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EU trait approvals break 18 month deadlock on GM crop imports

The Commission today adopted ten new authorizations and seven renewals of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food and feed use.

Confusing food labels are named and shamed on Twitter

A Spanish consumer rights group has launched a naming and shaming Twitter campaign after it found one third of consumers surveyed has bought the wrong product due to confusing food labels....

Letters to WHO may be used in EU talks on food marketing to children

Letters of support to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its recent work on food marketing to children may be used as a basis of dialogue between European governments and...

New GM package could pave way national ban on GM foods and imports – but not everybody is happy

A European Commission review on genetically modified (GM) products could deliver regulations that allow individual countries to ban or authorise consumption of GMOs in food or feed. But concerns about...

Sustainability standards in the spotlight: ‘Still taking baby steps’

A single, unifying sustainability standard would be helpful for consumers – but it’s a long way off, says Organic Monitor president and founder Amarjit Sahota.

Front-of-pack labels are equally effective - but none works alone

Front-of-pack labelling can be useful but health policy-makers are naïve if they think that this alone will result in healthier food choices, say researchers -  environment, motivation and psychology must...

Inform public about TTIP to remove misconceptions, says FoodDrinkEurope

More needs to be done by the European Commission to remove misconceptions about TTIP, a representative from FoodDrinkEurope has said, following the recent public backlash in Germany.

How to restore consumer confidence after a food scandal

Accountability is key to rebuilding consumer confidence in the industry following a food scandal  - a company’s response to accusations of contamination is almost as important as its actual role...

Commission plan to destroy 11m olive trees needs more research, says EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said plans to destroy up to 11 million olive trees in southern Italy lack sufficient research, after NGO Peacelink challenged the proposal.

FAO urges sustainability over immediate profits to safeguard water supplies

Water is likely to be sufficient for food production in 2050 – but increased competition means two-thirds of the world will be affected by water scarcity, according to a joint...

Worldwatch: Sustainable production faces ‘hidden threats’

More sustainable production is needed to ensure food and nutrition for future generations, but sustainability faces hidden threats, claims the Worldwatch Institute.

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How to feed the planet? EC asks in survey

The European Commission has launched an online survey for views on how science and innovation can best ensure there is enough food for people globally.

EU companies must get ready for ‘bio-piracy’ law now

Global and EU regulation aims to stop companies using indigenous bio knowledge and material to make profits without filtering any of the benefits back.

European trans fat report 'could lead to ban'

The European Commission will consider action on industrially produced trans fats in foods following a high-level debate, said a spokesperson at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

EFSA reviews chemicals in food and drink

EFSA has published an overview of its most recent data on chemical contamination of food and drink aimed at the general public.

Policy makers call on EC to act on trans fats

Policy makers in Europe have today called on the European Commission for action on industrially produced trans fats in foods in the European Union.

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Three added to EU protected status list

The European Commission has approved the addition of three new products to the register of Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs) and Protected Designation of Origin (PDOs).

Surging interest in edible insects prompts safety review

A pan-European list outlining the pros and cons of different insect species, their nutritional content and environmental impact is needed says ANSES.

Malaysian palm oil industry denies deforestation claims

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has denied claims of corruption and widespread export of palm oil from illegally deforested land.

Food for fuel: Biofuels policies cut emissions by cutting food consumption

Biofuels policies rely on cutting food consumption in order to reduce emissions, according to a study published in the journal Science.

World Health Day: Food Safety

Food safety victim to absence of co-ordination - WHO

Food safety can be the victim of an absence of good co-ordination, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO)'s Director of Food Safety.

‘Let’s inform, not mislead:’ Calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages could see spirits suffer, says Spirits Europe

Calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages could mislead consumers: according to industry body Spirits Europe.

Calorie labelling should be mandatory for alcoholic drinks, say public health MEPs

Calorie content labelling should be made mandatory for alcoholic beverages in the EU as soon as possible, say public health Members of European Parliament (MEPs).

EFSA issues revised exposure assessment for E122 colouring

Revised EFSA data shows exposure to carmoisine (E122) falls below the acceptable daily intake (ADI) limit for everyone, after previous findings suggested ADIs may be breached in young children.

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Which? responds as Scottish food agency launches

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched today (1 April) with a consumer watchdog calling on it to operate as a ‘strong, independent consumer champion’.