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MEP vote backs meat origin labelling

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted 48 to 15 to introduce legislation on origin labelling on meat used as an ingredient...

Voluntary public health measures 'can only go so far’: UK Responsibility Deal chair

We need a strong portfolio of voluntary and mandatory measures to tackle the huge burden of diet-related diseases, according to the chair of the UK Responsibility Deal food network....

FAO chief urges ‘paradigm shift’ toward sustainable food

The whole world must make huge effort and investment to shift toward sustainable farming and food production, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has said.

What does the roadmap to food security really look like?

Food security is vital to the food industry in both developing and developed countries, but what does ‘food security’ really mean, how do we measure it, and can we really...

Red sky at night: Coca-Cola lambasted for London Eye sponsorship

Public health campaigners have criticised Coca-Cola's sponsorship of tourist attraction the London Eye, saying this could exacerbate sugar consumption and related health issues. 

WHO urges national dietary targets to cut preventable deaths

The World Health Organisation has outlined potential strategies to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including junk food taxes and cutting salt intakes.

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Food Standards Scotland jumps final hurdle

The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up a stand-alone body in the country has passed into law.

EU and Morocco reach deal on PGIs

The European Union and Morocco have agreed measures to promote protected geographical indications (PGIs) and to encourage trade.

“This signals a new dawn for weight loss products.”

Industry backs EFSA report on low-calorie diet regimes

EFSA’s full low-calorie diet regime report – published this week – can help “tackle the societal challenge of obesity”, the EU’s specialist food trade group has said.

TTIP will not impact GM labelling in Europe, says Agriculture Commissioner

Products containing genetically modified ingredients will still be required to be labelled as such in the future, despite fears that protection standards could suffer because of new trade agreements.

Oxford Farming Conference

Promote health benefits or risk political sidelining

The food industry must promote about its health benefits or risk being sidelined in the lead-up to the General Election in May, according to the chairman of the Oxford Farming...

‘Uncertainty’ over measures to close EU organic supply-demand gap

European organic agriculture lags behind growing demand for organic food, but new EU rules in the pipeline are creating uncertainty in the sector at just the wrong time, says Soil...

EFSA: 400mg of caffeine a day is safe

400mg of caffeine a day from all sources is not a safety concern, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in a long-awaited caffeine risk assessment. 

UK Labour party pledges cap on salt, sugar and fat in foods aimed at children

If elected, a UK Labour government will introduce limits on the levels of fat, salt and sugar that manufacturers are allowed to include in food marketed towards children.

600 calories, 75 g protein, 30 g carbs: EFSA issues ‘milestone’ diet replacement opinion

EFSA has very specifically refined what a low-calorie diet replacement regime should contain including a minimum of 600 calories and 30 g of carbohydrates per day. One observer said the...

Sweet enough? French dismissal of sweetener benefits is a public health pity, says ISA

The French food agency failed to take on the full health picture and missed a good opportunity for public health change with its dismissal of sweetener benefits, according to the...

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Food industry faces ‘disaster’ if UK quits EU

Quitting the EU would be “a disaster” for the UK food industry, according to leading politicians at the recent Oxford Farming Conference.

Could national decisions on biotech allow more GM crop cultivation?

The European Parliament has voted to allow national bans on GM crops, but this could actually encourage more GM varieties to be cultivated in Europe, claims UK organic advocacy group...

Intense sweeteners have no proven nutritional value, says French authority

Recommending intense sweeteners as a way to reduce sugar intakes cannot be justified as a public health strategy, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)...

Industry urges Latvian Council presidency to progress on trade talks

The impact of mandatory origin labelling and progress on trade agreements are on FoodDrinkEurope’s priority wish list for the Latvian presidency of the EU Council.

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EFSA assessment: No need to change EU lycopene recommendations

EFSA has concluded there are no intake concerns with various forms of lycopene in a post-market assessment published last week.

Government backing of Asda sugar target 'sad day for public health'

Asda’s promise to reduce added sugar in some of its own brand drinks this year is a positive step forward – but it also reveals the chaotic approach to sugar...

‘Regulations and incentives’ needed to reduce trillions of tonnes of hidden water use globally

Governmental and institutional actions are needed urgently to reduce the estimated 1.8 million tonnes of water – per person - used in food production around the globe, a UK group has urged.

Sugar low: “The use of such a health claim would convey a conflicting and confusing message..."

Glucose health claims: EFSA says yes; EC says no (and closes door)

Five glucose health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) back in 2012 have been officially banned by the European Commission due to concerns over what they would say to...

EFSA rejects novel foods status for arracacha root

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a novel foods application for the South American root vegetable arracacha xanthorrhiza after the applicant failed to provide sufficient information.

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