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RSPO strengthens its stance on deforestation and human rights

Stricter voluntary guidelines on deforestation, peatland development and indigenous people’s rights will strengthen the sustainable palm oil certification, says the RSPO.

Chocolate industry should embrace anti-extreme poverty tax, says Puratos Grand-Place

The chocolate industry can curtail extreme poverty in the cocoa sector by implementing higher prices that can be passed from consumers to farmers, says Puratos Grand-Place.

Why are EU labelling laws failing to protect consumers from fish fraud?

With no ingredient or species information required for processed fish products, seafood fraud in Europe is prevalent – so why is EU legislation failing to protect consumers?

A sugar tax is not on the cards, says German coalition

The German confectionery industry has slammed plans for a 19% tax proposal on sugar aimed at reducing obesity - but the social democrat party denies that such a 'sin tax'...

Food and drink firms should 'beware bribery threat'

Manufacturers must take the threat of bribery more seriously by putting in place measures to safeguard against it, a legal expert has advised. The warning comes as new figures suggest...

Delay to ‘fish discards’ rule undermines sustainability efforts, say Greens

MEPs have delayed a ban on throwing back unwanted fish catches in a vote that European Greens say undermines rules intended to improve sustainability.

FoodDrinkEurope welcomes 7% biofuels limit – but industry divided

FoodDrinkEurope has said legislators could have been more ambitious in their efforts to reduce food resources for fuel and welcomed a 7% cap on biofuels, but not all of its...

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CAP changes rules for promotional marketing

The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has changed some technical details in its rules for promotional marketing, but stressed the main principles remain that promotions should be fair and...

Russia likely to extend EU food import ban

Russia is likely to extend its ban on EU food imports beyond the August 7 deadline, as the European Union looks set to continue its sanctions against Russian products.

MEPs adopt EU alcohol resolution

MEPs adopted a resolution on calorie content of alcoholic drinks yesterday, a move welcomed by industry and stakeholders across Europe who hope it will spur the Commission into legislating.

Special Edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

Chop, chop: Cocoa dependents must finance farm training before more forests are axed

The chocolate industry must ramp up support for good agricultural practices on existing cocoa farmland or else rainforest will be chopped down to make way for new plantations and it...

Government derailed salt reduction leading to 6000 deaths

A pioneering salt reduction scheme was derailed by the UK government leading to 6000 preventable deaths, says Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).

Fish manufacturers should voluntarily improve labelling - or risk boycott

Manufacturers of fish products should adopt clearer labelling to allow consumers to make sustainable choices – because otherwise they may be encouraging boycotts of their products, say campaigners.

Jeremy Rifkin: Meat is ‘the most inefficient way of feeding the human race’

Europe needs to talk about moving down the food chain to feed people more efficiently and beat climate change, says renowned US economist and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin.

Russians increasingly affected by food sanctions

More than a third of Russians (37%) have noticed that some of their favourite brands are missing from store shelves following food sanctions – compared to about a quarter (26%)...

EU trait approvals break 18 month deadlock on GM crop imports

The Commission today adopted ten new authorizations and seven renewals of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food and feed use.

Confusing food labels are named and shamed on Twitter

A Spanish consumer rights group has launched a naming and shaming Twitter campaign after it found one third of consumers surveyed has bought the wrong product due to confusing food labels....

Letters to WHO may be used in EU talks on food marketing to children

Letters of support to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its recent work on food marketing to children may be used as a basis of dialogue between European governments and...

New GM package could pave way national ban on GM foods and imports – but not everybody is happy

A European Commission review on genetically modified (GM) products could deliver regulations that allow individual countries to ban or authorise consumption of GMOs in food or feed. But concerns about...

Sustainability standards in the spotlight: ‘Still taking baby steps’

A single, unifying sustainability standard would be helpful for consumers – but it’s a long way off, says Organic Monitor president and founder Amarjit Sahota.

Front-of-pack labels are equally effective - but none works alone

Front-of-pack labelling can be useful but health policy-makers are naïve if they think that this alone will result in healthier food choices, say researchers -  environment, motivation and psychology must...

Inform public about TTIP to remove misconceptions, says FoodDrinkEurope

More needs to be done by the European Commission to remove misconceptions about TTIP, a representative from FoodDrinkEurope has said, following the recent public backlash in Germany.

How to restore consumer confidence after a food scandal

Accountability is key to rebuilding consumer confidence in the industry following a food scandal  - a company’s response to accusations of contamination is almost as important as its actual role...

Commission plan to destroy 11m olive trees needs more research, says EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said plans to destroy up to 11 million olive trees in southern Italy lack sufficient research, after NGO Peacelink challenged the proposal.

FAO urges sustainability over immediate profits to safeguard water supplies

Water is likely to be sufficient for food production in 2050 – but increased competition means two-thirds of the world will be affected by water scarcity, according to a joint...

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