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Renewed call for bakers to end use of wheat sprayed with glyphosate

Campaigners are urging major UK bread manufacturers and supermarkets not to use flour from wheat sprayed with glyphosate immediately before harvest.

Groups rally to defend UK dietary guide after attacks by 'interested industry'

Over twenty health, consumer and professional organisations have joined together in support of the UK’s Eatwell guide following attacks by “maverick commentators and interested industry with an axe to grind”....

Policies limiting unhealthy food marketing to kids ‘falls short’ of global agreement

Safeguards to minimise children’s exposure to unhealthy food marketing have fallen short of a World Health Organization (WHO) resolution to ease the obesity burden, a study has concluded.

Brexit briefings

Big Brexit headache for small business

With the pound on its knees, frozen yoghurt lolly maker Claudi and Fin is staring a 13% price rise in the face next month. “In the short-term we expect to shoulder...

PLUS FDF, BRC and SSA herb and spice authenticity guidance

Food fraud should be prosecuted under criminal law - FoodDrinkEurope

Food fraud compromising the safety of products and damaging public health should be prosecuted under criminal law, according to FoodDrinkEurope.

Algae calcium not permitted in organic soy drinks, says German court

A German state court has ruled an algae-sourced calcium has no place in an organic soy drink – the manufacturer has appealed the verdict.

TTIP could bring food safety regulations to a standstill: Report

The controversial trade deal between the EU and the US could give multinational companies increased power to challenge food laws that impact their bottom line, according to an analysis by...

News in brief

Food safety committee backs official controls plan

Draft plans to tighten up official controls for the food chain have been backed by MEPs in the food safety committee.

European outcry over ‘discriminatory’ Polish retail tax

A new Polish retail tax has angered European commerce heads who brand the decision “discriminatory” against foreign businesses.

Put the sugar tax on hold after Brexit, says FDF

Industry group, the Food and Drink Federation, has called for the UK's sugar tax to be put on hold due to the economic fragility of the post-Brexit environment - but...

Brexit may force EFSA to change its 'nationality balance' policy

In 2015 a total of 177 experts of UK nationality contributed to the work of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), leaving some to question what an impending Brexit will...

South Africa sets out sugar tax plans

South Africa’s National Treasury has published proposals for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, and is inviting comment on the plans. 

Fighting food insecurity: Collective narrative needed to drive change, says Food Foundation

A new approach for food and nutrition security in the UK is needed in order to deliver access to healthy, affordable and sustainable diets for all, according to the Food...

Ferrero’s nutrition strategy unwrapped

Portion control among ‘most cost effective’ ways to tackle obesity: Ferrero

Ferrero says it will play its part in helping curb obesity levels in Europe by offering small portions tailored to eating occasions, primarily breakfast.

Brexit: What beverage companies think it will mean for their business

Brexit could help UK businesses realize there are opportunities outside of Europe – but it could also result in complications, uncertainty and slowed growth for the beverage sector.

Comment

Kids' 'healthy food' response and parents' influence overlooked in obesity prevention

A study by Cancer Research UK has found … wait for it … kids like sweets, crisps and fast food. The adverts for these products are also far too funny,...

Subsidised food is cheaper but could make people unhealthier, according to study

Consumption of cheaper food made from subsidised ingredients has been linked to chronic cardiovascular risks in the US population, a study has shown. 

EU caffeine claim ban

MEP caffeine vote 'disgraceful' victory of politics over science: Industry

Industry has lamented yesterday’s European Parliament plenary vote to block four caffeine claims, which otherwise seemed set to pass into EU law books after years of delay. 

strasbourg plenary vote

MEPs block 4 caffeine claims

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to veto four caffeine health claims following a lively debate on energy drinks in a Strasbourg plenary today. 

A healthy change: Sweden allows food firms to use dietary advice on labels

Food companies may now add national dietary guidelines to their products packaging and marketing material in order to help boost healthy eating, Livsmedelverket, Sweden’s National Food Agency (NFA), has decided....

Brexit impact

FDF launches six-step manifesto to ease Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a six-step manifesto to help Britain’s biggest manufacturing sector cope with Brexit – the “UK’s most significant peacetime challenge ever”, according to its director...

Comment

Caffeine claim calamity should give nutrient profiles wings

The European Commission has started the first phase of its investigation into the need for nutrient profiles, with a report expected in spring 2017. Yet with the caffeine claim fiasco...

France will trial mandatory country of origin labelling for two years

France will be trialling mandatory country of origin labelling for meat and dairy in prepared foods for two years, a move which has split industry. 

All you need to know about Britain's Brussels blow

A dummies' guide to Brexit

Confused about all this talk about Brexit in that far-away rainy country of crumpets and Beatles? Not quite sure who Nigel Farage is? (Lucky you.) Well we’re here to guide...

EFSA could recommend values for added sugar following Nordic request

Announced last week, details of the five Nordic countries’ request that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) looks at recommending reference values for added sugar in food and drink have been...

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