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EU low-cal diet industry "could fold" if rules rubber stamped, warns trade body

New rules on low calorie diets could wipe out manufacturers and distributors of weight loss programmes in Europe, according to an industry trade body which is urging regulators to seek...

EU food sector unprepared for droughts set to hit palm oil, soy & cocoa

Europe’s food industry could be left exposed to supply shortages and rocketing prices as climate change increases the risk of droughts in key commodity-producing countries.

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€220m EU investment injection for Mediterranean food projects

The EU will invest €220 million in water and food projects in the Mediterranean area as part of the PRIMA programme.         

Irish minister lays out seven-point plan for food and drink industry after Brexit

The Irish minister for agriculture has presented a new seven-point Brexit plan for the food and drink industry, highlighting the country’s particularly precarious position as the UK’s neighbour and chief...

MEPs vote to end cross-border bias in online shopping

Shopping for specialty foods could become easier after an EU committee voted to lift restrictions preventing retailers from selling products online to consumers living in another member state.

FDA culls huge number of foreign food facility registrations

In its latest cleanup of its food facility registration database, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has culled an eye-opening 28% of existing registrations. The biggest drops happened in overseas...

RSPO issues first ever RSPO Next palm oil certification

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has issued its first RSPO Next certification, a stricter voluntary add-on, to Colombian-based agribusiness Daabon Group.

Operation Opson: Counterfeit alcohol tops list

Nearly 26 million litres of fake alcohol has been seized as part of an INTERPOL-Europol operation.

Top public nutrition adviser faces criticism after receiving money from chocolate industry

A spate of recent reports have accused a top member of Scotland’s food standards agency of bias after revealing her financial ties to a major chocolate firm - is the...

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British retail consortium releases ‘Brexit Tariff Roadmap’

The British food industry will face a serious hike in prices unless a tariff deal is struck, says trade association British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Could banning cargo offloading put an end to seafood malpractice?

A worldwide ban on transshipment of cargo on high seas maybe the only answer to endemic environmental and human rights abuses in the seafood supply chain, despite an inevitable rise...

Trans-fats: Pressure or prohibition?

New studies show banning trans-fats can save lives, but with the industry reformulating products to remove them, is more government policy necessary?

PureCircle plans to bring glucosylated stevia to Europe with EFSA request

PureCircle has requested a safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for glucosylated stevia as it hopes to bring the enzymatically modified sweetener to the European market in 2018.

Free-range egg producers in animal welfare row

British animal welfare body the RSPCA has introduced new requirements for all free-range poultry farmers, sparking a row over ethical standards.

EU launches electronic tracking system for organic imports

A new system to electronically certify imports of organic products and ingredients come into force today, promising to tighten traceability, fight fraud and collect reliable data on organic trade. ...

ANSES: We can’t challenge EFSA’s opinion on titanium dioxide (yet) but industry should find replacements

French food safety agency ANSES has said while it cannot challenge EFSA’s greenlight for titanium dioxide at the current time, it is nonetheless advising industry to replace the white food...

Nutritionists dispute relevance of sugar levels in chocolate spreads following report

Chocolate spreads and jams contain huge amounts of sugar, with two slices of bread containing the entire maximum daily intake - but some experts have questioned whether the quantities eaten are...

Dutch success on salt reduction overshadowed by sugar and fat fails

Dutch food manufacturers have successfully cut salt levels from many products but are dragging their feet on reformulation of sugar and saturated fat, according to a government report published earlier...

EU launches new sustainable fisheries project to fight climate change threats

The EU has launched the ClimeFish project, which will evaluate data streams to encourage European fisheries to adapt to the changing risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

Health risk from pesticide residues is low, says EFSA

The health risk from pesticide residues in food is low, according to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), with 97% of samples within legal limits - but...

JRC finds 14% of honey samples to be adulterated

More than 14% of tested honey samples have been found to be adulterated, according to a long-awaited report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Italy proposes €18,000 fine for firms failing to indicate Italian origin

New legislation could require manufacturers to give detailed origin labelling for all pre-packaged food on Italian shelves or face heavy fines – but does the move undermine EU law and...

Mediterranean overfishing risks reaching ‘a point of no return,’ report warns

Mediterranean Sea fish stocks are rapidly deteriorating with one third of commercial and non-commercial fish over-exploited and some on the verge of depletion, according to a report.

EFSA: No safety issues over acacia gum as food additive

Acacia gum is safe for use as a food additive concludes the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) following a risk re-evaluation request from the European Commission.

Palm oil and cocoa commitments undermined by poor regulation

Food manufacturers are struggling to tackle deforestation because of failures by governments both at home and overseas, according to candid interviews with a number of high-profile firms.

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