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Europe has world's lowest breastfeeding rates: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says rising obesity rates among mothers and ready availability and attractiveness of formula has left Europe with the world’s lowest breastfeeding rates.

UK the worst offender in Europe’s 22 million tonne food waste problem

Around 80% of the 22 million tonnes of food wasted in the European Union is ‘avoidable’, according to new research that puts the UK bottom of the food waste league.

EFSA loses right to keep experts secret

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has lost its right to keep the names of contributing expert commentators a secret – a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that could...

Scotland to ban GM crops: ‘GM would damage our clean, green brand’

Genetically modified (GM) crops will not be allowed in Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has announced.

Russian destruction of contraband Western food sparks outrage

Russia marked the one year anniversary of its import ban on Western food by defying a storm of criticism from within and launching a controversial campaign to destroy tonnes of...

Global analysis of beverage consumption reveals key national differences

New data on beverage intakes for 187 countries has revealed significant differences in current consumption levels and historic trends for sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices and milk, say researchers.

Irish artisans complain big brands ‘usurping’ their shelf space

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has begun its crack down on the misleading use of terms ‘artisan’, ‘farmhouse’, ‘traditional’ and ‘natural’ following complaints from artisan companies – but...

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EFSA issues medical foods guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued guidance on how firms can compile “well-structured dossiers” for medical foods that may be permitted in the EU’s 28 nations as momentum to update...

Food taxes and subsidies: A balanced approach needed, says review

Fiscal policies can form a valuable part of efforts to drive changes in dietary behaviours, but such policies must be balanced against each other, say researchers.

EU extends aid to food producers hit by Russian export ban

The European Commission has announced extended support measures for dairy and fruit and vegetable sectors hit by Russia’s ban on food imports from Europe.


Let’s stop talking about ‘sin taxes’ as if they are the saviour of mankind

Stop talking about food taxes like they are some sort of panacea that will alter consumer behaviours overnight, and magically eliminate obesity and diabetes. They won’t.

Commission urged to stop delaying trans fat report

The European Commission should stop dragging its feet over its awaited trans fat report – and explain why it is already over six months overdue, says Socialist MEP.

UK law to fight slavery in big firm supply chains

New legislation will require all large firms in the UK to report on their fight against slavery in the supply chain - but experts say the 'opt out' clause means...

Debating the sugar tax: BMJ ‘head to head’ argues the case

Experts from both sides of the sugar tax debate have set out their arguments in a ‘head to head’ article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Where do you stand on the sugar...

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EU grants protected status to UK Bramley apple pie filling

‘Traditional Bramley Apple Pie Filling’ has been added to the European register of Traditional Specialties Guaranteed (TSGs), says the European Commission.

Cypriot cheese names Halloumi and Hellim set to be granted PDO status: EC

The European Commission (EC) has published Cyprus' Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) application for Halloumi and Hellim.

Two thirds use their senses rather than 'use by' dates

Over two thirds of Brits use their sense of smell, sight and taste rather than the best before or use by date - so should they be scrapped to cut...

Don't count on industry goodwill: Tax for healthy, sustainable food

Don’t count on industry goodwill or informed consumers for a healthier, sustainable food system – it's time to try food taxes, says one report.

Targeting salt reduction in low and middle income countries

Policy makers and industry must work together to develop and achieve salt reduction targets in countries with developing economies, say researchers.

EU lawmakers urge stronger action on food waste

EU lawmakers have called on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to take stronger action on food waste.

UK government pledges £7 billion boost to exports

Over 100 more protected names for British food, more research for food innovation and less red tape will give a £7 billion boost to exports, the UK prime minister says....

Bread companies should drop glyphosate, says Soil Association

Consumers must pressure retailers and manufacturers to ensure bread does not contain glyphosate, says the Soil Association – but all traces are below safe limits, insists industry.

UK government committee backs halving free sugars limit to 5%

The UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has ditched a 10% upper limit on sugar intake instead recommending that less than 5% of daily energy should come from...

UK competition regulator warns supermarkets over ‘fake’ price promotions

UK food retailers could face stiff fines and court action after the nation's competition regulator found evidence that supermarkets were misleading customers with confusing pricing promotions.

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Codex backs work on international standard for quinoa

Bolivia and the US have been given the go ahead to work on an international standard for quinoa by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).

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