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EU backs bid for national bans on GM crops

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to allow individual countries within the EU to ban the cultivation of genetically modified food crops on their soil, even if the...

‘Healthy’ children’s juices and smoothies slammed for high sugar content

Fruit juices and smoothies touted as healthy for children contain high amounts of sugar and should not count towards fruit and vegetable intakes, says UK-based campaign group Action on Sugar.

Italy cracks whip on health claim abusers - fines could reach €5m

Regulators in Italy’s €1.2bn food supplements market are cracking the harshest whips against health claims abusers in the EU – a firm was recently fined €250,000 – but will the...

Dispatches questions child safety of arsenic levels in rice crackers and Rice Krispies

A Channel 4 investigation into inorganic arsenic levels in rice has questioned the safety of products aimed at children like rice cakes and Kellogg's Rice Krispies - although all companies...

Juncker accused of leading ‘big business push for deregulation’

Anti-lobbying campaigners have accused new European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker of putting the environment, consumers and workers at small companies at risk with a red-tape-cutting agenda.

What does ‘may contain’ mean? Half of labelled products are allergen-free

Just under half of products labelled with a ‘may contain’ allergen warning contain no trace of the allergen, according to the results of a UK survey.

Analyst predicts more European bans could follow

Lithuania bans energy drink sales to under 18s

Lithuania has banned energy drink sales to under 18s - making the Baltic state the first European country to do so.

Don’t challenge UK traffic light label, make it EU-compulsory, MEP tells commissioners

UK Member of European Parliament (MEP) Glenis Willmott has sent a three-page letter to the Commission saying it should be considering making the UK’s traffic light label a mandatory pan-EU...

Calorie labelling on booze ‘could boost alcohol consumption’

Introducing calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks could boost alcohol consumption, according to a leading nutritionist. 

Sugar policy shake-up to squeeze cane producing countries

The Fairtrade Foundation has urged food companies and retailers to choose Fairtrade sugar, amid concerns that a sugar price slump and CAP reforms could push thousands of workers into poverty.

Food industry must consider intentional contamination – NSF

The food industry needs to adapt to take into consideration intentional contamination in the supply chain, according to NSF.

GM regulations hold back innovation, say UK researchers

Current European restrictions on genetically modified (GM) crops could hold back crop innovation needed to ensure food security, claims a UK government-funded research body.

EFSA reassesses European curcumin exposure levels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reassessed exposure to curcumin and found consumption is lower than previously thought – although some children consume close to the acceptable daily intake (ADI).

Nutritionists defend government advice on food

Claims that the government’s ‘Eatwell Plate’ promotes excessive sugar intake and contributes to growing health problems in the UK have been rubbished by leading nutritionists.

WHO calls for standardised nutrition labelling

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for a more unified approach to front-of-pack nutrition labelling.

Should energy drinks be age-restricted like alcohol? WHO official asks in report

Energy drink consumption among young people, particularly in connection with alcohol, presents a significant public health concern that warrants further research and regulation, according to a report authored by World...

Ladislav Miko tipped as acting SANCO head, following chief resignation

The position of head of the directorate general for health and consumers (DG SANCO) will likely pass to Czech environmental politician Ladislav Miko following the resignation of Paola Testori Coggi,...

Challenges remain for salt reduction: Expert forum

The UK’s salt reduction programme has been hugely successful – but it has challenges ahead, according to experts speaking at FoodNavigator’s Salt Reduction Forum last week.

Food prices would rocket if pesticides banned

Food prices would rocket if pesticides were banned or their use severely restricted, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU); a claim hotly disputed by environmental pressure group Friends of the...

What constitutes responsible investment in the food sector?

Global governments and the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) have agreed a set of principles to guide agricultural and food system investments.

What’s top on the Commission’s food forum agenda?

The impact of ‘sin taxes’ on competitiveness and consumption habits, food prices, and sustainability were the key points on the agenda for the European Commission’s High Level Forum for a...

DG SANCO chief resigns following ‘sober’ disciplinary inquiry

Director general of the European Commission’s Health and Consumers unit (DG SANCO), Paola Testori Coggi, has resigned following an investigation into a breach of tender policy.

Indonesia

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia continues its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm oil (CPO).

EC considering aid for embargo-hit dairy farmers in Finland, Baltics

The European Commission (EC) is considering financial aid for dairy farmers in Member States hit hard by the Russian embargo, such as Finland and the Baltic states.

EFSA backs non-digestible carbs for sugar reduction

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has delivered positive opinions for two non-digestible carbohydrate ingredients based on their ability to improve blood glucose response.

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