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EU sugar sector must retain strategic importance after reform: report

The liberalisation of the EU sugar market next year must be accompanied by market measures to maintain sugar beet production and allow the sector to retain its strategic importance, according...

EU protected origin is 'high priority' in trade talks: Agriculture commissioner

Eight new products have been given geographical indication (PGI) and protected origin (PDO) status, showing how Europe gives "high priority" to protecting its foods in international trade talks, said the agriculture commissioner last week....

UK agrifood research programme launched

The global challenges of ensuring sustainable, resilient and healthy food supplies for all is the focus of the international launch of the N8 AgriFood programme today (June 21).

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Brexit vs Bremain: How would you vote?

The moment has come. After much debate the UK will have its EU referendum this Thursday. The question: 'Should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU?'...

Romania to require supermarkets to sell 51% local food

Romania is set to pass a law requiring supermarkets to sell a minimum of 51% local food, including dairy, bakery and meat products - but will the protectionist law get...

Draft legislation on tightening food checks agreed in EU

Draft plans to tighten up official controls along the food chain have been informally agreed in Europe.

Sports food is general food, says long-awaited Commission report

Sports food belongs under general food law not the upcoming Food for Specific Groups (FSG) regulation, the European Commission has concluded in a report that will leave industry opinion divided.

Call for UK Eatwell Guide overhaul sparks 'real food' debate

A call for the new UK healthy eating guidelines to be completely overhauled has reignited debate among nutrition experts.

‘Make Europe's food healthier by 2017,’ Council tells member states

The Council of Health Ministers has called on member states to draw up national plans to improve Europe's food composition by the end of 2017.

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'The resources to tackle obesity are there. It's just the will that's lacking': Expert

The global discourse on obesity is full of people saying it's a complex problem but offering simple solutions - it's time we put in place a bottom-up and top-down approach,...

Sugar tax could eat into unhealthy breakfast cereal sales, study finds

A sugar tax of 20% could discourage shoppers from buying unhealthier breakfast cereals, research has shown. 

ASA ruling

Health claim fail: ASA gives UK smoothie firm rough ride

For the second time in 13 months Juice Garden has been pulled up by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making unauthorised health claims.

Brexit debate

Food industry ‘blighted until 2020’ if Brexit wins vote

The UK economy – including its largest manufacturing sector, food and drink – will be blighted until 2020 if the country votes for Brexit, claimed The Economist Intelligence Unit.

News in brief

Norway joins the move to 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe

Norway has become the latest country to sign the Amsterdam Declaration which aims to see 100% of palm oil used in Europe certified sustainable by 2020. 

It’s official: Manufacturers can make sugar replacement claims

From 20th June, manufacturers will be able to claim a “lower blood glucose rise” when using non-digestible carbohydrates as sugar replacers, following the publication of a new article 13.5 claim in...

Brexit debate

Food sector 'better off in the EU': Liz Truss

Environment secretary Liz Truss has claimed the future success of the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector hinged on it remaining a part of the EU, in a speech to...

Obesity forum: ‘No plans’ to replace board members

The National Obesity Forum (NOF) has no plans to replace the four members who resigned last week – after a controversial pro-fat report was released by mistake – according to the organisation.

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Bomb scare at EFSA offices under investigation

Italian authorities are investigating a bomb scare at the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) offices yesterday.

Brexit debate

Brexit could have ‘severe’ trade impact on food firms

Brexit could have “severe” consequences for food manufacturers that trade with EU countries, as they could face delivery delays and customs barriers, a logistics supplier has warned. 

600 VOTES FOR, 48 AGAINST

MEPs overwhelmingly vote for action on unfair trading practices

European politicians have voted overwhelmingly in favour for action to end unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain in a plenary vote today.

Cured meat firms fear EC nitrite cuts

Processed meat producers worry that the European Commission (EC) could reduce the maximum level of nitrites that are allowed to be used as a preservative in cured meat products such...

New sugar labeling a boon for alternative sweeteners

The added sugars portion of the newly revamped nutrition facts labels for food products will provide a significant opportunity for purveyors of alternative sweeteners, an industry expert says.

Renewal of glyphosate in EU still in limbo

The reauthorization of controversial herbicide, glyphosate, has again failed to get the backing of an EU committee.

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Food and drink manufacturers ‘better off outside EU’

The UK’s largest manufacturing industry, made up of mostly small and medium-sized firms, supplies over half of our food with a turnover of £85bn and employs over 3.5M people. ...

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Brexit will ‘damage UK food manufacturing’: survey

Most respondents (60%) in a ‘state-of-the-industry’ survey, conducted by this website, fear a vote to leave the EU on June 23 will be bad for their businesses, increasing the costs...

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