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Oikos fights government plans to abandon Norway's organic targets

Oslo’s government has announced plans to reduce its ambitious organic targets, sparking a backlash from the country's lead organic trade group who advise their government to 'Look to Sweden'.

Sugar, salt and fat taxes are 'very positive', says Health Commissioner

The EU Health Commissioner has said that taxation on certain ingredients and products can be a “very powerful” tool for tackling health issues, including obesity. Campaigners have welcomed his comments but food...

Waiver for free range eggs ruled illegal by EU commissioner Hogan

Commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan has ruled out any waiver on the EU’s free range egg policy, which has forced many producers to abandon the status in the wake of...

UK triggers article 50 for Brexit; Industry reacts

Today UK prime minister Theresa May triggered article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally launching Britain’s exit from the European Union, which the British and European food industry had opposed.

Food and drink promos ‘undermining’ childhood obesity efforts, say MPs

Highly discounted food items and the ‘buy one get one free’ price promotions are undermining the efforts made in tackling childhood obesity, according to the UK Commons Select Committee. 

Scotland and Wales launch plans to help food sector weather 'uncertain times'

Scotland and Wales have launched ambitious new plans to help power their food industries through the years of uncertainty that are expected now the UK has begun the process of...

MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker...

Nestlé "very concerned" over deforestation links to Wilmar palm oil

Nestlé says it is "very concerned" by allegations that its palm oil supplier Wilmar International has again been implicated in sourcing palm oil from the protected Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia, according...

France's food waste ban: One year on

Has the French system of penalties for supermarkets wasting surplus food really worked? 

EFSA to recommend daily intake values for added sugar by 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish a scientific opinion on how much sugar can be included in a healthy diet by 2020, it has confirmed.

News in brief

Manuscript text used by reviewer for published paper, journal claims

A study has been retracted by the journal’s editors after it was found to contain content from another paper that the study’s author was reviewing for another journal. ...

WHO praises France for ‘straightforward’ nutrition logo

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has praised France for officially backing a voluntary, front-of-pack nutrition logo that “clearly stood out as the most consumer-friendly scheme”.

A 20% sugar cut by 2020? ‘It won’t be possible,’ says FDF

A 20% sugar cut across all food categories by 2020 – as per voluntary targets set by the UK government – is not technically possible, nor would it be acceptable...

'Very little appetite' amongst consumers for post-Brexit food regulation changes

Politicians need to think very carefully about how they communicate what Brexit means for food safety and regulation, according to new research carried out in Scotland.

Soy cultivation: What is the path to sustainable land use in Brazil?

Expansion of soy production in the Brazilian Cerrado is possible but it needs to be managed to preserve areas of biodiversity, says an expert.

Smartphone app FoodSwitch shows UK industry is lagging on salt targets

A smartphone app that allows consumers to scan products and suggests healthier alternatives they should buy instead has shown industry is falling behind on national  salt reduction targets, according to...

Growth in deforestation commitments hides transparency issues

The number of manufacturers using one of the four key commodities linked to deforestation has increased from 67% to 71%, but a worrying number of targets have been missed or...

Interview: WCF President

Big 12 cocoa and chocolate players pledge to end deforestation in cocoa

The 12 major players in cocoa and chocolate have united with public sector partners to eradicate deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.

EU okays organic imports from Norway and Iceland

Organic products from Norway and Iceland, including Norwegian organic salmon, can once more be imported to the European Union following a harmonisation of rules on production standards.

Invented brand name Toscoro too similar to protected Toscano, EU rules

A French firm has lost the right to sell its range of condiments under the brand name Toscoro after the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) ruled it resembled too closely...

5-C NutriScore to be France's official nutrition label

The five-colour NutriScore is the most effective nutrition label in promoting healthier food choices and will be adopted as the official (but voluntary) label in France, the health minister has said. ...

Protecting consumers from deception: EU Parliament backs tough food inspection regulations

The EU Parliament has backed new regulations for tougher food inspections from farm to fork in a bid to qualm consumer worries of food fraud after the horse meat scandal in...

‘Low-content’ food labels are ‘misleading’ for consumers, US study claims

Products that claim to be low-fat, reduced sodium or cholesterol-free do not accurately represent the food’s nutritional quality, giving consumers a false sense about its health benefits, according to a US study....

UK food industry calls for early Brexit deal with Ireland

Heads of the British food and drink industry have called on the government to organise early Brexit trade deals with the Republic of Ireland.

Glyphosate should not be classed as a carcinogen: ECHA

In a long awaited opinion, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said, on the available scientific evidence, there were no grounds to classify the controversial herbicide, glyphosate, as a carcinogen, as...

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