SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Food & Beverage Development - EuropeUS edition | Asian edition

News > Policy

Denmark chews over carbon tax on foods

Denmark is considering a carbon tax on foods following research that suggests consumers need to be pushed rather than nudged towards ethical diets.

EFSA highlights high levels of suspected carcinogen in baby formula

Babies are exposed to almost ten times the acceptable levels of a potential carcinogen that has been found in infant formula, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Do we need a better global approach on whole grains?

The lack of a harmonised message on whole grain intake in many countries may be leading to confusion and creating barriers for industry, warn researchers.

UK businesses ‘stable’ but skills shortage fears growing

Business conditions for UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) stabilised over the past quarter but the looming skills shortage is still cause for concern, warned the latest Confederation of...

UK obesity soars as government inaction 'disappoints' campaigners and industry

Levels of obesity in the UK have almost doubled since the early 1990s, with 58% of women and 65% of men overweight or obese. Obesity-related hospital admissions for children have...

CVD prevention strategies should focus on eating more ‘good’ foods, not avoiding ‘bad’ foods

Greater consumption of foods found in the Mediterranean diet may be more important for prevention of heart disease and strokes than avoidance of ‘unhealthy’ processed foods, a new study finds. ...

Industry says it's ready for EU flavour ban

An EU ban on four food flavourings will come into effect next week, but industry says it has already voluntarily phased them out for commercial reasons.

News in brief

Cheese producer prosecuted after food safety failings

A UK-based cheese producer has been prosecuted after consistent findings of Listeria.

German court rules against 'vegan cheese' - but what should plant-based alternatives be called?

If it's not made from animal milk it can't be called cheese, a German court has ruled in a case against a 'vegan cheese' manufacturer. But when consumers' point of reference for a...

The EFSA hackathon: Authority offers €20,000 for app ideas

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is offering €20,000 for an app idea it can use to provide “quick, user-friendly” mobile access to its work."

TTIP – a nail in the coffin for EU food producers?

The big winners of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal will be the corporate food giants and US factory farms with European producers set to lose the most, according...

Monsanto slams EU attempt to block GM crops in Africa as 'neo-colonialism'

The European Parliament’s Committee on Development has urged G8 member states “not to support GMO [genetically modified] crops in Africa” as part of its critical resolution on the New Alliance for...

Almost one fifth of children are over tolerable levels for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD

Almost one fifth of young children exceed the tolerable daily intake for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD, says the Dutch food safety authority, as EFSA prepares to release an assessment on the...

Cheap food or no pesticides: Consumers can’t have it both ways, says ECPA

The European Crop Protection Association has said Europeans don’t understand the harsh realities of food production or appreciate the potential magnitude of the world’s food supply problem - pesticides are important in...

Danish fat tax had a ‘small but positive impact’ on the nation’s health

Denmark’s short-lived tax on saturated fat had a small but positive impact on the nation’s health, cutting consumption of total fat and boosting vegetable and fibre intake – although it also...

ASA ruling

Far from shy: Shouts about coconut sugar fall foul of advert regulators

Tiana Fair Trade Organic's claims that its coconut nectar is a “guilt free sugar substitute” are in breach of regulations, the British advertising authority has ruled.

EFSA 'urgently' requested to assess BPA safety

The Dutch presidency has “kindly but urgently” requested the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to look into the safety of bisphenol A (BPA).

Dutch industry-backed nutrition label ticked off with mounting criticism

The industry group behind the Dutch healthy eating label, known as the tick, has come under fire from a consumer watchdog which says it is confusing, biased and should be...

Food firms slam ‘sneaky’ shrinking products claim

Food and drink manufacturers have denied claims made by consumer pressure group Which? that shrinking the pack size of products was a “sneaky way of increasing prices”.

Any objections? Sweden notifies EU on vitamin D fortification plans

Sweden is preparing to send its proposals for mandatory vitamin D food fortification to the EU, with the regulation due to come into force in autumn 2016.

Italy moves to ban 18-month expiry date for olive oil

The Italian Senate this month voted to remove an 18-month expiry date on extra virgin olive oil, a move that the Italian agricultural association has called a “grave error”.

News in brief

NFU won’t campaign, but opposes Brexit

The UK’s National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has said that after evaluating of the agricultural merits of the case, it is in favor of staying in the European Union (EU).

Foodex 2016

‘We could be consuming food all the time that is not authentic but we wouldn’t know about it until afterwards’

‘We could be consuming food all the time that is not authentic but we wouldn’t know about it until afterwards’, according to Andy Morling, head, Food Crime Unit, Food Standards...

No new legislation needed on ‘growing up milks’, says long-awaited Commission report

There is no need for new legislation specific to so-called ’growing up’ milks, the European Commission has said in a report rebuked by industry and NGOs alike.

‘Argue for your deviation!’ EFSA tells industry

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) told industry in Brussels this week to “argue their case” if they deviate from its guidance on novel food applications.