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Clash of the Seitans: Lobbies locked in plant-based stalemate but near EU definition of vegetarian

As Europe’s processed meat lobby presses the Commission to ban vegetarian products from using meat names, FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) and the European Vegetarian Union (EVU) are close to agreeing on a definition...

FoodDrinkEurope calls for industry action on better nutrition

Industry association FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) is launching a call for action to improve diets and promote nutrition and health across the continent, saying there is no "silver bullet" for obesity....

Meat-analogue switch could meet greenhouse gas targets, study suggests

Substituting beef for green beans has more of an effect in reducing greenhouse gases than placing restrictions on vehicle use or manufacturing processes, a study has found.

Do consumers really care about the ethical considerations of fishing?

Ethical and social considerations are not as important to consumers as nutrition and freshness when buying fish, according to a new survey conducted by TÜV SÜD.

MEPs water down rules on junk food advertising to kids

The latest draft of the audiovisual media services directive (AVMSD), proposed by the European Parliament’s culture and education committee (CULT), is “full of loopholes”, according to campaigners....

60,000 foods to be analysed

Germany in crucial data drive to understand radioactivity risk in food

The German government is hoping to garner crucial data to help it better understand the risks involved from the consumption of radiation-emitting radioactive elements in foods such as uranium in...

The right dose: Are confectionery players misreading the sugar obesity debate?

Confectionery companies should print teaspoon visualization of sugar doses front of pack instead of focusing on calories, says a consultant.

One in three adolescents is obese, say WHO

Health promotion campaigns are failing to reduce obesity in adolescents, according to a report published by World Health Organization (WHO) today.

MEPs back proposals to cut EU’s 88 million tonnes of annual food waste

MEPs have voted overwhelmingly for measures to cut the millions of tonnes of food wasted each year across the EU.

Food & Drink Ireland: ‘Brexit border will add ‘huge costs’ to food’

Food and Drink Ireland says Brexit hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would add “huge costs” to food businesses and suggests Sweden and Norway border may be solution.

Open letter demands EU-wide nutrient profiles for nutrition and health claims

An open letter penned by three leading health and consumer organisations - together with five food companies - calls for the ‘urgent adoption’ of nutrient profiles in the context of...

Sugar tax confusion could hit sales of confectionery, biscuits and cakes

Brits are completely baffled by the country’s planned new levy on sugar-sweetened drinks, with many believing it covers food as well.

EFSA announce event dedicated to bee health

Improving and standardising the collection and sharing of data on bee health is the main objective of this year’s event, Towards a European Bee Partnership.

Chocolate and candy tax proposed in the UK

Pressure group Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to expand a sugar tax on soft drinks to chocolate and sweet confectionery – a move seen as “punitive” and "discriminatory”...

Very little nanny-state regulation in EU, research suggests

Hungary is the worst “nanny-state” in the EU when it comes to laws relating to food and drink, but new research suggests most countries have so far shunned regulation aimed...

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EFSA to contribute funds for allergen project

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has called for projects related to detection and quantification of allergens in foods.

Act now to ensure food security in the face of climate change, Obama tells entrepreneurs

Climate change represents a major threat to food security throughout the world, according to former US President Barack Obama, and entrepreneurs, scientists and the food industry must act to mitigate...

Brexit could pose GM headache for UK

The UK’s food sector will face “enormous challenges” following Brexit, both in relation to trade with Europe and within its own borders, according to a report by the House of...

Analysis: Can EFSA ever cut ties with industry?

The consultation for a new policy on independence at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) draws to a close this week and campaigners have told FoodNavigator that the final document...

Food firm kids’ marketing pledge ‘has no effect in the online area,’ study claims

Over half of food websites contain advertising specifically targeted to minors, a study has found, as health experts repeat calls for a ban on marketing practices that target children, both...

Government and supermarkets urged to do more in reducing food waste

Governments and supermarkets must do more to prevent food waste, a report has urged as it reveals the cost to each consumer totals £200 (€237) per year.

Next UK government warned off further nutrient taxes

UK food and drink manufacturers have called on the government not to implement any future nutrient taxes on foods.

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Game on: Four industry giants pledge to use French nutrition logo

France's official - but voluntary - nutrition label has its first takers as retailers Intermarché, Leclerc and Auchan as well as meat, seafood and ready meal manufacturer Fleury Michon commit to its...

EU low-cal diet industry "could fold" if rules rubber stamped, warns trade body

New rules on low calorie diets could wipe out manufacturers and distributors of weight loss programmes in Europe, according to an industry trade body which is urging regulators to seek...

EU food sector unprepared for droughts set to hit palm oil, soy & cocoa

Europe’s food industry could be left exposed to supply shortages and rocketing prices as climate change increases the risk of droughts in key commodity-producing countries.

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