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FSA opens consultation over EU additives directive

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched its consultation regarding the implementation of EU directives in England on food additives other than colours and sweeteners and sweeteners for use in...

EU lifts extra GMO controls on US corn

The European Commission has lifted extra controls on imports of US corn products for unauthorised genetically modified material, claiming that these are no longer necessary.

Brussels red-faced after health claims mix-up

Hammering out the health and nutrition claims regulation has not been easy - and in December the wrong version was published.

Cargill seeks EU novel foods approval for sweetener

Cargill is seeking EU approval for its sweetener Xtend Sucromalt, which it claims can bring slow energy release and low glycaemic response to a wider range of applications.

Compromise vital if EU nutrition labelling to survive

Food industry and consumer groups are poles apart over the question of mandatory nutrition labelling with government opinion somewhere between the two.

European banana reforms come into force

The EC has welcomes the introduction of a new aid scheme to European banana producers.

EFSA advises that cassia gum 'not of safety concern'

EFSA has concluded that the use of cassia gum - complying with newly defined specifications as an additive for proposed food uses - is not a safety concern.

Codex sets agenda for oils and fats

The 20th session of the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils an international meeting that establishes guidelines on fats and oils kicks off next month.

Which? calls for watershed ban on junk food advertising

Consumer group Which? has called for a total ban on the advertising of unhealthy foods in the UK before the 9PM watershed as the most effective way to protect childrens...

CIAA lobbies for changes to environmental, trade policies

The Confederation of Food and Drink Industries of the EU (CIAA) has outlined its strategy in lobbying EU legislators in the upcoming year on environmental policies and international trade issues.

EU Council backs Austrian ban on GM corn

The European Council is today due to formally back Austria's ban on the cultivation of two genetically modified crops, a move the biotechnology industry has branded as a "departure from...

EFSA adopts opinion on Bayer GM crop

Europe's Food Safety Authority has ruled that a genetically-modified cotton plant, which can be used for food applications, presents no cause for concern.

Food regulations round-up 2006

The past 12 months have seen several important developments on the European regulatory scene, which will play a big role in shaping the supplements and health foods industries for the future.

EC unveils simplified CAP plans

The EC has proposed simplifying the CAP by replacing 21 Common Market Organisations (CMOs) with a single CMO.

Industry comment

Food firms: legal knowledge vital to Christmas profits

If businesses are not aware of the rights of temporary workers, Christmas profits could be eroded by costly employment disputes warns law firm Eversheds.

Abolish maize intervention, says EC

The system of public intervention purchases for maize should be abolished from the 2007/2008 marketing year, says the EC.

EC Health claims publication update

The new European health and nutrition claims regulation and food fortification regulation will enter into force in January 2007, as the EC decides not the wait for adoption of the...

Court annuls 2002 decision on Spanish agriculture

An EC decision relating to measures adopted by Spain and implemented within the agricultural sector has been annulled.

Health claims publication tabled for March/April

Publication of the new European health and nutrition claims and food fortification regulations has been delayed until next spring - a scenario that should affect nothing but the timescale for...

EFSA calls for data on food colours

Europe's food safety authority has called for data on food colours as part of a systematic re-evaluation of all authorised food additives in the EU.

EC simplifies agriculture aid rules

The EC's adoption of new rules on state aid to agriculture is designed to provide simpler and more effective regulation.

Use of nisin in liquid eggs 'not a safety concern'

Extending the use of the additive nisin to cover the preservation of liquid eggs does not pose a safety concern, says EFSA.

GM starch potato approval goes Council of Ministers

The decision on approving the GM starch potato Amflora for cultivation has been transferred to the Council of Ministers.

EC proposes new NZ butter import rules

The EC has proposed new import arrangements for New Zealand butter in order to avoid 'discriminatory practices'.

EC comments on Codex draft food additives standard

The EC has commented on Codex's draft standard for fat spreads and blended spreads - food additives section.

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