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Government backing of Asda sugar target 'sad day for public health'

Asda’s promise to reduce added sugar in some of its own brand drinks this year is a positive step forward – but it also reveals the chaotic approach to sugar...

‘Regulations and incentives’ needed to reduce trillions of tonnes of hidden water use globally

Governmental and institutional actions are needed urgently to reduce the estimated 1.8 million tonnes of water – per person - used in food production around the globe, a UK group has urged.

Sugar low: “The use of such a health claim would convey a conflicting and confusing message..."

Glucose health claims: EFSA says yes; EC says no (and closes door)

Five glucose health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) back in 2012 have been officially banned by the European Commission due to concerns over what they would say to...

EFSA rejects novel foods status for arracacha root

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a novel foods application for the South American root vegetable arracacha xanthorrhiza after the applicant failed to provide sufficient information.

Europe vows to preserve protected food names in TTIP talks

The European Commission has vowed to preserve protected geographical indications (PGIs) for food and drink after coming under pressure to soften the rules in trade talks with the US.

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects yoghurt weight loss health claims

168 human publications including 48 intervention studies, 20 observational studies, 12 meta-analyses, 13 reviews, and 75 other studies (bioavailability and mechanistic studies) have failed to convince the European Food Safety...

Beyond GMOs: Europe needs to update biotech regulation

The European Union needs to update the way it regulates biotechnology as advances are made in plant breeding – or risk disrupting trade in commodity crops, according to Professor Huw...

Netherlands bans food ads to children under 13

A ban on all forms of advertising of food to children under the age of 13 is now in place in the Netherlands.

Tesco sweet-free checkouts: Can 'healthy snacks' fill the void?

Tesco UK has rolled-out its sweet-free checkout policy across convenience stores leaving space for snack makers to gobble up share, but some listing rules have been touted ‘deplorable’ by industry.

Malta launches nutrition action plan to adopt WHO health goals

Malta has launched a food and nutrition action plan in response to the World Health Organization’s Health 2020 policy framework – becoming the first European nation to do so.

The Lancet: Better nutrition requires better political economy understanding

Improving global nutrition won’t be achieved unless, “the roles of politics, economics, and institutions” can be better understood, The Lancet has reported.

Irish beef granted US access

Ireland has become the first EU member state to gain access to the US beef market following the lifting of a ban in March last year.

Luxembourg prohibits sale of edible insects

Luxembourg’s food safety authority has said it will not relax novel food laws prohibiting the sale of edible insects without specific Commission approval.

Honey Monster cereal slammed for ‘goodness’ claim

Halo Foods has breached advertising codes with ‘goodness’ claims on the honey content of Honey Monster cereal, the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.

1 pizza could equal 7 Big Macs’ worth of salt, says CASH

Supermarket, restaurant and takeaway pizzas contain ‘shockingly high’ levels of salt, according to a product survey by pressure groups CASH (Consensus Action on Salt & Health) and WASH (World Action...

FIC regulation was a big fish to fry, says European Snacks Association

The EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation has been the biggest challenge for snack makers during 2014 and difficulties aren’t over yet, says the European Snacks Association (ESA).

From industry to authority: Abbott Nutrition regulation director new FSAI chief

Dr Pamela Byrne, currently director of regulatory policy and intelligence for firm Abbott Nutrition, is to become the new chief executive for the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

Opinion

Boozy calorie counting

The Royal Society of Public Health’s call for calorie labelling of alcoholic drinks is a timely reminder that drinks contribute to energy intake.

Manufacturers face tough new laws to cut acrylamide levels in food

Manufacturers face tougher legal restrictions on the levels of the carcinogen acrylamide permitted in food, after the failure of many parts of the industry to cut them by voluntary measures.

Federation of Bakers: 2015 will be a fight back on carbs

The UK will publish an extensive report on the role of carbohydrates in the diet next year, presenting opportunities for bread makers to fight back against carb-bashing, says the Federation...

Sugary drinks tax slammed by nutritionist

Renewed calls to attack health problems by taxing sugary drinks have been slammed by a leading nutritionist, who claims cutting portion sizes and sugar content and tackling irresponsible retail promotions...

Commission urged to retain resource efficiency plans

Fifteen companies and environmental campaigners have joined forces to urge the European Commission to retain an action plan on efficient resource use.

UK campaigners suggest London soda tax

A suggested 20 pence per litre tax on sugary drinks in London would benefit health and save up to £39 million in healthcare, say campaigners. 

Opinion divided on Polish court’s ‘landmark’ reversal of non-stun slaughter ban

A secular organisation has called the Polish Constitutional Court’s decision to overturn a ban on non-stun slaughter ‘regrettable’, while a UK halal group says ‘common sense prevailed’.

Food manufacturers could be ‘forced out’ of the obesity debate

Food and drink manufacturers must emphasise the role of exercise in reducing obesity or risk being sidelined in the debate and hit with stricter regulation, according to new research.

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