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UK misses 100% sustainable palm oil target

The UK failed to achieve a commitment to source 100% sustainable palm oil by the end of 2015, according to new data published by the government.

‘Potentially full scale-up’: Cargill pilots cocoa child labor monitoring system

Cargill has begun trialing the International Cocoa Initiative’s (ICI) child labor monitoring and remediation system in cocoa growing communities in Côte D’Ivoire.

Vegetable juice in a traditional pastry? French consumer group slams industry's 'marketing jargon'

The value of terms such as home-made, artisan and traditional has been lost to clean label jargon and marketing, says French consumer group Que Choisir. Is it time for a legally-binding...

Final push: Commission promotes CETA ahead of vote

As EU politicians prepare to vote on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada this week, the Commission has launched an interactive guide to show Europeans how it would...

Brexit will be sweet for cane and beet, says British sugar industry

Brexit’s impact on the food industry remains speculation, but one British market feels the outcome of the UK’s impending departure will be sweet: the sugar industry.

Commission to set maximum acrylamide levels in ready-to-eat foods

The European Commission plans to set maximum levels for acrylamide in ready-to-eat foods such as baby foods, crisps and breakfast cereals.

Quinoa gene tinkering key to meeting worldwide food demand

Quinoa has the potential to provide a highly nutritious food source to the world’s growing population and a new genetic map can help researchers to breed in useful traits.

Food for Health Ireland improves information on milk proteins and peptides

While milk has been known as an ‘excellent source of proteins, calcium and vitamin D’ and therefore ‘good for your muscles and bones’ for many years, other attributes of milk...

A ‘sustainable food pact’ between industry and government is the only way to save UK farms: Green Alliance

Efforts to drive food prices down and increase production have resulted in major degradation of UK farmlands, and Brexit may be a golden opportunity to restore health to British agriculture...

Good year, bad year: 2016 was challenging for RSPO; Will it fare better in 2017?

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) faced a number of well-publicised challenges last year. Consumers remain confident in the scheme, it appears, but can the same be said for...

Food insecurity may hinder children’s mental and physical development: Review

Unreliable access to affordable, nutritious food has a significant bearing on a child's behaviour, academic performance and emotional well-being, a review has determined.

Wageningen University launches task force to fight food waste

A new organisation aimed at reducing food waste has kicked off in the Netherlands, but how will it succeed where a plethora of other initiatives have failed?

European Commission launches public consultation on Common Agricultural Policy

The EU commissioner for agriculture has called for all stakeholders in the European food and agriculture industry, and the public, to collaborate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy...

Salt reduction strategies are failing to reduce UK health inequalities: BMJ study

Salt reduction strategies in the United Kingdom (UK) are more effective amongst the wealthier, health-conscious members of the country’s population, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)....

MEPs vote to protect European banana growers from imports

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) gave the green light to measures aimed at protecting European banana producers from import surges last week as one of the biggest global producers,...

Could Brexit trigger a race to the bottom for Britain's food safety & quality?

As the UK government's white paper on Brexit calls for "frictionless trade", the National Farmers' Union has spoken out in favour of a level playing field with new trade partners,...

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What are the sustainable scores on the board? Who cares?

Hardly a week goes by without a scorecard on sustainable sourcing, an index on environmental performance or new rankings for ethical business practices. There’s little doubt these have made a...

EFSA raises locust bean gum questions for specialised infant products

EFSA has called for further studies into the safety of locust bean gum for specialised infant and baby nutrition products, as it also opens a consultation into infant formulae from...

Age does not determine eating capability but can affect flavour perception, say researchers

Flavour perception, but not necessarily texture, weakens with age and new product developers need to take this into account, according to researchers at the Optifel conference in Paris.

Audit confirms quality of EU protected origin products

Consumers are guaranteed a reasonable level of assurance regarding the quality of protected origin products, such as Parmesan cheese, according to a recent report by the European Commission.

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Exploring the legal status of edible insects around the world

Entomophagy is a new phenomenon in the West, and as a result it is rarely regulated. This leads to public institutions like food agencies, customs and health departments often finding...

ENVI politicians back stricter rules on marketing junk food to children

Europe's food safety and health politicians have voted in favour to further restrict marketing unhealthy food to children on TV and video platforms in a committee vote.

News in brief

Copa & Cogeca welcome support to extend EU milk package beyond 2020

Farming and cooperative group Copa and Cogeca has welcomed EU Farm Ministers’ support to extend the EU milk package beyond 2020, stressing that the package helps farmers.

FDF: 'It's an interesting concept and worth exploring'

Exercise labels are more effective than standard nutrition info for healthy eating, say researchers

'Exericise labels' that say how much physical activity is needed to burn off the calories in food are significantly more effective in encouraging healthy eating than standard nutrition information, according to...

French agency ANSES slashes recommended meat intake in new guidelines

French food agency ANSES has updated its nutrition guidelines, cutting the recommended intake for meat and encouraging more pulses and less sugar. But how does it compare to other national...

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