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EFSA lends hand in developing third-country novel food process

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is to start developing an application process for novel foods from outside of the European Union. 

FIC regs ‘missed opportunity’ for mandatory front of pack labelling

An EU-wide revamp of on-pack nutrition information is a missed opportunity to make front of pack labelling compulsory, says the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC).

Operation Opson IV was a joint Interpol and Europol investigation

Thousands of tonnes of fake food and drink seized

More than 2,500 tonnes of counterfeit and illicit food have been seized in 47 countries as part of a joint Interpol and Europol operation.

Western diet is ‘incompatible’ with targets to avoid climate disaster

Too little is being done to limit global meat and dairy consumption in light of its impact on climate change, says UK think tank Chatham House.

Allergy alert widens as undeclared almond found in paprika

A recall in the UK due to paprika containing undeclared almond has widened an investigation into substitution with nut proteins as several EU nations have also warned consumers.

Almond Contamination

Food Standards Agency probes unlabelled nuts

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is probing the presence of unlabelled almonds in three food products recalled since the end of last month.

New head of Commission’s DG SANTE nutrition unit announced

Alexandra Nikolakopoulou has been announced as the new head of the European Commission’s DG SANTE unit for nutrition, food composition and information, stepping into the shoes of Basil Mathioudakis. ...

Opinion divided over protected food names in EU-US trade talks

Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs) for foods and drinks again emerged as a sticking point in the latest round of trade negotiations between the EU and the US.

‘Southampton’ colour Allura Red safe at current levels, EFSA finds

New exposure data for Allura Red (E129) food colouring suggest that current intakes are safe, according to a revised opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Guide urges industry action on ‘pirate’ fish

A new guide has urged industry to ensure illegal fish is kept out of supply chains.

Comment

First things first Europe: Set pan-EU max limit for caffeine

Europe must push for united mandatory upper caffeine limits for all products with added caffeine if it is to counter current member state disparity. 

MEPs question European inaction on cholesterol

Two MEPs have asked the Commission to detail its plans to tackle high cholesterol among Europeans, who have the highest levels of bad cholesterol in the world.

Majority MEP vote sends meat origin labelling to the Commission

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted by majority to create legislation that could see country of origin labelling used for all meat used in processed foods.

BHF joins calls for caution on controversial back-to-the-80s fat study

The focus of a controversial review on randomised control trials ‘oversimplifies the difficult and complex task of developing evidence-based guidelines on nutrition’, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has warned. 

Campaigners disappointed by ‘null conclusion’ of UK report on online ads to children

The Children's Food Campaign has said it is disappointed that a UK report on advertising to children failed to bring digital marketing like ‘advergames’ in line with broadcasting rules.

We must unite Fairtrade and trade union movements: Fairtrade CEO

We must follow the example of Sweden and bring together the two “very noisy” movements of workers' trade unions and Fairtrade, the CEO of Fairtrade International Harriet Lamb has said....

EU Commission launches inquiry into Danish fat tax

The European Commission has launched an inquiry to determine whether Denmark’s short-lived ‘fat tax’ constituted illegal state aid for manufacturers who did not have the tax levied on their products....

EU handed protein intake recommendations; no DRVs

Europe’s central food science agency says European adults require on average 0.83 g protein/kg body weight each day from “high quality protein and to protein in mixed diets” in a just-issued...

CAP urges clear labelling of online advergames

Online food and drink advertising rules are sufficient to protect children – but more action is necessary, according to the UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP).

News in brief

EFSA outlines priorities to 2017

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its work programme objectives for the next three years, including opinions on acrylamide and caffeine due this year.

TTIP threatens EU food safety and animal welfare standards, claim NGOs

The EU-US trade deal currently under negotiation in Brussels may threaten animal welfare and food safety in Europe, a coalition of NGOs has claimed in a new report.

report calls for tighter regulations on alcohol advertising

Strewth mate! Children are more familiar with Foster’s than ice-cream and biscuit brands

Children are more familiar with alcohol brands such as Foster’s than leading brands of biscuits, crisps, and ice-cream, according to a report from Alcohol Concern in England and Scotland. ...

Commission may face inquiry over alleged TTIP secrecy

The European Commission may face allegations of maladministration over its treatment of requests to access documents related to EU-US trade talks.

Stricter standards and broader scope for Nordic Keyhole label

Sweden’s National Food Association (NFA) has made changes to its Keyhole healthy eating label in light of new nutrition guidelines, meaning less salt, more wholemeal and a broader range of...

Online ‘advergames’ link to child obesity studied

The debate about childhood obesity will intensify tomorrow (February 5) when a comprehensive review of digital and online food and drink marketing to children is published.