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Small businesses and social scientists must collaborate for a sustainable food chain

Food labelling and ethical certification aren’t as effective as we think - for a sustainable food chain, small and medium businesses need to team up with social scientists to create...

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Three more EU countries to opt out of GMO

Malta, Slovenia and Luxemburg filed last minute applications to opt out of GMO cultivation in Europe, bringing the total number to 19 member states..

More than half of EU countries set to opt out of GM

Sixteen countries have requested to opt out of GM cultivation in Europe – but while the Commission says the opt-out clause is necessary for such a complex issue, campaigners are...

Europe increases pressure on Thailand over illegal fishing: 'Yellow card' update

The European Union (EU) will make a decision on whether to ban fish imports from Thailand by December, while the EU gave out ‘yellow cards’ for illegal fishing to Comoros...

Fizzy drink sugar levels vary dramatically between countries, says survey

Research highlighting the variation in soft drink sugar content around the world – a difference of as much as 29g sugar (7 teaspoons) per 330ml for the same brand in...

Long-awaited EU novel foods reform set for October 14 adoption; concerns remain

Unless there is a shock shift, a full sitting of the 751-seat European Parliament (EP) will soon pass significant reforms to the EU’s now ‘not fit for purpose’ novel foods...

Finland set to scrap tax on sweets and ice cream

The Finnish government has said a tax on sweets and ice cream in the country will be scrapped at the start of 2017 after the European Commission said the tax...

UK body set for public consultation on junk food advertising rules

The UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) will begin a public consultation on new rules for marketing junk food to children in early 2016 amid growing concerns over children's diet, it...

Ending world hunger is ‘linchpin’ for sustainable development, says FAO chief

Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture are vital to achieving the entire set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has warned.

Added sugar in the firing line: Experts call for aggressive efforts to reduce consumption

Consumption of sugary drinks that contain high levels of added sugars can lead to excess weight gain and higher risks of developing diabetes and heart disease, says the most comprehensive...

Firmenich awarded for sustainable credentials

Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat, vice president of sustainability partnerships at global flavour firm Firmenich has won “Head of Sustainability” at the Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Awards.

Nanotek group opposes changes to EU novel foods rules

Mooted changes to EU novel food laws that will cater for new ingredient sources like insects and food making methods like nanotechnology are ‘vague, unclear and unworkable’ according to a...

EU project aims to slash food waste by 30% by 2025

A new EU-funded research project involving partners across the EU, as well as in China, will help reduce food waste by 30% by 2025, say those behind the project.

FDE announces new industry commitment for healthy diets

FoodDrinkEurope will continue to take a ‘holistic’ approach to improving the health of Europeans with a new commitment to trigger further industry action on making food healthier, it says.

UK government calls for more local labelling

The UK government is calling on manufacturers to use local county of origin labelling on its products – but unlike in Italy such measures would be voluntary.

Food safety a ‘fundamental issue of concern’

Food safety remains a “fundamental issue of concern” for the food industry, government and consumers and attending events such as the Food Manufacture Group’s Food safety conference will arm delegates...


EC measures 'being prepared' to address low retail milk prices across Europe

The European Commission (EC) is working on measures to combat low retail milk prices across Europe, IDF World Dairy Summit attendees heard.

UK government rules out sugar tax

The British government has no plans to tax sugary drinks, despite an online petition receiving more than the 100,000 signatures required to spark a parliamentary debate on the issue.

UK candy cull: Confectionery gets the boot at Morrisons checkouts

UK supermarket chain Morrisons will replace confectionery with fruit nuts and bottled water at its principal checkouts by February 2016.

Nestlé and Unilever put pressure on EU to ban trans fats

Food giants Unilever and Nestlé have said they support a ban on trans fats in Europe following a Twitter campaign by consumer rights group BEUC.

Europe set to increase imports of Tunisian olive oil

The European Commission (EC) has set out plans that will offer increased temporary access for Tunisian olive oil to the EU market, in a bid to help support Tunisia's economic...

A problem that no longer exists? Trans fats ban could prevent over 7,000 heart deaths in England alone, claims BMJ study

A total ban on trans fats in processed foods could prevent 7,200 deaths from coronary heart disease in England, claim researchers. But with levels of industrial trans fats already at...

Italy’s labelling bill slammed as backdoor protectionism

An Italian bill will require companies to say where a product was produced and packaged, meaning greater transparency for consumers, says government - but industry has slammed it as backdoor...

Latvia becomes latest EU country to ban trans fats

Latvia has banned the use of trans fats in domestically produced and imported food, joining ranks with Austria, Hungary and Denmark - but campaigners are pushing for an EU-wide ban....

Case-by-case Nano assessment ‘not efficient long term approach’

The current case-by-case risk assessment of nanomaterials (NMs) is not the most efficient long term approach to ensure safety, according to a review which looked at regulatory approaches.

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