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Genetically modified food is one of the great opinion-dividers of our time. Some argue that GM foods could damage the environment and human health. But others say they could be the answer to a secure food supply for the world’s growing population.

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Scientists need to ‘rethink’ approach to GMO engagement with public

When it comes to controversial science issues, scientists need to rethink their approach to engaging the public, according to the authors of a new study looking at women's attitudes towards...

EU Parliament passes CETA trade deal

MEPs have voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada in Strasbourg today with 408 votes in favour and 254 against.

Clean label cull: French supermarket cuts 90 'controversial' substances from private label products

French supermarket Super U has pledged to remove or reduce 90 “controversial” substances from its private label range, including palm oil, aspartame, monosodium glutamate, bisphenol A and fructose-glucose syrup, citing...

Could Brexit trigger a race to the bottom for Britain's food safety & quality?

As the UK government's white paper on Brexit calls for "frictionless trade", the National Farmers' Union has spoken out in favour of a level playing field with new trade partners,...

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EFSA quits Brussels for Parma home; commits to livestreaming

The European Food safety Authority (EFSA) is moving open meetings back to its Parma Italy base after a year in Brussels failed to increase turn-outs.

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Follow the 'farm to fork' conversation at Berlin's Green Week

Since 1926, Berlin's Green Week has brought together farmers, food manufacturers and agriculture ministers to showcase the best in international food and drink and discuss the future of the food...

Quiz of the year: How much do you remember about 2016's biggest food news?

Think you remember the major events to hit the European food industry in 2016? Let us put your knowledge to the test with our news quiz!

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...

Soil Association slams 'unscientific' analysis of organic's not-so-green credentials

The UK’s organic certification body, Soil Association, has defended organic food following an article in New Scientist which urged consumers to stop buying organic to protect the environment....

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New FoodConnects partnership to tackle global food challenges

FoodConnects, a consortium of 50 industry and academic institutions from 13 different countries, has been selected by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to tackle global food challenges...

DSM prepares to bring fermented stevia to EU market

Ingredient supplier DSM has asked EFSA scientists to complete a scientific opinion for its fermentation-derived stevia.

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What will a Trump presidency mean for Europe's food industry?

Europe woke up this morning to news that business mogul-turned-politician Donald Trump is the elected president of the USA. So what does this mean for its food industry and your business?...

GMO ingredient database promises full supply chain traceability

Food Chain ID Europe is developing “the most comprehensive” database of supply chain information aimed at tracing and identifying GMO ingredients.

CETA trade deal signed while opposition remains

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been agreed between the European Union and Canada.

'The first step towards a future with healthy, hardy plants' - but are they GMO?

CRISPR gene edited cabbage grown and cooked for the first time

Cabbages modified with CRISPR-Cas9 “genetic scissors” have been harvested and cooked for what is believed to be the first time, Umeå University says.

The future of flavour: From healthy reformulation to genome-specific scents

Advances in the field of scent may be key to developing healthier food - by using natural aroma molecules to make reformulated food smell saltier or sweeter - or even creating personalised...

France calls for an end to TTIP talks

The French trade minister said yesterday France wants to end TTIP negotiations, his German counterpart has said the talks have “de facto failed” and the deal’s biggest supporter, Britain, has...

Scotland launches food fraud hotline and warns Brexit could encourage criminals

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a new food fraud hotline to help regulators and police tackle criminal activity in the supply chain, as well as protect the food sector’s...

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Trends in fats and oils: It's all about minimal processing, novel ingredients & changing the plant's genetic profile

Consumers are confused over the healthiness of saturated fats, worried about chemical contaminants in processed oils and turned off by labels cluttered with additives to extend shelf and fry life. So what...

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...

EFSA launches public consultation on GM allergy assessment

The European Food Safety Authority is calling for public comments on its draft guidance for the allergenicity assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants.

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.

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...

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...

MEPs’ tough anti-GM stance criticised by industry

The row over glyphosate continues to spill over into decisions relating to genetically modified (GM) crops after environment MEPs called on the European Commission to withdraw its authorisations for the...

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