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Belgian court rules against 'misleading' Alpro soy product

Alpro’s use of the term ‘yoghurt variant’ for its soy- and plant-based products is misleading and must be removed, a Belgian court has ruled.

EU fish discards ‘difficult for industry to comply with’

European fishing industries will have great difficulty complying with new EU rules that ban the throwing away of unwanted fish, say researchers.

Use price policies to promote healthier diets, says WHO

Price policies could encourage healthier diets, according to a new publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe.

Destroying olive trees would be ‘a great mistake’, Commission warned

The European Commission has proposed cutting down up to 11 million Italian olive oil trees to halt the spread of Xylella fastidiosa – but opponents say the measure would be...

WHO calls for taxes and marketing restrictions to tackle child obesity

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for taxation and restricted marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks to children aged under 19 to help cut childhood obesity.

WWF urges European action on sustainable food

WWF has urged the European Commission to take action on creating a sustainable European food system “beyond the reduction of food waste”.

From soda bans to nutrient labelling: What really helps reduce obesity?

Trans-fat bans, and limiting the availability of sugary and fatty foods are the best ways to battle obesity, while nutrition information fails to deliver benefits, says a new review of...

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Danish supermarket pulls insects from shelves

Last week high-end supermarket, Irma, became the first retailer in Denmark to start selling insects – and also the first to stop.

EU proposes TTIP amendments following backlash

As MEPs prepare to discuss proposed amendments to TTIP’s investor principle in Riga next week, the European Commission says that most of the controversy springs from ‘common misconceptions’.

Fairtrade’s revised standard is ‘creative’ says industry

The inclusion of new voluntary best practices in the organisation’s revised trader standard is an “interesting” element, said a representative at Voice Network.

UK budget largely positive, says food and drink industry

The drop in corporation tax, promise of increased investment funding and support for British farmers in the 2015 UK budget were largely supported by British food and drink manufacturers.

'We must stop TTIP lie’, says Foodwatch director

The TTIP trade agreement pitches European legislative sovereignty against the workings of “free trade liars,” says the director of NGO Foodwatch Thilo Bode.

‘Food businesses will find themselves in hot water if they don’t act quickly to implement necessary FIR changes’

Roythornes law firm has quizzed members of the Fresh Produce Consortium, The Food and Drink Forum, the British Frozen Food Federation, the Artisan Food Trail and Tastes of Anglia about...

DNA sprays and added bacteria to fight food fraud

Spray-on DNA or added bacteria may be the future of the fight against food fraud   - but analysts warn that consumers could react against more additives being used to guarantee a...

EU food commodity imports linked to illegal deforestation

The European Union is a major consumer of food commodities sourced from illegally deforested land, according to a new report from Brussels-based NGO Fern.

Low mycotoxin levels found in European cereals, EFSA

A study by the European Food Safety Authority of cereal grain and cereal products has found low levels of mycotoxin sterigmatocystin in most of the samples to be below proposed...

Sugary cereal bars better suited to candy aisle, says Which?

Most leading UK cereal bars and breakfast biscuits contain between 30 and 40% sugar and would be better suited in confectionery aisles, Which? says.

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Increase of pyridaben unlikely to harm consumers says EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority has said that a proposed increase of the use of pyridaben on cucurbits – edible peel – is unlikely to...

Campaigners win case against Bayer over pesticide bee claims

Friends of the Earth Germany has said it will step up its fight to protect bees after German chemical giant Bayer CropScience failed to sue it in court for claiming...

UK government ‘not serious’ about improving nutrition, claims report

The British government has failed to tackle poor nutrition and diet, and should do more to take public health nutrition into consideration in every area of policy, says a report...

Reduce marketing of sugar-rich products, says WHO

The World Health Organisation has said that companies need to reduce the marketing of sugar-rich products if consumers are to slash their intake to 10% of daily calories.

Bart Ingredients: Nut in spices test may not be accurate

Testing which led to the recall of ground cumin because almond was found ‘may not be accurate’, according to Bart Ingredients.

How strong is the evidence behind WHO’s sugars advice?

The food industry has criticised the WHO’s recommendation to reduce the intake of added sugar for being backed by ‘moderate’ and ‘very low quality’ evidence.

Food companies should help people eat less, says food policy expert

The onus should not be on consumers to choose healthy foods but on companies to help reduce consumption, says Food Policy professor at City University London, Tim Lang.

EFSA backs erythritol for use in soft drinks

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said erythritol is safe for use in soft drinks at a maximum level of 1.6%, bringing the zero-calorie sweetener a step closer to...