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Croatia set for food agency

Croatia is about to get its own food agency, which will work alongside the EFSA to bring the former Yugoslavian state in line with EU food safety regulations ahead of...

Food market awash with illegal red dye

The roll call of food products contaminated by the harmful illegal red dye Sudan I continues with the UK's food watchdog finding the potential carcinogen in two product lines on...

GM battle rages on in EU

Early last week the German government passed a bill codifying European Union legislation for the cultivation and export of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into national law. Following suit, the UK...

'Fat tax' plans dismissed as unworkable

The thorny issue of imposing taxes on fatty foods in a bid to reduce levels of obesity raised its ugly head in the UK once again this week - but...

No decision yet on GM maize

Monsanto will have to wait a little longer to find out if it will be granted permission by the European Union authorities to import its genetically modified (GM) maize NK603...

End to GM ban imminent?

European scientists will meet today to decide the fate of a genetically modified corn developed by US biotech giant Monsanto. A positive outcome from the committee would end Europe's five...

EU extends PCB list?

In a bid to reassure the European Parliament after a recent study alerted the world to levels of cancer-causing toxins present in farmed salmon, Europe's head of consumer safety stressed...

GM ingredients detected in organic 'GM free' foods

A wide range of organic or health food products on sale in the UK contain traces of genetically modified (GM) ingredients, according to a study due to be published in...

Parliamentary priorities for Europe include food and feed hygiene

The European Parliament will be dissolved in May, ahead of elections in June, but before this happens, it will have to agree on a number of key proposals : health...

Government crack down on illegal meat and fruit imports

A publicity drive launched last week by the UK government will be a vital part of the fight to stamp out illegal imports of meat and plant material, said the...

Food additive petition withdrawn

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the withdrawal - 'without prejudice to a future filing?- of a food additive petition on polyester-polyurethane resin-acid dianhydride adhesive.

Green light for cellulose gum on food labels

European hydrocolloid suppliers have welcomed new labelling rules that provide E-number shy manufacturers with an alternative name for the complex sounding food additive carboxymethylcellulose (CMC). From now on, cellulose gum...

Driving competitivity in Europe's food industry

Millions of euros will be poured into three major 'farm-to-fork?research projects, the Commission said yesterday, to reinforce R&D co-operation at a European level and bring a monetary boost to the...

Tinned GM sweetcorn to land in EU trolleys?

An end to Europe's unofficial five-year ban on new biotech crops could be imminent as the Commission backs proposals to import a new GM sweetcorn. Ministers in the EU 15...

US to amend biotech rules

The US agriculture department will 'update and strengthen' its biotechnology regulations for imports, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the government body said this week.

GM free in the Garden of Eden

Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler has warned delegates at a conference on organic farming that food which is completely free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a thing of the past,...

'May contain' gets an overhaul

In a bid to clarify labels and in response to consumer concerns, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a consultation on the use of alternative phrases to 'may...

Parliament doubles EU food agency funding

Double the budget and a permanent location in the bag - life is looking up for Europe's first food agency.

Europe on the alert for carcinogenic colours

Europe's food industry faces increased recalls and further costs as a Commission clampdown yesterday extended rules on illegal carcinogenic red chemical dyes to include curry powder.

FDA amends fish oil GRAS

The US food watchdog this week issued a 'tentative final rule' that amends the current GRAS status for a fish oil used in food ingredients, to control consumer intake of...

Parnuts update for Scotland

The Scottish food watchdog has opened the doors for industry views on the imminent changes to the rules on 'parnuts' - foods for nutritional uses.

Tracking the harmful red ingredient

A cancer-causing red dye found in chilli powder or chilli products has contaminated over 120 food products on the supermarket shelves in the UK, a figure set to climb as...

Byrne defends law on health claims

Putting paid to media lip-service and the 'wildly false picture' it has painted, EU Commissioner David Byrne defends European proposals to clarify health and nutrition claims on food products.

Tighter traceability for GMOs

Laws on GMO traceability for food companies operating in the European Union moved up a gear on Friday with the Commission clearing a new system of coding for all GMO...

New lutein fortified formulations to market

A technology that allows the health ingredient lutein to be delivered to clear beverages has been given GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status from the US Food and Drug Administration.