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UK law to fight slavery in big firm supply chains

New legislation will require all large firms in the UK to report on their fight against slavery in the supply chain - but experts say the 'opt out' clause means...

Debating the sugar tax: BMJ ‘head to head’ argues the case

Experts from both sides of the sugar tax debate have set out their arguments in a ‘head to head’ article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Where do you stand on the sugar...

News in brief

EU grants protected status to UK Bramley apple pie filling

‘Traditional Bramley Apple Pie Filling’ has been added to the European register of Traditional Specialties Guaranteed (TSGs), says the European Commission.

Cypriot cheese names Halloumi and Hellim set to be granted PDO status: EC

The European Commission (EC) has published Cyprus' Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) application for Halloumi and Hellim.

Two thirds use their senses rather than 'use by' dates

Over two thirds of Brits use their sense of smell, sight and taste rather than the best before or use by date - so should they be scrapped to cut...

Don't count on industry goodwill: Tax for healthy, sustainable food

Don’t count on industry goodwill or informed consumers for a healthier, sustainable food system – it's time to try food taxes, says one report.

Targeting salt reduction in low and middle income countries

Policy makers and industry must work together to develop and achieve salt reduction targets in countries with developing economies, say researchers.

EU lawmakers urge stronger action on food waste

EU lawmakers have called on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to take stronger action on food waste.

UK government pledges £7 billion boost to exports

Over 100 more protected names for British food, more research for food innovation and less red tape will give a £7 billion boost to exports, the UK prime minister says....

Bread companies should drop glyphosate, says Soil Association

Consumers must pressure retailers and manufacturers to ensure bread does not contain glyphosate, says the Soil Association – but all traces are below safe limits, insists industry.

UK government committee backs halving free sugars limit to 5%

The UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has ditched a 10% upper limit on sugar intake instead recommending that less than 5% of daily energy should come from...

UK competition regulator warns supermarkets over ‘fake’ price promotions

UK food retailers could face stiff fines and court action after the nation's competition regulator found evidence that supermarkets were misleading customers with confusing pricing promotions.

dispatches from codex alimentarius, geneva

Codex backs work on international standard for quinoa

Bolivia and the US have been given the go ahead to work on an international standard for quinoa by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).

Egypt rocked by dog and donkey meat scandal

Egyptians have been unknowingly eating dog and donkey meat, along with meat that is not Halal, the country’s head of food safety has said.

UK soft drinks tax would cut calorie intake by a ‘mere 4 calories a day,’ argues industry body

The British Medical Association (BMA) is calling for a soft drink tax in the UK, but an industry body says targeting a single category is ‘misguided and unlikely to prove...

€143 per person per year can end chronic hunger globally

€143 (US$160) directed to people living in extreme poverty over a year can end world hunger in 15 years, the United Nations (UN) has said.

MEPs back TTIP but reject investor clause

MEPs have voted through a resolution supporting TTIP on condition the ISDS clause is replaced – but the proposed replacement has drawn criticism.

‘Excellent news’: Cider campaign welcomes UK Budget pledge to keep duty exemption, contrary to EU directive

The UK government has pledged to retain a duty exemption for small-scale cider makers, a policy that has been threatened by the European Commission. 

European Cardiology Society urges EU trans fat ban

The European Cardiology Society (ECS) has urged European policymakers to follow the United States’ lead and ban the use of artificial trans fats in the EU.

Opinion

How can the CSR halo benefit everyone?

Ethical business practices are gaining more currency each day, but is a common framework needed to ensure the benefits reach all involved -  the company, the consumer and the cause? ...

Food and drink firms plug water use by 24%

Food and drink manufacturers have slashed their water use by nearly a quarter in the past eight years, as it emerged water deregulation in England could save firms millions.

Russian companies react to food embargo extension

Russia’s meat industry could reap benefits from the extension of its food embargo, which will not directly increase prices on its domestic market, say market participants. 

European organisations urge MEPs to reject TTIP resolution

A coalition of 483 European organisations has written to MEPs urging them to reject the latest resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) due for vote in the...

Russian import blacklist decision on lactose-free 'doesn't change much': Valio

The exclusion of "specialized" lactose-free milk and dairy products from Russia's Western food import blacklist "doesn't change much," says Finnish dairy, Valio. 

EFSA health claims

Table salt replacer not proven to lower blood pressure

EFSA has rejected a German health claim submission that a table salt replacer could significantly lower blood pressure even though a clinical trial showed significant results.

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