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Hidden lobbying could go unchecked under poor EU transparency proposals, says watchdog

Industry lobbying activities could continue to go “unchecked” with insufficient Commission proposals for a new mandatory transparency register, according to transparency watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory.

Magic move? Tesco targets wintery Brits with vitamin D mushrooms

Tesco has launched vitamin D2-enriched mushrooms in the UK, a move that could help Britons deficient in the nutrient, dieticians say.

Instinctif Partners help firms get ‘recall ready’

Instinctif Partners has launched two tools to measure a business’ ability to respond to a product recall or operational crisis.

Pedon pulse pasta rides Europe's protein wave

Dutch consumers' first impression of Pedon's red lentil pasta may have been lacklustre but the Italian pulse processor is unworried as it rides Europe's triple trend wave for healthy protein, flavoured pasta...

Edible crickets can be reared on food by-products, study says

Concerns over using crickets as a sustainable alternative to meat may be eased as a study has shown that weeds and food by-products could work as single ingredients to successfully...

Switzerland and Canada expand organic trade deal

The Swiss and Canadian governments have recognised the equivalency of their organic standards for multi-ingredient processed products.

Slovakia has compromised on standards since joining EU - officials

Slovakia has had to compromise on or lower food safety standards post accession to comply with EU regulations, according to officials.

Time to cap trans fats in Europe, ENVI politicians tell Commission

Health and food safety politicians today backed a motion for a resolution to protect the health of Europeans by setting legal limits on the use of artificial trans fats....

Glyphosate opinion: EFSA says new data disclosure allows closer scrutiny

EFSA is to release the raw data used in the recent EU safety evaluation of glyphosate, saying the move is part of its commitment to open risk assessment.

Nestlé tops influential sustainability index, but industry scores are below par

Nestlé is the top-rated food and beverage company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) – its score of 92 out of 100 was more than double the sector average (39).

Strategic task force to help insect firms navigate novel food regulation

The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) wants workable and consistent rules for insect producers across the EU and is setting up a strategic task force to help...

Danish Food Cluster grows 'entrepreneurial ecosystem' to ferment food innovation

The CEO of the Danish Food Cluster - and two members - tell FoodNavigator of their mission to make the Danish food industry a by-word for entrepreneurial and tech innovation....

Food safety recall round-up 20-29 September 2016

Recalls: Clostridium botulinum, bread contamination and E. coli

Food recalls and alerts for the end of September have been notified by England, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, USA, Austria, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark.

Emerging Markets

Mastic and mojito: Innovating in the Middle East’s ‘reshuffled’ gum market

Lebanese company Master Chewing Gum & Candies has introduced a gourmet gum brand in unconventional flavors such as mojito as it looks to seize on the Middle East’s changing gum...

IFCN says 40% fewer dairy farms in Western Europe by 2026

According to IFCN Monitoring, the world milk price has increased by 35% to a level of about $30/100 kg milk since June 2016.

What does Greenpeace's palm oil report mean for IOI & RSPO?

Greenpeace's damning report on Malaysian palm oil supplier IOI, just one month after its membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was renewed, could be damaging for the...

Boost elderly protein intake by improving taste and convenience, study suggests

Improving protein consumption in the elderly may be a matter of improving taste, convenience and affordability as a study sets out a series of strategies designed to boost intake in...

Ecolabel market to grow by 66%, and will become more powerful than regulation, say Danish researchers

The number of eco-labels could grow by 66% in the next 15 years as their power and influence becomes much great than regulation, according to new research carried out in Denmark.

More cocoa growing needed in Madagascar to lift vanilla market sustainability, say executives

Introducing more cocoa farming to Madagascar is key for a sustainable vanilla market, say Barry Callebaut and Prova on the launch of their new partnership.

Stealth carrots: How veggies are finding victory in F&B

Carrots might look dull compared to trendy super fruits and leafy vegetables, but the humble vegetable is in demand as a subtle but powerful nutritional boost, as consumers seek to...

’We are investors and we expect companies to manage the risks in their supply chain’

Investors worth $1.25trn urge industry to switch to sustainable plant proteins

A group of investors worth $1.25 trillion (€1.1 trn) in assets are urging 16 food companies to accelerate the switch to sustainable, plant-based proteins.

News in brief

Nestlé Health Science founding chief retires after 40 years

Luis Cantarell, who headed up €500m+ food-pharma crossover research centre Nestlé Health Science when it launched in 2010, is retiring after 40 years at the Swiss food giant.

Greenpeace activists block IOI palm oil at Rotterdam port

Greenpeace activists are blocking palm oil imports from Malaysian trader IOI at Rotterdam harbour in protest at the firm's involvement in forest destruction, peatland fires and use of child labour....

Global ID Group snapped up by private equity firm

The Global ID Group is to be acquired by a private equity firm for an undisclosed amount.

Acrylamide regulations won’t reduce exposure, say campaigners as draft EU proposals are leaked

The European Commission’s proposed new regulation on acrylamide is “meaningless” and won’t make any difference to consumers’ exposure to the substance, say campaigners.

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