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Risk-benefit assessment: Weighing up the pros and cons of foods

To have meaningful health recommendations for foods authorities should balance both the risks and benefits of consumption, say a group of Danish researchers backing the concept of risk-benefit assessment. ...

EFSA budget plateaus despite growing workload

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced plateauing budgets for the next three years and staffing reductions of 10% running up to 2018 – despite its increasing responsibilities.

EFSA to assess sucralose following cancer concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will conduct a scientific evaluation of sucralose following the publication of a study which found a link between the sweetener and cancer.

First food crime report published by FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its first assessment of the threat of crime to the UK food and drink sector.

Stevia passes muster with EU for approved use in mustard

The European Commission has approved the use of stevia as a sweetener in mustard in Europe, a decision welcomed by manufacturers as an opportunity for new product development.

Painted olives, monkey meat & fertiliser sugar: Europol's global food fraud crackdown

From olives painted with blue copper sulphate to monkey meat and sugar laced with fertiliser, Europol and Interpol have seized 10,000 tonnes of fake food in their biggest global operation to date....

A sustainable breakthrough? Dutch dietary advice cuts meat by almost half

The Dutch have slashed recommended meat consumption by almost half, citing both health and environmental reasons in what has been hailed as "a breakthrough" by sustainable food experts....

AG Barr focuses on lower sugar drinks after tax plan

Scottish soft drinks company AG Barr says it will focus on lower sugar products to adapt to changing consumer tastes and the chancellor’s proposed sugar tax.

A.G. Barr shrugs off sugar tax worries

Soft drinks company A.G. Barr says a combination of brand strength and ongoing product reformulation will minimize the financial impact of the UK’s sugar tax on its business.

Larger serving sizes on food packs could reduce intake & fight obesity

Larger serving sizes on a food’s packaging encourage people to eat less, US researchers have found, as consumer groups in Europe put pressure on policymakers to help food manufacturers set...

Special edition: Protein perspectives

No fish left behind: EU discard policy floats interest in novel protein sources

EU policy on fishing waste has helped incentivise efforts to turn discarded species into novel sources of protein and other nutraceutical ingredients.

Policy expert slams 25-year Food and Farming Plan

The government’s forthcoming 25-year Food and Farming Plan has been slammed for its failure to address key issues of sustainability and described as a missed opportunity and “doomed to be...

Salt, damned lies and statistics? UK's reformulation success challenged

The UK’s food industry is congratulating itself on the success of voluntary salt reduction after a government survey shows average salt intake has fallen, but the figures are being questioned...

News in brief

MEPs intensify pressure for origin labelling

Another vote from Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) has put further pressure on the European Commission to act on mandatory origin labelling for meat, dairy and processed products.

special edition: food fraud

‘We’ve come a long way but more to be done’, says head of food crime unit

Intelligence about food criminals is in short supply and crimes are often undetected or unreported, according to the first assessment of its type in the UK.

special edition: food fraud

Brexit should not affect amount of food fraud – NSF

Brexit should not affect standards of food safety and quality or the amount of fraud in the system, according to NSF International.

UK sugar tax: The big questions

The UK has announced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. But how hard will it hit the industry? How effective will the tax be at tackling childhood obesity? And could the...

Danube Soya ends use of glyphosate as desiccant in EU soy

Environment MEPs call for glyphosate ban

The EU Commission should not renew the approval of glyphosate as long as concerns remain about its carcinogenicity, said MEPs.

The factory of the future: Coca-Cola Enterprises sets out a vision for sustainable manufacturing

Emerging technology, big data, and innovations like smart labels and smart kitchens can help transform the food and drink industry for a sustainable future, according to a Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE)...

Industry united in condemning Brussels terrorist attacks

Terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels today have left at least 34 people dead, in a series of coordinated attacks that have been condemned by industry and world...

Sugar tax

Sugar tax could spark industry legal action

Soft drinks companies are looking into options, including legal action, in the wake of the government plans to introduce a soft drinks tax.

From €300 to €30: France adopts "more realistic" palm oil tax

French politicians have adopted a tax on palm oil used in food, calling the new €30 per tonne tax "more realistic" than the previous levy of €300.

Healthy diet, healthy planet: UK dietary advice backs plant proteins over meat & dairy

The UK has put sustainability on the menu by backing plant proteins over meat and dairy for sustainability reasons in its updated dietary recommendation and healthy eating guide.

Sugar tax: could bakery products be next in the government firing line?

A ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks announced by the UK government this week might eventually be extended to baked goods, industry experts have warned.

France gets green light on meat & dairy origin labels

The European Commission has given the green light "in principle" for mandatory origin labelling for meat and dairy in processed foods in France, according to the French Ministry of Agriculture....