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Ireland ponders sugary drinks tax

A tax on sugary drinks is being considered by the Irish government as part of the upcoming budget, a measure condemned by the Irish Beverage Council (IBC) as “costly political...

Commission stands firm on tax crackdown following US threat of retaliation

The European Commission is standing firm on its EU-wide investigation into member state tax schemes, despite a threat of retaliation from the US government.

ENVI chair seeks freeze on EFSA budget squeeze

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to fight proposals to cut 2017 budgets for EU agencies including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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Sugar taxes: A case of pop policy and comic consultation

The UK's sugar tax was little more than populist light relief to brighten a speech full of economic doom and gloom. But what's worse, argues Professor Jack Winkler, is that...

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EU seas fit to grant sea salt protected origin status

The EU has granted Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) to two forms of sea salt originating from Ireland that possess a unique mineral and nutrient profile, and rapid dispersion in...

France calls for an end to TTIP talks

The French trade minister said yesterday France wants to end TTIP negotiations, his German counterpart has said the talks have “de facto failed” and the deal’s biggest supporter, Britain, has...

Scottish food boss suggests UK obesity strategy won’t work

The head of Scotland’s food regulator has claimed that the UK’s childhood obesity strategy doesn’t go far enough.

Call for aflatoxin-free almond labelling rejected by EU Commission

An Italian  MEP’s call for tested almonds to be labelled as free of the carcinogenic mycotoxin, aflatoxin, was rejected by the EU Commission earlier this month.

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Trio accused of selling horse meat as beef

Three men have been charged with selling horse meat as beef.

Micreos positive on EFSA Listex opinion

Micreos has said it is ‘very positive’ following a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion on its technology for Listeria monocytogenes in Ready to Eat (RTE) foods.

Exporters to Jordan forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils

Companies exporting dairy to Jordan will be forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils or face a ban on business as the country becomes the latest to bar their use.

Maximum sustainable yield frameworks need to be adaptive, Myfish concludes

Maximum sustainable yield is not the same for every country and adaptable frameworks are therefore key for fisheries to meet CFP goals, the four-year Myfish project concluded.

Scotland launches food fraud hotline and warns Brexit could encourage criminals

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a new food fraud hotline to help regulators and police tackle criminal activity in the supply chain, as well as protect the food sector’s...

WHO adds more cancer types linked to excess weight

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified obesity as more of a risk factor for cancer than previously thought as a report identifies more cancer types linked to excess weight. ...

UK obesity plan attacks sugar – but calculating sugar in yogurt and dairy beverages is tough

The UK government has published its Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action paper.

Guidelines not sugar-coated: Limits for children announced

Children between the ages of two and 18 should consume fewer than six teaspoons of added sugars daily, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends.

Scotland wants advertising powers following “disappointing” UK obesity strategy

Scotland’s health minister could push for advertising laws to be devolved unless the UK government implements tighter restrictions on junk food.

How will milk drinks be affected by UK sugar tax?

Milk-based drinks are to be excluded from the UK sugar tax, given their nutritional value. And yet some milk-based drinks contain considerable amounts of added sugar. So how can the...

Need for know-how in hygienic engineering knows no borders - EHEDG

The European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) will establish 20 new regional sections by 2020.

New strategy: Scotland weighs up food taxes and ad bans

Scotland’s new food authority is prepared to take the hard-line on tackling obesity, with a junk food tax and advertising bans under consideration.

‘Inexcusable’ childhood obesity strategy a ‘missed opportunity,’ say campaigners

The British government’s long-awaited obesity strategy for children was released today to a chorus of criticism from medical experts and campaigners, dismayed the measures did not go further.

UK sugar tax: Government unveils plans and consultation

The UK government has confirmed details of its plans for a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, launching a consultation on the levy along with its long-awaited childhood obesity strategy today. ...

Government reticence on sugar tax and obesity policy leaves everything to play for in bitter battle

The UK food industry, the government and health campaigners are locked in a bitter battle to determine the country’s plan to tackle obesity. At its heart is the proposed sugar...

Supermarkets identified as main junk-food source for consumers: Study

Improving access to healthy foods may not be as effective in changing dietary habits as previously thought, as a study identifies supermarkets as the main source of junk food among...

Confectionery industry open to pan-EU 250 calorie cap per portion

Nestlé, Mars and Mondelēz are willing to discuss setting an industry-wide 250 kcal limit on confectionery portions across Europe.

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