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Brexit will ‘damage UK food manufacturing’: survey

Most respondents (60%) in a ‘state-of-the-industry’ survey, conducted by this website, fear a vote to leave the EU on June 23 will be bad for their businesses, increasing the costs...

IFA: THE FARMER IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FOOD CHAIN'

End the power imbalance in Europe's food supply chain, say MEPs

The Commission must end income and power imbalances in the food chain by taking action to tackle unfair trading practices and fostering fair and transparent relations between food producers, suppliers and...

Four NOF members resign over controversial report publication

Four board members of the National Obesity Forum (NOF) have resigned because they were not consulted before the publication of a controversial report which slammed public health advice for fuelling the...

EMB says EU-Africa partnerships should be avoided due to crisis

The European Milk Board (EMB) and farmers in Burkina Faso have appealed to policy-makers in Europe and Africa to advocate for fair and responsible solutions to the milk market crisis.

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‘Irresponsible’ dietary guidance under flak

A report from the National Obesity Forum (NOF) in association with Public Health Collaboration has come under flak from Public Health England (PHE), Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the British...

MEPs’ tough anti-GM stance criticised by industry

The row over glyphosate continues to spill over into decisions relating to genetically modified (GM) crops after environment MEPs called on the European Commission to withdraw its authorisations for the...

ASA bans Nomad Foods advert for exaggerated portion size

Frozen food manufacturer Nomad Foods Europe has been forced to withdraw a TV advert for misleading consumers over the portion size of a pasta dish after using more than one packet...

Italy to bring in mandatory country of origin labelling for dairy

Italy will introduce mandatory country of origin labelling for dairy products and has notified Brussels of its draft decree, the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced this week.

Germany backs proposal for legal definition of vegetarian and vegan food

Germany has formally adopted a proposal for a legally binding definition of vegan and vegetarian food - but will it spur the Commission into finally drawing up an EU-wide definition or...

EFSA panel concludes E 444 limit can be doubled

An EFSA re-evaluation of the safety data for sucrose acetate isobutyrate (E 444) as a food additive has doubled the acceptable daily intake limit (ADI).

Europe divided

Russia to extend EU embargo until late 2017

Russia’s embargo of EU food products will be extended until the end of 2017 but the list of banned foods or countries affected will not change, according to a draft...

National Obesity Forum fat report rejected by board members

Health lobby group the National Obesity Forum (NOF) has come under swingeing attacks from some of its own medical advisers in press reports over the past weekend, following controversial advice...

Czech Republic moves to set nutrient profiles for food sold in schools

In the wake of the European Parliament's no vote last month, the Czech Republic has drawn up a draft decree to apply nutrient profiles on food sold and advertised in...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects Tate & Lyle polydextrose-defecation claim

The link between polydextrose consumption and maintenance or normal defecation is ‘weak’, EFSA has found in rejecting an article 13.5 submission from agrifood sugar giant Tate & Lyle.

Multinational firms sell poorer quality (but more expensive) food to Eastern Europeans

Multinational food firms are manufacturing poorer quality, unhealthier (but sometimes more expensive) versions of their trademarked brands for the Eastern Europe market, says the Czech Republic, which wants to see EU legislation to...

Marketing turns off TV & moves massively online: ASA

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has highlighted the mega-trend platform shift in marketing activity toward online with the watchdog investigating 8633 cases on the web, compared to 3920 on television in 2015.

Nearly all governments failing to promote sustainable diets: Study

Germany and Sweden are just two of only four countries in the world that include sustainability criteria in their dietary guidelines. 

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EU ‘vital for food industry success’: Sir Stuart Rose

EU membership is “vital for the success” of the UK food and drink manufacturing sector, argues Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Britain Stronger in Europe and former executive chairman of...

'Food science has been 'corrupted by commercial influences,' slam authors

Government guidelines for low-fat diet 'disastrous' for health: report

Following a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, recommended by official UK guidelines, is based on "flawed science" that has had "disastrous" health consequences, according to a report by a UK health charity....

Food Standards Agency in row with scientists

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) board last week decided to go ahead with plans to replace its General Advisory Committee on Science (GACS) with a new Science Council in the...

Food and drink firms welcome Queen’s Speech – mostly

Government plans to support business, education and the economy – set out in the Queen’s Speech – have been welcomed by food and drink manufacturers. But plans to introduce a...

TTIP may mean higher prices and ‘unhealthy’ consumption: EC-backed report

The proposed EU-US TTIP trade deal could result in higher average prices, yet increased consumption of unhealthy foods, warns a draft EC report.

Stalemate at EU glyphosate talks, no vote taken

The glyphosate dossier is to be handed over to the Commission, following on from the PAFF committee's failure today to generate a vote on the controversial herbicide.

Britvic ‘well placed’ to deal with UK sugar tax

Britvic says its growing portfolio of ‘better for you’ soft drinks means it is well positioned to deal with the UK’s sugar tax, which is due to come into effect...

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer: WHO/FAO committee

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer to humans, says a report by a joint FAO and WHO committee on pesticides, but NGOs have questioned some of the scientists’ links to...

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