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EU health coalition calls for 6am-11pm ban on junk food advertising

A coalition of European health organisations is campaigning for later watershed times and restricted product placement for adverts and television marketing unhealthy food and alcohol.  

Carbon price would result in food costs rising 3%

A global carbon price is “unlikely” to cause major shifts in consumption patterns between foods, but supply chains could be decarbonised if more companies looked to incentivise reductions upstream, according to a...

Amnesty report fallout: Another blow for RSPO?

Amnesty International’s report is another dent in the reputation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as three of the suppliers on Wilmar's operations were RSPO-certified. 

Future policy challenges: Global and local food; a weak EU and ‘phood’

Risk assessment, early warning for emerging hazards and official controls and inspections are areas where the EU legislative framework needs to be strengthened to deal with future issues, according to...

Marketing meat alternatives: Why carbon labels don't stick... yet

Some foods have a bigger carbon footprint than others. Cue the need for a carbon label so consumers can choose accordingly? Perhaps not - as Tesco and PepsiCo have found...

EU launches platform to fight food waste

The European Commission has launched a multistakeholder platform to prevent food waste. Rethinking our food systems is a "moral obligation", said commissioner for health and food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis....

MEPs oppose plant-based alternatives using meat terms

The battle over plant-based terminology has moved into the meat arena with two Italian MEPs calling for laws to prevent vegetarian alternatives from using names such as prosciutto and mortadella....

Why is Finland failing to meet its 20% organic target?

In 2013, the Finnish government set itself the target of converting one fifth of its arable cultivated land to organic, but it is lagging behind where other EU countries are...

Animal welfare logos: Putting a premium price on what should be a legal minimum?

Denmark unveiled its voluntary logo for animal welfare last month and Germany looks set to launch its own. But should a high standard of welfare not be the legal minimum...

No grain, no gain: Dutch consumer group fights 'misleading' whole-grain products

Dutch consumer association, Consumentenbond, is fighting for tougher regulations on products claiming to be whole-grain as it says manufacturers are deliberately misleading consumers in their labelling.

New English law on gluten-free labeling: have your say

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a public consultation on gluten-free labeling in England.

Acrylamide levels in Europe are dangerously high, says NGO

Acrylamide levels in Europe are still dangerously high and relying on industry goodwill to lower them is destined to fail, says an NGO following analysis of previously unseen data released...

A spoonful of sugar? Teens consume a bathtub full a year through sugary drinks

Teenagers in the UK consume around 77 litres of sugary drinks every year – enough to fill a bathtub, according to "shocking" results of a survey.

Made in Switzerland 'Swissness' law to enter in force 1 January 2017

'Unfortunate': Nestlé to lose Swiss cross on 80 brands

Nestlé will be forced to drop the Swiss cross from 80 products manufactured in Switzerland following a new law on 'Swissness' set to come into force in January next year. "This...

Poland to introduce voluntary 'Made in Poland' label

Polish lawmakers look set to bring in a voluntary ‘Made in Poland’ label for foods that contain at least 75% domestically produced ingredients.

13 food giants pledge to ‘redouble’ climate change efforts at COP22

A coalition of food industry giants pledged to “redouble their efforts” in combating carbon emissions, carbon dioxide and deforestation, at the COP22 meeting in Morocco last week.

Critics hammer Commission's draft acrylamide regulation

Campaigners have challenged the legal basis of the European Commission’s draft regulation on acrylamide.

EU aims to be best practice leader in fighting AMR with 2017 action plan

Europe will become a best practice region in tackling antimicrobial resistance with a new Commission action plan in 2017, said food and health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis today on European Antibiotic Awareness Day....

'The ethical urge' powers fair trade in Switzerland: Study

The Swiss buy more fair trade foods than Germans, but it’s not just because there are more products available to them: they’re also “more ethically convinced” by these products, researchers have found....

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Origin labelling: A step towards transparency - or worrying form of ‘gastronationalism’?

Calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) are growing louder in Europe and supporters say it will restore trust, provide transparency and help consumers support local producers if they...

Germany's proposed animal welfare logo meets opposition

Germany's plan to introduce a voluntary animal welfare logo, starting with pork products, has been met with opposition from groups saying good animal husbandry should be mandatory for all meat...

Commission’s anticipated nano definition delayed

The European Commission’s much-anticipated definition of engineered nanomaterial has been pushed back, but is still expected this year.  

5-c creator Serge Hercberg on nutrition logos, lobbies and conflicts of interest

France’s ‘five colour’ logo is effective, easily understood and does not discriminate against foods such as cheese or crisps - but the food lobby is determined to block it, says...

Premier Foods has competitive edge in facing Brexit, says CEO

Mr Kipling maker Premier Foods will be protected from the effects of Brexit, according to CEO Gavin Darby.

Slow Food fights EU plans to beef up meat industry

A coalition of organisations led by Slow Food is protesting EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan’s decision to allocate €15m to promote meat consumption in Europe.

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