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'Be bold', urges WTO director general

WTO director general Pascal Lamy has urged ministers in Hong Kong to be 'bold and courageous', but negotations have seen little progress.

EU urges end to trade distorting subsidies

Trade-distorting farm support must end, says the EU, as world ministers finally meet in Hong Kong to try and revive the WTO Doha trade round.

Europe moves to protect mountain food products

Agreement over what should define a mountain quality food product will help ensure accurate labelling and better protect a niche European food market.

Weekly Comment

The shimmer of patent valuation

Complex webs of assumptions are spinning a lie about the real value of today's companies, lulling directors and shareholders alike into a false sense of value creation.

Starch sweetener sector braces for sugar reform impact

EU sugar reform will have serious consequences for the long-term future for cereal starch sweetener producers, claims the AAC.

Global regulatory cooperation vital in fight against obesity

European and US food regulators will never be able to fully tackle issues relating to nutrition and obesity unless they work together, claims a pressure group.

Pessimism pervades pre-WTO summit atmosphere

Pessimism and intransigence from both Europe and the US means that next week's vital WTO trade talks in Hong Kong will collapse in embarrassing failure unless concessions are made fast.

India mulls compulsory GM labelling

India could soon become the latest country to make the labelling of GM foods compulsory.

UK food industry welcomes EU obesity strategy

The UK food industry has called the EC green paper on the promotion of healthy diets a 'sensible, integrated effort to tackle food and health issues'.

EU smoke flavouring regulations made clearer

A judgement reinforcing the harmonisation of smoke flavouring regulations has been welcomed by the European Commission.

Reform vital to food summit success, says FAO

The FAO's warning that urgent policy reform is needed comes just days before the make-or-break WTO Hong Kong summit on liberalising agricultural trade.

Nutritional profiling scheme 'political' claims food industry

The UK food industry has criticised the Food Standard Agency (FSA)'s latest nutrient profiling model for being 'subjective' and 'having no rational scientific basis'.

EU hopes for cessation of hostilities in banana feud

The European Union, which was left fuming after a second WTO rebuttal earlier this month, has finally agreed to a new import tariff of €176 per tonne.

Further lycopene safety trials necessary, says EFSA

Further trials are needed before lycopene, obtained from Blakeslea trispora, can be classified as a safe food colour, says EFSA.

CIAA warns of missed opportunity at WTO Hong Kong meet

The draft WTO Hong Kong ministerial declaration is considerably less ambitious than the stated original objectives of the meeting, according to the European food industry.

EU strengthens allergen labelling

From 25 November, the new rules, introduced by EC Directive 89/2003, will require pre-packed foods sold in the European Union to show clearly on the label if they contain any...

EU sugar reform: producers cautious, users frustrated

The EU is confident that the sugar reforms announced last week give producers a long-term competitive future, though firms such as Tate & Lyle remain cautious.

Food industry gives sugar reform a cautious welcome

Sugar users in the UK have cautiously welcomed the Council of Ministers' agreement to lower European sugar prices, but have demanded a more competitive future marketplace.

No progress on Codex health claims debate

The Codex nutrition committee made little headway on draft health claims recommendations this week but discussion looks set to advance more rapidly next year, with new input from member countries.

EC approves Danish GM compensation scheme

Denmark is to pay compensation in cases where conventional or organic production has suffered economic losses following genetically modified (GM) material contamination.

CIAA preaches gospel of free trade for food

The resumption of trade negotiations between the EU and Mediterranean countries is vital for the expansion of lucrative new markets, according to the CIAA.

EU sugar reform balanced between success and failure

Four key factors will determine whether this week's EU discussions regarding the sugar regime have been a success or a failure, says a key industry body.

Boel urges acceptance of EU sugar reform

EU commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel has urged the agricultural council to adopt bold sugar reform ahead of tomorrow's crucial meeting.

Codex agenda : health claims, dietary fibre and NRVs

A panel of global food experts may start their first debate on health claims this week, with the topic once again on the agenda at the Codex meeting in Bonn.

FSA traffic lights system signals labelling dispute

The FSA's backing of a 'multiple traffic light' (MTL) labelling initiative comes a day after the UK food industry promised a voluntary guideline on daily amounts (GDA).

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