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GMO compliance to enter global stage

A UN agreement to protect biodiversity and human health moved one step further on Friday when Environment Ministers in the EU formally adopted the regulation...

UK gives green light for new sweetener

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced this week that new regulations giving a two-year temporary national authorisation to market a new sweetener - 'salt...

A cup of noni juice with DHA please

The wheels of European bureaucracy continue to turn with the European Commission this week granting approval to two novel foods for use as food ingredients....

CIAA backs reform

With a production value of over €600 billion, the responsibility of up to 3 million employees, and the main user of Community agricultural produce, the...

Ploughing the route to reform

Ahead of testing negotiations, aimed at reaching a decision on the reform proposals to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), that start today at the Agriculture...

MEPs back GMO compliance treaty

Marking a crucial step towards the full implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) yesterday reached an agreement on...

Fischler defends decoupling before MEPs

European Commissioner for agriculture, Franz Fischler - the crusader of farm reform in Europe - yesterday defended his much maligned proposed amendments to the common...

Irish call for comments on food safety

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is inviting all interested parties to comment on the proposed EU legislation, Regulation on Official Feed and Food...

Scientists appointed to Europe's new food safety body

The baton has been passed - and not too soon either. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has, at last, appointed the body of scientists...

Illegal flavouring agents prompt food recall

Five Japanese companies have said they will recall a wide range of food products which were made using three banned flavouring agents. The ingredients -...

Australian food standards, CODEX style

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the authority that develops food standards for composition, labelling and contaminants for food products for sale in Australia...

Hydrolysed proteins - tighter labelling

Ingredients and labelling thereof hit the news again this week following revelations in the UK that chicken has been bulked up with water and hydrolysed...

MEPs support low GM threshold

MEPs in the Parliament's environment committee have voted in favour of stricter measures governing accidental contamination and the labelling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), reports...

Improved transparency for European consumer

Moves at a European level to improve food safety and heighten transparency continued this week with European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection David Byrne...

Research base linked to Intellectual property issues

EU Commissioner for Research Philippe Busquin underlined the importance of improving training and information exchange among scientists on intellectual property (IP) issues at the PATLIB ...

Strong compliance in colour labelling

The vast majority of drinks manufacturers are sticking to the rules on artificial colourings, finds a new survey commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency...

German risk agency welcomes new head

After a series of food safety scares in Europe the issue of exactly how to effectively deal with risk in the food chain is an...

EU council gives thumbs up for intense sweeteners

Following a proposal from the European Commission to allow the use of two new intense sweeteners - sucralose and an aspartame-acesulfame - the European Competitiveness...

Keeping the door open to MPC and casein

"Maintaining unrestricted entry for imports of milk protein concentrates (MPC) and casein," is a top priority for the Consumers for World Trade (CWT), according to...

FSAI wraps knuckles over mislabelling

Irish consumers concerned about the presence of GM ingredients will be assured by the results of a recent survey commissioned by Food Safety Authority of...

Inulin gets the GRAS green light

News again today on inulin with Sensus America, a subsidiary of Dutch company Sensus, announcing that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given inulin...

Aussie budget confirms commitment to food safety

The Australian government is to provide a total of A$2.8 million (€1.5m) over four years to strengthen food safety standards in Australia, through the development...

Fischler convinces ministers over CAP?

Dr Franz Fischler, the leading light behind reform proposals to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), continued on his crusade to guarantee the quality of food...

US biotech WTO move knocked by EU

So, they went ahead and did it anyway. Despite imminent changes to the European legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), re-iterated by EU Trade Commissioner...

Food safety, maintaining guiding principles

Discussions relating to European enlargement and the role the food industry must play in meeting current European food safety standards are rife across current, and...

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