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Campaigners disappointed by ‘null conclusion’ of UK report on online ads to children

The Children's Food Campaign has said it is disappointed that a UK report on advertising to children failed to bring digital marketing like ‘advergames’ in line with broadcasting rules.

We must unite Fairtrade and trade union movements: Fairtrade CEO

We must follow the example of Sweden and bring together the two “very noisy” movements of workers' trade unions and Fairtrade, the CEO of Fairtrade International Harriet Lamb has said....

EU Commission launches inquiry into Danish fat tax

The European Commission has launched an inquiry to determine whether Denmark’s short-lived ‘fat tax’ constituted illegal state aid for manufacturers who did not have the tax levied on their products....

EU handed protein intake recommendations; no DRVs

Europe’s central food science agency says European adults require on average 0.83 g protein/kg body weight each day from “high quality protein and to protein in mixed diets” in a just-issued...

CAP urges clear labelling of online advergames

Online food and drink advertising rules are sufficient to protect children – but more action is necessary, according to the UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP).

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EFSA outlines priorities to 2017

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its work programme objectives for the next three years, including opinions on acrylamide and caffeine due this year.

TTIP threatens EU food safety and animal welfare standards, claim NGOs

The EU-US trade deal currently under negotiation in Brussels may threaten animal welfare and food safety in Europe, a coalition of NGOs has claimed in a new report.

report calls for tighter regulations on alcohol advertising

Strewth mate! Children are more familiar with Foster’s than ice-cream and biscuit brands

Children are more familiar with alcohol brands such as Foster’s than leading brands of biscuits, crisps, and ice-cream, according to a report from Alcohol Concern in England and Scotland. ...

Commission may face inquiry over alleged TTIP secrecy

The European Commission may face allegations of maladministration over its treatment of requests to access documents related to EU-US trade talks.

Stricter standards and broader scope for Nordic Keyhole label

Sweden’s National Food Association (NFA) has made changes to its Keyhole healthy eating label in light of new nutrition guidelines, meaning less salt, more wholemeal and a broader range of...

Online ‘advergames’ link to child obesity studied

The debate about childhood obesity will intensify tomorrow (February 5) when a comprehensive review of digital and online food and drink marketing to children is published.

EFSA must revise its conflict of interest rules: European Ombudsman

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been told to revise its conflict of interest rules, after the European Ombudsman received complaints that GM working group members failed to provide full...

Ban energy drink sales to under 18s and energy shots completely, says Foodwatch Germany

The sale of caffeinated energy drinks to under 18s and energy shots in general should not be allowed, according to the German branch of consumer protection group Foodwatch.

Vrai bats off 100% organic criticism: We used what was available

It is not always possible to secure 100% organic raw materials, the French organic yoghurt brand Vrai has said in response to a consumer group campaign against its use of...

Denmark launches ‘most ambitious’ organic plan

The Danish government has announced a plan to double its organic farmland by 2020 and to increase demand for organic food.

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...

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