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Scotland launches hard-hitting snack campaign as government confirms 2017 obesity strategy

Scotland will publish a new strategy on diet and obesity next year, as new research shows that the average child aged between four and 10 eats around 110,000 calories through “unhealthy,...

Nuts and seeds top recalled category for EU in Q2

Nuts and seeds were the highest recalled commodity in Q2 making up almost half of total recalls in Europe, according to Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

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Four food safety audit mistakes you’re making and how to avoid them

How do you feel when you imagine your next regulatory audit? Stress? Anxiety? Overwhelming dread?

French Treasury: VAT on unhealthy food should be 20% not 5.5%

The French Treasury has proposed a new tax or increased levels of VAT on highly calorific foods as part of a range of new measures to tackle obesity.

MEPs raise concerns (again) in relation to traffic light labels

Around 100 members of the European Parliament MEPs have requested that the European Commission investigate the commercial impact of the UK’s front-of-pack traffic light labelling scheme.

Unhealthy obsession with total cholesterol reduction is thwarting CVD prevention

Strategies to tackle cardiovascular disease (CVD) need to move away from statins and cholesterol reduction and focus on reducing inflammation and increasing HDL cholesterol through dietary intervention, urges a leading...

Ireland ponders sugary drinks tax

A tax on sugary drinks is being considered by the Irish government as part of the upcoming budget, a measure condemned by the Irish Beverage Council (IBC) as “costly political...

Commission stands firm on tax crackdown following US threat of retaliation

The European Commission is standing firm on its EU-wide investigation into member state tax schemes, despite a threat of retaliation from the US government.

ENVI chair seeks freeze on EFSA budget squeeze

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to fight proposals to cut 2017 budgets for EU agencies including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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Sugar taxes: A case of pop policy and comic consultation

The UK's sugar tax was little more than populist light relief to brighten a speech full of economic doom and gloom. But what's worse, argues Professor Jack Winkler, is that...

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EU seas fit to grant sea salt protected origin status

The EU has granted Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) to two forms of sea salt originating from Ireland that possess a unique mineral and nutrient profile, and rapid dispersion in...

France calls for an end to TTIP talks

The French trade minister said yesterday France wants to end TTIP negotiations, his German counterpart has said the talks have “de facto failed” and the deal’s biggest supporter, Britain, has...

Scottish food boss suggests UK obesity strategy won’t work

The head of Scotland’s food regulator has claimed that the UK’s childhood obesity strategy doesn’t go far enough.

Call for aflatoxin-free almond labelling rejected by EU Commission

An Italian  MEP’s call for tested almonds to be labelled as free of the carcinogenic mycotoxin, aflatoxin, was rejected by the EU Commission earlier this month.

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Trio accused of selling horse meat as beef

Three men have been charged with selling horse meat as beef.

Micreos positive on EFSA Listex opinion

Micreos has said it is ‘very positive’ following a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion on its technology for Listeria monocytogenes in Ready to Eat (RTE) foods.

Exporters to Jordan forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils

Companies exporting dairy to Jordan will be forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils or face a ban on business as the country becomes the latest to bar their use.

Maximum sustainable yield frameworks need to be adaptive, Myfish concludes

Maximum sustainable yield is not the same for every country and adaptable frameworks are therefore key for fisheries to meet CFP goals, the four-year Myfish project concluded.

Scotland launches food fraud hotline and warns Brexit could encourage criminals

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a new food fraud hotline to help regulators and police tackle criminal activity in the supply chain, as well as protect the food sector’s...

WHO adds more cancer types linked to excess weight

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified obesity as more of a risk factor for cancer than previously thought as a report identifies more cancer types linked to excess weight. ...

UK obesity plan attacks sugar – but calculating sugar in yogurt and dairy beverages is tough

The UK government has published its Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action paper.

Guidelines not sugar-coated: Limits for children announced

Children between the ages of two and 18 should consume fewer than six teaspoons of added sugars daily, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends.

Scotland wants advertising powers following “disappointing” UK obesity strategy

Scotland’s health minister could push for advertising laws to be devolved unless the UK government implements tighter restrictions on junk food.

How will milk drinks be affected by UK sugar tax?

Milk-based drinks are to be excluded from the UK sugar tax, given their nutritional value. And yet some milk-based drinks contain considerable amounts of added sugar. So how can the...

Need for know-how in hygienic engineering knows no borders - EHEDG

The European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) will establish 20 new regional sections by 2020.

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