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Ségolène Royal apologises for Nutella boycott call

French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has apologised for urging a Nutella boycott over its palm oil content after learning that parent brand Ferrero uses sustainably sourced palm oil.

MEPs back ban on meat and milk from cloned animals

The European Environment and Agriculture committees backed a draft law to ban meat and milk from cloned animals and their descendants on Wednesday, citing animal welfare and ethical concerns.

Companies facing more sophisticated fraud issues - Eurofins

Food authenticity analysis is being increasingly used in industry as companies face more sophisticated frauds issues, according to Eurofins.

DuPont and Gelita apply for bowel and joint health claims

DuPont Nutrition and Gelita have filed health claim applications for bowel and joint health. 

Sustainable Foods Summit, Amsterdam

‘Most companies don’t tell the real lifecycle story - they are not completely green’

Designing a sustainable package is a chain activity. Many companies claim to be ‘green’ but they are just working on a green image, according to Professor Roland Ten Klooster, chair,...

'The status quo is not sustainable’ - Andriukaitis briefs MEPs on GM proposal

The EU Parliament’s ENVI Committee held an exchange of views last week with EU Commissioner for health and food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, focusing on the proposal giving EU countries the possibility...

EU Parliament vote rejects calls to scrap nutrient profiles

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee has voted to reject amendments to the EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, which would have seen nutrient profiles abandoned.

French colour coded nutrition labels are ‘technically feasible’, says ANSES

Proposed colour coded nutrition labels are technically feasible but would be ineffective for comparing products in some food categories, according to an analysis from French food agency ANSES.

Council approves final compromise text on novel foods

A European Council committee has rejected a proposal that would have allowed the European Parliament the right to veto novel foods approvals – saying this would contradict the law’s purpose...

UK has 'moral responsibility' to limit EU sugar reform damage

The end of EU sugar beet quotas could worsen the obesity crisis and damage the livelihoods of sugar cane growers and producers – and as an ex-colonial power Britain has...

Nestlé suffers setback in Kit Kat shape trademark registration

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) has advised the court Nestlé’s attempts to trademark the four-finger Kit Kat shape in the UK are...

European Investment Bank to finance Ukrainian agri-food sector

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed an agreement with Ukraine to provide financial support to its agri-food sector and help it benefit from the EU free trade area.

Researchers urge government to ‘seriously consider’ food taxes

The UK government should seriously consider taxing unhealthy foods and drinks to reduce their consumption, a paper from the Food Research Collaboration (FRC) has urged.

10 new faces as EFSA names health claims panel for 2015-2018

The NDA panel will feature 10 new faces for the health claims panel’s next three years as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced changes today.

Think TTIP won’t affect your business? Think again…

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will affect every European food company – for better or worse – according to a trade law expert at DWF LLP.

Impact of EDC criteria on food industry difficult to quantify - FDE

FoodDrinkEurope said it is ‘difficult to quantify’ the impact of criteria on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the sector without knowing how they will be identified and classified.

Commission, UK and Gates Foundation put big nutrition cash on table

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged €689m to help tackle malnutrition as the European Commission announced €23.5m for a new nutrition initiative and €3.5bn by 2020.

Commission, UK and Gates Foundation put big nutrition cash on table

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged €689m to help tackle malnutrition as the European Commission announced €23.5m for a new nutrition initiative and €3.5bn by 2020.

EFSA stands by acrylamide cancer concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its final opinion on acrylamide in food, reconfirming previous evaluations that it increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all...

Sugar reformulation failure like slow poisoning of nation, says UK health chief

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) CEO says failing to reformulate products to reduce added sugars would be like slow food poisoning of the nation.

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Ukraine basing nutrition plan on EU platform

The Ukraine government is assessing a draft resolution to improve the country’s nutrition based on EU actions.

Seaweed in focus

What will it take to make Indonesian seaweed competitive?

Indonesia has ambitious plans to add value to its seaweed industry – but its success could depend on the outcome of an ongoing tug-of-war between industry and government.

NGOs resign from EU health forum with ‘deep concerns’ about alcohol-related harm and effectiveness of industry commitments

More than 20 health bodies have resigned from the EU Alcohol and Health Forum, saying the European Commission is ignoring calls to develop a new EU Alcohol Strategy.

When it comes to diet advice 'do' messages are better than 'don't'

Public health and diet messages are more successful when they focus on what people should eat rather than what they should not eat, according to new research from Cornell University.

UK recommendations fail to educate pregnant women on iodine

UK pregnant women are iodine deficient and they need nutritional education to empower them to make the right dietary choices, say researchers.

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