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Mandatory origin labelling: Costs outweigh the benefits, says EC

Mandatory labelling for dairy could push up production costs by nearly 50% and limit consumer freedom of choice - the current status quo is the most suitable option, say two...

French supermarkets required to give all unsold food to charity

French legislation voted in yesterday will require supermarkets to donate all unsold, edible food to charity in a bid to cut food waste.

UK minister warns industry over sugar tax

Food and drink manufacturers and retailers could be forced to pay a sugar tax if they continue to sell unhealthy food, a UK minister has warned.

Tesco commits to 5% sugar reduction in own label food and drinks

UK-based retail giant Tesco is the first to commit to reducing added sugars by 5% incrementally a year in all own label soft drinks, says Action on Sugar.

Exposed: How powerful lobbies thwarted hormone chemical regulation

Public health is being compromised as the European Commission bows to the pressure of lobbies and is divided by internal power struggles over toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals, claims a report.

The Better Regulation Package - will consumer protection be bettered or battered?

The European Commission is calling its Better Regulation initiative 'radical and different' - but consumer groups say power is being handed over to big businesses and that consumers will suffer...

What can companies actually do to fight the global water crisis?

The WWF report offers industry a five-step plan to tackle global water scarcity and holds up certain food and drink companies for their best practice.

FSAI cracks down on ‘misleading’ marketing terms

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published guidance for food companies to ensure consumers are not misled by terms such as ‘natural’, ‘artisan’, ‘traditional’ and ‘farmhouse’.

Weak euro threatens food’s export boom

Food industry exports could be hit by challenging exchange rates, calling the sector’s recent growth into question, figures show as one of Britain’s biggest manufacturers urges the UK to leave...

Taxation necessary to offset rising cost of a healthy diet

The price of fruit and vegetables in the UK has tripled in the past 30 years, while the price of ice cream has halved – a pattern being repeated across...

MEPs make final offer over novel foods regulation as EU draws ‘close to an agreement’

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have put forward what they describe to be a ‘final offer’ on proposed novel food regulations – warning that they will not compromise any further. 

Global food supply balance is becoming increasingly unstable as population grows

As the global population increases and food demand has grown, the globalisation of trade has made the food supply more sensitive to environmental and market fluctuations, leading to higher risks...

European 100% sustainable palm oil target is realistic, says RSPO

Reaching the goal of 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) in Europe by 2020 is a big challenge with significant barriers, says RSPO, but one that is ultimately achievable with...

EC dismisses Czech appeal against rejected Pomázánkove Máslo TSG application

The General Court of the European Union (EGC) has refused to overturn a decision to deny Pomázánkove Máslo, a Czech butter spread, Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) status....

EU regulatory deadlock welcomed by organic groups

EU ministers have failed to reach an agreement on proposed changes to EU organic regulation, pushing back a vote until June – a standstill that is welcomed by organic farming associations....

Is consumer scepticism stifling industry innovation?

It is time for the food industry to demonstrate that the natural, healthy food we eat is the result of food science and innovation, says one expert – but opinion...

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How can Fairtrade make a difference in the next 5 years?

Fairtrade International has called for feedback to help strengthen its impact and make trade fairer over the next five years.

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RSPO strengthens its stance on deforestation and human rights

Stricter voluntary guidelines on deforestation, peatland development and indigenous people’s rights will strengthen the sustainable palm oil certification, says the RSPO.

Chocolate industry should embrace anti-extreme poverty tax, says Puratos Grand-Place

The chocolate industry can curtail extreme poverty in the cocoa sector by implementing higher prices that can be passed from consumers to farmers, says Puratos Grand-Place.

Why are EU labelling laws failing to protect consumers from fish fraud?

With no ingredient or species information required for processed fish products, seafood fraud in Europe is prevalent – so why is EU legislation failing to protect consumers?

A sugar tax is not on the cards, says German coalition

The German confectionery industry has slammed plans for a 19% tax proposal on sugar aimed at reducing obesity - but the social democrat party denies that such a 'sin tax'...

Food and drink firms should 'beware bribery threat'

Manufacturers must take the threat of bribery more seriously by putting in place measures to safeguard against it, a legal expert has advised. The warning comes as new figures suggest...

Delay to ‘fish discards’ rule undermines sustainability efforts, say Greens

MEPs have delayed a ban on throwing back unwanted fish catches in a vote that European Greens say undermines rules intended to improve sustainability.

FoodDrinkEurope welcomes 7% biofuels limit – but industry divided

FoodDrinkEurope has said legislators could have been more ambitious in their efforts to reduce food resources for fuel and welcomed a 7% cap on biofuels, but not all of its...

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CAP changes rules for promotional marketing

The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has changed some technical details in its rules for promotional marketing, but stressed the main principles remain that promotions should be fair and...