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Cost, cynicism and frustration: Malaysian government launches own palm oil standard

The Malaysian government has launched its own sustainable palm oil certification standard – but will this add to or detract from sustainability and transparency efforts in the sector?

Russia may lift import ban on some products

Russia may lift its ban on some imported products from Europe, and the Commission has urged in talks this week for Member States to remain unified in their demands.

Organic aroma loophole leaves bad taste

The organic French yoghurt brand Vrai has been forced to pull one of its yoghurts after consumer pressure weighed in on its (legal) decision to use a non-organic aroma.

Sugar intakes 'decreasing' or 'stable' globally, report finds

Dietary sugars intakes are decreasing or stable in most countries, according to a data review of ten European countries, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

Report outlines potential winners and losers of TTIP agreement

The planned EU-US free trade agreement holds unexpected opportunities for developing countries, but could negatively impact Southeast Asia, says a new study.

20-year coeliac diagnosis timeline reveals social inequalities

The number of children aged over two years diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK has nearly tripled in the last two decades, but those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are...

Legal loopholes allowing ‘junk food’ ads to kids must be closed: British Heart Foundation

There is an urgent need in the UK to close legal loopholes that allow the promotion of unhealthy foods and drinks to children online and on TV, according to the...

EFSA backs anti-caking agent safety for salt substitutes

EFSA has backed the safety of an anti-caking agent (Fe mTA) for salt or salt substitutes – but said a new risk assessment would be necessary if the use level...

Benefits and risk balance of eating fish must be by country - EFSA

Each country needs to set its own consumption guidelines based on assessing the risk from methylmercury against the health benefits of fish.

MEP vote backs meat origin labelling

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted 48 to 15 to introduce legislation on origin labelling on meat used as an ingredient...

Voluntary public health measures 'can only go so far’: UK Responsibility Deal chair

We need a strong portfolio of voluntary and mandatory measures to tackle the huge burden of diet-related diseases, according to the chair of the UK Responsibility Deal food network....

FAO chief urges ‘paradigm shift’ toward sustainable food

The whole world must make huge effort and investment to shift toward sustainable farming and food production, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has said.

What does the roadmap to food security really look like?

Food security is vital to the food industry in both developing and developed countries, but what does ‘food security’ really mean, how do we measure it, and can we really...

Red sky at night: Coca-Cola lambasted for London Eye sponsorship

Public health campaigners have criticised Coca-Cola's sponsorship of tourist attraction the London Eye, saying this could exacerbate sugar consumption and related health issues. 

WHO urges national dietary targets to cut preventable deaths

The World Health Organisation has outlined potential strategies to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including junk food taxes and cutting salt intakes.

News in brief

Food Standards Scotland jumps final hurdle

The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up a stand-alone body in the country has passed into law.

EU and Morocco reach deal on PGIs

The European Union and Morocco have agreed measures to promote protected geographical indications (PGIs) and to encourage trade.

“This signals a new dawn for weight loss products.”

Industry backs EFSA report on low-calorie diet regimes

EFSA’s full low-calorie diet regime report – published this week – can help “tackle the societal challenge of obesity”, the EU’s specialist food trade group has said.

TTIP will not impact GM labelling in Europe, says Agriculture Commissioner

Products containing genetically modified ingredients will still be required to be labelled as such in the future, despite fears that protection standards could suffer because of new trade agreements.

Oxford Farming Conference

Promote health benefits or risk political sidelining

The food industry must promote about its health benefits or risk being sidelined in the lead-up to the General Election in May, according to the chairman of the Oxford Farming...

‘Uncertainty’ over measures to close EU organic supply-demand gap

European organic agriculture lags behind growing demand for organic food, but new EU rules in the pipeline are creating uncertainty in the sector at just the wrong time, says Soil...

EFSA: 400mg of caffeine a day is safe

400mg of caffeine a day from all sources is not a safety concern, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in a long-awaited caffeine risk assessment. 

UK Labour party pledges cap on salt, sugar and fat in foods aimed at children

If elected, a UK Labour government will introduce limits on the levels of fat, salt and sugar that manufacturers are allowed to include in food marketed towards children.

600 calories, 75 g protein, 30 g carbs: EFSA issues ‘milestone’ diet replacement opinion

EFSA has very specifically refined what a low-calorie diet replacement regime should contain including a minimum of 600 calories and 30 g of carbohydrates per day. One observer said the...

Sweet enough? French dismissal of sweetener benefits is a public health pity, says ISA

The French food agency failed to take on the full health picture and missed a good opportunity for public health change with its dismissal of sweetener benefits, according to the...

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