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New strategy: Scotland weighs up food taxes and ad bans

Scotland’s new food authority is prepared to take the hard-line on tackling obesity, with a junk food tax and advertising bans under consideration.

‘Inexcusable’ childhood obesity strategy a ‘missed opportunity,’ say campaigners

The British government’s long-awaited obesity strategy for children was released today to a chorus of criticism from medical experts and campaigners, dismayed the measures did not go further.

UK sugar tax: Government unveils plans and consultation

The UK government has confirmed details of its plans for a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, launching a consultation on the levy along with its long-awaited childhood obesity strategy today. ...

Government reticence on sugar tax and obesity policy leaves everything to play for in bitter battle

The UK food industry, the government and health campaigners are locked in a bitter battle to determine the country’s plan to tackle obesity. At its heart is the proposed sugar...

Supermarkets identified as main junk-food source for consumers: Study

Improving access to healthy foods may not be as effective in changing dietary habits as previously thought, as a study identifies supermarkets as the main source of junk food among...

Confectionery industry open to pan-EU 250 calorie cap per portion

Nestlé, Mars and Mondelēz are willing to discuss setting an industry-wide 250 kcal limit on confectionery portions across Europe.

Italy gives companies green light to donate unsold food to charity

Italy’s agricultural ministry has passed its new waste law lifting hurdles for companies giving away unsold food to charity.

UK sugar tax will put 4,000 jobs at risk: Oxford Economics

A UK sugar tax will lead to a reduction of just 5 calories per day, but will reduce the industry's contribution to the economy by £132m ($172m) and risk 4,000...

Cold War thaw? ASA upholds Taywell Ice Cream complaint from rival Perfect World

Ice cream maker Taywell breached health claim rules according to the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), in what was the conclusion of a dispute between Taywell and rival ice cream...

FDF ‘stealth’ sugar reformulation recommendations stir expert debate

New FDF suggestions for ‘stealth sugar reformulation’ has sparked debate, with some experts convinced unobtrusive changes are the way forward while others worry it may not work in real life.

Mexico’s unhealthy eating tax one year on: reduced sugar spending and potential EU implications

Mexican shoppers bought less calorific and sugary foods in the year after the ‘sugar tax’ was introduced, say researchers.

IOI starts long journey to win back major customers

IOI took just four months to regain its certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), but convincing major customers to take it back could take much longer, according...

How can share bags fit confectioners’ portion control strategy?

Nestlé, Ferrero and Mondelēz International say share bags can be part of the confectionery industry’s push for portion-controlled products.

When is it best to introduce complementary feeding for infants? Commission asks EFSA

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to update its scientific opinion on the appropriate age for introduction of complementary feeding for infants.

‘Anti-blood clot’ fermented soybean extract safe, says EFSA

A fermented soybean extract that claims to help prevent blood clots is safe for use in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded following a novel food application...

From law to labs: EU's tide change for animal experiments

With mounting public pressure, the EU has experienced a tide change on the use of animal experiments in recent years. But is this in vitro political will reflected in vivo...

EU labelling laws: What should be exempt?

Ireland to set legal definition of 'small quantity' foods

Ireland is calling on food operators to help create a legal definition of 'small quantity' foods which would be exempt from EU mandatory labelling laws.

EU's appetite for foreign land to produce its food is unjust & unsustainable: FOE report

The EU requires almost 270 million hectares of agricultural land to produce its food and almost 40% of this land lies outside Europe. It is unjust, irresponsible and unsustainable, according...

'These tactics rival what we've seen from the tobacco industry'

Sweet talking: Industry lobbies have 'derailed' regulation, say campaigners

Aggressive and well-funded industry bodies have derailed attempts to impose stricter laws on sugar-laden food and drinks, according to an extensive study by Corporate Europe Observatory.

Nutrition profiles of food with health claims only ‘marginally better,' study shows

Foods carrying health claims have only slightly better nutrition profiles than products without, according to an Oxford University study.

MEP questions whether Italy and Spain are illegally bleaching seafood

An MEP has questioned whether Spain and Italy’s use of hydrogen peroxide to process some seafood such as squid is in breach of EU law by bleaching the food to...

Commission approves 3 GM soybeans for EU import

The European Commission authorised three GMOs to be sold for food and feed in Europe last week.

UK obesity strategy delayed until autumn

The UK’s childhood obesity strategy has been pushed back again. The news follows severe criticism of a draft leaked earlier this week.

Cargill suspends business with IOI following RSPO fallout

Cargill has suspended new business with IOI and called on the palm oil supplier to “take further action to resolve the charges that resulted in its RSPO suspension and address longstanding...

Survey results

Brexit Poll: Confectionery industry outlook negative after Brexit vote

The majority of ConfectioneryNews readers polled expect the UK’s exit from the European Union will hit sales volumes for their businesses and lead to price hikes for cocoa and sugar....

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