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Budget shock: sugar tax on soft drinks

A surprise tax on sugary soft drinks to tackle childhood obesity, unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, has dismayed manufacturers but delighted campaigners, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

What is the beverage industry doing to cut calories?

From reformulation to nutritional labeling, the non-alcoholic beverage industry has adopted a variety of strategies to reduce the calorie content of drinks. We look at how different strategies from around...

Anger as new Eatwell Guide slashes dairy

Public Health England’s (PHE) launch of the new Eatwell Guide, which promotes more fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates, and almost halves the amount of dairy in the diet, has drawn...

UK sugar tax on soft drinks: The industry's reaction

The UK government has announced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. But the industry has slammed the levy, saying soft drinks have been ‘singled out’ despite manufacturers’ existing efforts to reduce...

Italy looks set to bring in food waste law

Italy is debating its own food waste law which would reward companies who donate unsold food to charity.   

UK government shocks with sugar tax announcement

The British government has announced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, giving companies two years to reformulate.

Romanian cheese on European protected register

The European Commission has approved the addition of the first Romanian product to the register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO).

PHE reveals results of pilot E. coli proficiency testing scheme

Public Health England (PHE) has published the results of a pilot survey on the proficiency testing (PT) of Shiga toxin producing E. coli.  

Italy raises red flag once more over UK's traffic light label

Italy has once again called on the European Commission to act against the UK’s traffic light nutrition label, which it says is unfairly hitting Italian trade whilst also failing to...

FDF speaks on Brexit: ‘We should remain an EU member!’; FDE agrees

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has finally taken a position on the possibility of Britain leaving the EU, known as Brexit, as 71% of its members "overwhelmingly endorse" the decision to stay in...

EU healthy eating funding discriminates against plant proteins: ENSA

The EU is discriminating against soy and plant-based proteins that are nutritionally similar – or even healthier – than the sugary dairy products it has pledged to subsidise, says the...

Sugar tax on drinks: Yes, but, no, but... UK debate rages on

The UK's Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has taken an over-simplified approach to its analysis on the pros and cons of a sugary drink tax by not looking at evidence from...

Dispatches from GFSC 2016 in Berlin

Not always logical to say: 'Here are rules now go and implement them'

It is not always logical to say ‘here are the rules now go and implement them’ when trying to manage food safety, according to a former Global Food Safety Initiative...

France to vote on palm oil tax

A tax on palm oil destined for food could be on the cards in France as the government votes on its Biodiversity Bill this week.

FARE: "It is just shockingly absurd!"

EU court answers the ‘burning question’: Yes, the claims regulation can be applied to B2B

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) says the nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) could be applied to “commercial communications” intended for professionals but with the goal of indirectly reaching consumers....

GreenPalm palm oil goes greener – or does it?

GreenPalm sustainable palm oil certificates will now offer buyers traceability back to the mill, meaning it is now the only fully inclusive supply chain open to all growers, says the...

Smart sustainability: Save money by saving water, says report

The food industry needs to start using water resources in a more sustainable manner, says one business-led charity, which has published a step-by-step guide to doing so.

Dispatches from Food Vision 2016

When Jorg met Jane: Nestlé talks PPP public health gain with an NGO insider

Private public partnerships (PPPs) are the best way to tackle the world’s public health issues with food and nutrition, but only if strict rules are in place to guard against...

Exclusive data

Mexican soda tax analysis: The figures just don’t back the hype

The success of the Mexican soda tax is fast becoming the stuff of public health myth and legend.

UK should launch ‘3-a-day’ dairy program: report

A new report published by the UK Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) was launched in London Wednesday at the Houses of Parliament.

IARC urges action against mycotoxin contamination in developing countries

The problem of mycotoxin contamination in developing countries has been ‘ignored for too long’ and it is time to ‘turn science into action’, according to the director of an organisaton...

EU delays glyphosate decision amid cancer concerns

The European Commission delayed making a decision on glyphosate yesterday as four member states, including the EU Presidency-holding Netherlands, said they would vote against renewing Monsanto's licence, leaving campaigners claiming...

EU regulators debate future of glyphosate

EU regulators are today debating whether to extend approval for Monsanto's controversial pesticide glyphosate.

EU court awards EFSA right to publish suppressed pesticide opinion

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has republished findings on the pesticide diflubenzuron after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) reversed a decision that found in favour of Chemtura.

The future of biofortification: Democratic, patent free and multidisciplinary

The biofortification movement has succeeded in bringing the nutrition and agriculture communities under one roof – but there is more to be done to democratise the results of these efforts,...