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Option paralysis: Consumers were confused by 'Choices'

Dutch ditch healthy eating logo for an app

The Dutch government has ordered the industry-led healthy eating logo to be phased out and replaced with an app that allows consumers to scan products for nutrition information.

EFSA considers Mitsubishi’s antioxidant salt following member state concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has taken the reins in the safety evaluation of Mitsubishi’s novel antioxidant salt ingredient following member state toxicity concerns. 

A couple of sugary drinks daily ‘doubles diabetes risk,’ study shows

The choice between artificially sweetened and sugared soft drinks does not seem to make a difference in the onset of chronic conditions such as diabetes, according to Swedish research. 

Preventing child obesity ‘starts in the previous generation,’ say leading researchers

The chances that a child will become obese in later life are largely determined before they are even conceived, as researchers believe parent’s health is key to tackling obesity in...

FPC urges UK Government to revise fruit & veg trading terms, post-Brexit

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has warned of an ‘unsustainable trading environment’ post-Brexit in which escalating supply chain expenses would ultimately mean higher food costs. 

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Euroterm achieves FSSC 22000 thanks to IFC support

Euroterm has achieved FSSC 22000 certification with support from the IFC Food Safety Advisory.

Smart food cities: 50 mayors meet in Rome to phase metro food maze

A UK project to tackle childhood obesity and Riga’s green treatment of food waste are two of the first initiatives to come out of a pledge to collaborate on food...

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China and Europe increasingly working together on food safety – EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) are to sign an agreement on food safety next month.

Scots call for reformulation as majority admit they ignore advice

The majority of Scottish consumers say they have clear advice on what they should and shouldn’t be eating but many tend to ignore it, according to new research.

Food industry urged not to lose sight of sustainability issue, post-Brexit

The UK's exit from the European Union is an opportunity to reshape its food and farming policies to ensure long-term sustainability of jobs, health and the environment.

Academic puts China’s economic cost of ignoring food safety at $750m

A leading academic has put a cash value on the economic costs China will face this year through food-safety issues in agriculture.

Proposals outlining a tax on sugared drinks endorsed by WHO

Mounting evidence suggests the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is justified as a way to lower intake and reduce cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

Consumers value origin labelling - but not necessarily for processed meat, say researchers

Consumers do value country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat products, say the authors of a recent study, but mostly for unprocessed meat that already has mandatory labelling in the...

The conversation on #WorldObesityDay: What is needed to tackle childhood obesity?

World Obesity Day aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the challenge of obesity, and share national experiences of campaigning that works. We bring you best of the conversation from social...

Vegetable fats in chocolate threaten artisans, says MEP

EU rules allowing a maximum of 5% vegetable fats other than cocoa butter in chocolate are a threat to artisan chocolate producers, says a French member of European Parliament.

Dutch salt survey shows industry is failing on overall reduction targets

Dutch people are still “well above” recommended levels for salt as industry meets salt reduction targets for some foods but not others, according to a recent survey.

French call to food industry: Cut infant exposure to nine substances (now)

France’s food safety agency ANSES has published a snapshot of the diet of under-3s and the chemicals they are exposed to, calling for "particular vigilance" for nine dangerous substances....

Greece and Finland to trial country of origin labelling for dairy

Greece and Finland are the latest countries to request a trial period for country of origin labelling on milk and dairy products.

NFU Scotland says milk buyers ignoring higher prices

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland is calling on all Scottish companies purchasing milk to immediately recognize the strength of current dairy markets and return Scotland’s dairy farmers to profitable production....

Hidden lobbying could go unchecked under poor EU transparency proposals, says watchdog

Industry lobbying activities could continue to go “unchecked” with insufficient Commission proposals for a new mandatory transparency register, according to transparency watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory.

Switzerland and Canada expand organic trade deal

The Swiss and Canadian governments have recognised the equivalency of their organic standards for multi-ingredient processed products.

Glyphosate opinion: EFSA says new data disclosure allows closer scrutiny

EFSA is to release the raw data used in the recent EU safety evaluation of glyphosate, saying the move is part of its commitment to open risk assessment.

Time to cap trans fats in Europe, ENVI politicians tell Commission

Health and food safety politicians today backed a motion for a resolution to protect the health of Europeans by setting legal limits on the use of artificial trans fats....

Strategic task force to help insect firms navigate novel food regulation

The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) wants workable and consistent rules for insect producers across the EU and is setting up a strategic task force to help...

Food safety recall round-up 20-29 September 2016

Recalls: Clostridium botulinum, bread contamination and E. coli

Food recalls and alerts for the end of September have been notified by England, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, USA, Austria, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark.

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