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Commission was wrong to separate med agency and EFSA: MEP

The Commission was wrong to separate the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), nutrient profiles are unconvincing and the threat of botanical court action is...

European Council declassifies TTIP trade negotiation document

The Council of the European Union has published the negotiating directives for EU-US trade talks (TTIP) after months of criticism from NGOs and campaigners over an alleged lack of transparency.

News in brief

FDF director general stands down

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) director general Melanie Leech has announced her decision to stand down from her role in the New Year, to lead the British Property Federation....

Novel food proposals

Does 'history of safe consumption' mean foods are safe?

Proposals to create a separate process for novel food approval from countries outside of the EU will not see the market flooded with unsafe foods, a European Commission official told...

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‘Frightened’ UK grocery brands slow to report retail dirty dealing

The adjudicator charged with policing the UK food and beverage manufacturing supply chain against retailer malpractice claims that many suppliers are scared of speaking out for fear of retribution.

"As a member of Parliament, I need facts. And I think you, the food industry, have the resources to find those."

MEP defends EU novel foods laws against innovation attacks

The food industry should provide facts if it expects EU decision makers to consider dismantling the controversial novel foods regulation it has long-argued discourages innovation, a UK member of the...

Scottish food standards agency moves step closer

The role of a newly-created food standards body in Scotland has been debated by Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).

UK's traffic light label is 'negative', says Commission

The UK’s traffic light label has incited more objections than the Nordic keyhole system because the former is more negative in its nutrition guidance, says the European Commission.

‘It was open, we used it’: Assolatte defends 'disproportionate' Italian cheese PSA use

The Italian Dairy Association (Assolatte) has defended the “disproportionate” use of European Commission (EC) private storage aid (PSA) by Italian cheesemakers that led to the scheme's closure. 

Current rules on GM crops ‘create conflict’, says European Commissioner-designate

The European Commissioner-elect for health and food safety has said he intends to review rules on GM crop cultivation and broker compromise on animal cloning, among other top-priority topics.

EU snack sector: Origin labeling would be ‘really problematic’

Origin labeling for single ingredients would be a logistical nightmare for snack makers serving no value to consumers, says the European Snacks Association (ESA). 

Russian food import ban: European farming group urges stronger action

European farming group Copa-Cogeca has said stronger action is needed to alleviate the impact of the Russian ban on EU food imports, although it has welcomed an aid package for...

Commission opens infraction proceedings against UK’s 'traffic light' label

The European Commission has formally opened infraction proceedings against the UK for its 'traffic light' food labelling system, giving the state two months to defend itself against business complaints.

Dangers posed by using the wrong food contact materials

Dangers lurk for companies that fail to understand their duty to provide safe products under the latest regulations covering materials, such as packaging, that are in contact with food and...

Guest article

FIC regulation: When is nutrition labelling mandatory?

The Provision of Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC) is fast approaching the key date in December 2014, after which the majority of its provisions start to take effect. In...

Private storage aid for EU cheese closed after 'disproportionate' Italian interest

The European Commission (EC) has ended private storage aid (PSA) for cheese - introduced to alleviate the impact of the Russian embargo - after a “disproportionate surge in interest” from Italy....

FIC regulation: Lost in translation?

Pan-European food companies could be prone to major translation blunders as they look to implement new food labelling rules, says translation expert Richard Brooks.

News in brief

EU updates products on border check list

The EU is to modify the list of feed and food of non-animal origin subject to different levels of official controls from next month.

Industry reformulation is the only route to better nutrition, says expert

Food producers should look at the current obesity crisis as an opportunity to do good business and do good for public health through the reformulation of mass-market products, says one...

Malaysia

Halal certifier: We could cover medicine, but only if there's no panic

Although Malaysia’s halal certification is pretty much the only such standard that is accepted across the world, the body behind it continues to refuse to allow the accreditation of medicines...

World’s biggest food companies to tighten marketing rules

Eleven of the world’s biggest food and beverage companies have signed a commitment to harmonise nutrition labelling, and approaches to reformulation and marketing to children on a global basis.

Scientist fires EU coffee warning ahead of EFSA caffeine publication

A high-profile scientist warns that any move by EFSA to recommend lower upper levels of caffeine consumption below 300mg/day could be ‘very harmful’ for the EU coffee industry, ahead of...

Whisky body welcomes stability of Scottish referendum result

The Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) has welcomed the “stability” brought by the vote for Scotland to stay in the UK.

WHO targets a trans fat-free Europe

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for a complete ban on trans fats throughout Europe as part of a new action plan on diet and health.

Organic production: To certify or not?

Subsidies have led to high rates of organic certification in Europe – while costs and confusion often prevent US organic producers from certifying their products, according to a new study.

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