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Codex sets new standards for lead, cadium

The Codex Alimentarius Commission has set new internationalstandards on maximum allowed levels of contaminants, including lead, cadmium,and aflatoxins.

Irish health groups demand clamp down on junk food ads

The National Heart Alliance (NHA) and Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) have joined calls for tougher action on food marketing to kids.

EFSA launches GM food consultation

EFSA has launched an open consultation on the approach of its panel on GMOs in assessing hybrid genetically modified (GM) crops.

UK food industry responds to food marketing proposals

A coalition of UK food, soft drink and advertising industries have signed and submitted a response to Ofcom's consultation on food marketing to children.

IFT tackles global food regulations

The globalisation of the food industry is driving the harmonisation of ingredient regulations, though its still a jungle out there, as IFT conference delegates learnt last week.

Fears of breakdown as agriculture talks reach climax

The US is pushing to insert a special clause in trade negotiations in Geneva this week that would make its use of farm subsidies immune from prosecution, according to Oxfam.

Chr. Hansen wins natural colour patent case

Danish company, Chr. Hansen has announced that it has won a patent case to protect its natural LiquidCap colour, a result that protects not only Chr. Hansen but also the...

IFT: A US perspective on EU GM regulations

The EU's approach to GM food regulation has little theoretical basis, and panders to the fears and prejudices of its citizens, according to a US scientist.

Junk food legal action stopped by heart charity

British charity, the National Heart Foundation, has announced it is withdrawing its action to sue the communications watchdog Ofcom after the regulator said it would welcome consultation of the proposals...

EFSA restates on-going GMO strategy

The European Food Safety Authority has moved to restate it plans for co-operation with member states in the risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) foods, as the EU Environment Council's...

Omega-3 milk ads dropped in health claims row

Dairy Crest has criticised Britain's advert watchdog for telling the company to drop claims that its omega-3 milk could improve children's ability to learn.

Weekly comment

Litigation: a necessary cost of doing business?

In the US, the role of court action in defining limits not set by regulators is generating a flood of costly court cases for the food industry: much unnecessary, and...

FSA 'disappointed' at junk food ad proposals

The UK's FSA has expressed 'disappointment' at Ofcom's proposals on junk food advertising to kids, arguing that they are an insufficient response to the problem posed to children's health.

Plant genetics conference achieves unanimous approval

There was unanimous approval yesterday for a ministerial declaration on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Cargill welcomes new EU sweetener regulations

Cargill Sweetness Solutions has welcomed the change in EU law surrounding the sweetener erythritol, saying it will give food and beverage manufactures across Europe greater flexibility in developing their products.

Ofcom under pressure over junk food ads

The UK advertising regulator Ofcom is under pressure to reconsider its rejection of a 9pm watershed ban on junk food advertising, according to a UK newspaper.

Lamy accepts WTO talks 'harder than expected'

The WTO director general explains why he thinks the Doha round of agricultural trade negotiations has been more difficult than expected.

Law revision lowers permitted nitrite, nitrate levels

Revisions to the EU's food additives and sweeteners legislation includes stricter requirements on the use of nitrites and nitrates in meat, and approvals for seven new ingredients.

Changes to novel foods law aim to simplify application process

Proposed changes to the EU's regulation on novel foods would boost product innovation in the industry, and make cross-border trading easier, the European Commission says in a consultative document.

More appointments at EFSA as plant health gets panel

Europe's food safety authority has announced the appointment of almost 200 scientists to its scientific committee and panels, yet more new appointments at EFSA following the announcement that a new...

CIAA challenges EU to force successful WTO outcome

The CIAA has called on the EU to maintain pressure on negotiating partners in order to ensure a balanced and successful outcome to the current round of WTO talks.

EC president digs heels over agriculture concessions

There is no reason for the EU to put more agricultural concessions on the table at the WTO, according to current EC president Josef Proll.

Salt reduction

EuSalt: Why salt restrictions are not necessary

Robert Speiser, director of EuSalt, tells FoodNavigator why he strongly disputes the need for salt intake restriction guidelines.

GM organic contamination stokes EU controversy

The threshold for the contamination of organic products with genetically modified organisms (GMO) was one of the most controversial issues discussed by EU agriculture ministers this week.

FSA proposes new Sunset Yellow food colour standards

The UK's Food Standards Agency is seeking views and comments on proposed amendments to European colour regulations covering Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) and Titanium Dioxide (E 171).

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