation has called the Polish Constitutional Court’s decision to overturn a ban on non-stun slaughter ‘regrettable’, while a UK halal group says ‘common sense prevailed’.

Food manufacturers could be ‘forced out’ of the obesity debate

Food and drink manufacturers must emphasise the role of exercise in reducing obesity or risk being sidelined in the debate and hit with stricter regulation, according to new research.

FoodDrinkEurope: FIC rules ‘a step in the right direction’ for consumers

Industry trade body FoodDrinkEurope has called FIC labelling changes a step in the right direction and has established a website to explain reference intakes, which will replace GDAs (guideline daily...

FIC regulation: What are the biggest headaches for manufacturers?

Allergens, country of origin labelling and online sales are some of the most problematic areas for food companies as FIC regulation comes into force this week, according to Campden BRI.

Comment

Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

Ingredient origin labelling should remain voluntary under FIC regs, say suppliers

Food Information for Consumers (FIC) legislation should allow manufacturers to choose whether to label ingredient origins to avoid costly, complicated and unnecessary changes, say suppliers.

FIC vegetable oil labelling rules have not led to mass reformulation, says EPOA

Fears that manufacturers would reject palm oil in the wake of FIC regulations have proven to be unfounded, according to the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA).

EU deal would allow member states to ban GM crops

The European Parliament and member states have agreed rules to allow member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, even when they are approved at...

Petition to limit palm oil attracts more than 50,000 signatures

More than 50,000 people have signed an Italian petition to limit the use of palm oil in processed foods, organised by food news and campaigning organisation Il Fatto Alimentare.

Moving away from meat: Support needed to change behaviour

One in five British consumers is eating less meat than a year ago, but efforts by the public to reduce meat consumption are largely unsupported by governments and the food...

‘Palm oil free’ products could face legal challenge, say lawyers

Food manufacturers and palm oil producers could have a legal case against companies labelling products ‘palm oil free’, according to Paris-based lawyer Anne Bourdu.

Labour plans tougher food regulation

Labour is about to set out its plans for improving public health if elected next year and while tougher regulation can be expected, sugar and fat taxes will not be...

EU labelling law adds impetus to the sustainable palm drive

Changes to European labelling laws meaning the specific source of vegetable oil must be declared on pack could drive more food manufacturers to certified sustainable palm oil, according to one...

European food industry leads calls for Lima progress on climate change

With the UN-led climate change negotiations now underway in Lima, Peru, industry organisation FoodDrinkEurope is urging delegates to stop “stalling” and come up with an “ambitious and legally-binding” agreement before...

Commission defines food research priorities to 2050

Tailored diets, sustainability, integrated policy-making and consumer awareness of the link between food and health are the four research priority ideas identified in the European Commission’s (EC) foresight report.

Finland to provide specific dietary fibre information

The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has introduced a method to better define the constituent parts of dietary fibre in foods.

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