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Could energy drinks be cut out of the EU caffeine claim loop?

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is lobbying for two different solutions to the EU caffeine claim hold up, one of which could see use of the claims limited to...

Fourteen ill and two dead from Salmonella in Germany

Germany has seen a significant increase in a rare strain of Salmonella linked to two deaths.

Stop CETA: Trans-continental coalition fights trade agreement

A coalition of over 450 civil society groups from Europe and Canada has signed an open letter pleading legislators to vote against the deal, fearing it will erode public power over the...

Norwegian consumer group warns of acrylamide in Christmas gingerbread

Beware of wide variations in the levels of possible carcinogen acrylamide in Christmas gingerbread, the Norwegian consumer group has said.

Ten countries have reported 183 confirmed and 246 probable cases

Netherlands, UK and Belgium report bulk of new Salmonella cases

Netherlands, the UK and Belgium have reported new cases in the first two weeks of December as part of the ongoing EU-wide Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs.

Nestlé’s KitKat trademark fails in EU court, but may be registered under national regimes

Nestlé has failed in proving to the General Court of the EU that its KitKat three-dimensional shape has the “distinctive character” to merit a trademark within the EU.

Guest article

Beyond Brexit: Five legal issues UK food firms need to protect against in 2017

The year ahead will present UK food companies with a range of major legal challenges over and above the fallout from Brexit, according to leading food industry lawyer Peter Cusick.

2016: The year of the sugar tax

Debate around sugar taxes has hit the limelight this year, with the controversial topic grabbing headlines around the globe.  

EU organic farming regulation still proving divisive

EU agriculture ministers have failed to reach a consensus on the proposal for organic regulation.

Pledge seen as ‘breakthrough’ for seafood industry sustainability

Eight CEOs of the leading seafood companies globally, in both wild capture and aquaculture, along with fish feed players have signed a major ocean sustainability pledge.

Norwegian food industry agrees to aid government in promoting healthy food

A coalition of major food industry bodies have made a pact with the Norwegian government to help improve public health by reducing high fat, sugary and salty foods (HFFS).

Olam rejects green washing and 'black box' palm oil claims

Agri-food giant Olam has defended its palm oil operations against accusations they are a 'black box' of secrecy that funnels palm oil linked to deforestation from rogue traders to global brands...

Mixed reaction to creation of nanomaterial observatory

An initiative to improve information around nanomaterials will go live from the middle of next year.

British food industry demands post-Brexit rights for EU migrant workers

Major food industry bodies have written to the UK government demanding priority for EU workers after Brexit, saying ‘unambiguous reassurance’ should be given for the right to remain....

MEPs urge action on nitrites and nitrates

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have called on the European Commission to reduce legal limits or ban nitrites in meat products due to the link with cancer, and to support...

Industry backs ban of online junk food ads for children

Industry has given its support to a new ruling by the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) on marketing junk food to children that will increase restrictions to cover non-broadcast media, including...

Spain and Estonia to tax sugary drinks

Spain and Estonia are the latest EU countries to announce plans for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Food industry should be ‘praised’ not ‘pilloried’ for sugar-reducing efforts

The food industry should not be pilloried for making food safe, affordable and enjoyable, according to the chairman of food consultancy Zenith International.

'Significant players have acted to accelerate reformulation; others need to be more ambitious and move faster'

UK sugar tax: Government encourages further reformulation as draft legislation published

The UK government is pushing ahead with its soft drinks industry levy, saying that the impending legislation is already encouraging producers to reformulate their drinks. 

'Climate smart' pulses are key to global food security: FAO

'Climate smart' pulses are essential to global food security by delivering high-nutrition protein to people and critical nutrients to soil, said the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on World Soil Day. ...

France tops global food sustainability index

France is the top ranking country for tackling food waste and nutritional challenges while Germany is ranked number one for sustainable agriculture, according to a 25-nation food sustainability index by the...

Europe's struggle to match organic supply and demand - without compromising standards

Demand for organic food in Europe is booming but suppliers are struggling to match it, and there are worries that the Commission's proposal to decertify organic food that contains traces...

Sugar tax divides the industry, campaigners claim

The UK’s food and drink industry might not be as fiercely opposed to a tax on sugary beverages as industry representatives claim, according to a new survey.

ANALYSIS

Tug and war in the UK's sugar tax saga

Both the pro-sugar tax campaign groups and anti-tax lobbyists are using all the tricks in the book to get their message across. But who will the UK government listen to?

EU Court of Justice 'complicates' multipack food labelling, says lawyer

An EU Court ruling, which states nutrition information on multipack products must also appear on each individual item, contradicts EU law, a food law expert has said.

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