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Robert Besford

FIC: 10 Things You Should Do Now

By Robert Besford

‘The Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU 1169/2011 – also known as ‘FIC’), which will start to be enforced in December this year, will have a big impact on all those involved in the supply and sale of food and drink products.

Where does our food come from? Traceability is crucial to market success

Where does our food come from? Traceability is crucial to market success

By Han De Groot, executive director at UTZ Certified and Liza Murphy, senior relationships manager at UTZ certified.

Traceability is here to stay – and it is industry’s responsibility to put efficient and reliable traceability systems in place to provide real information for consumers.  

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What do the eco heretics mean for GM golden rice?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Dr Patrick Moore – Greenpeace founding member and GM defector – represents a fear that lurks in the heart of all ideologists: Am I on the right side of the fence? Am I the goodie or the baddie? 

Angela Coleshill, FDF director of employment and skills

What does the UK's first food engineering degree mean for industry?

By Angela Coleshill

A new sector-specific engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK aims to tackle the current skills gap in food engineering, with the first students starting next year.In this guest article, director of employment and skills at the Food...

ENSA chair Bernard Deryckere says plant food consumption needs to increase, but regulations are restricting that goal

What is the true cost of reduced plant food consumption?

By Bernard Deryckere, chairman ENSA

Increasing intakes of soy and other plant-based foods and supplements can reduce environmental burdens – but does the political will exist to do it? Not really, says the chair of the 10-year-old European Natural Soyfood Manufacturers Association (ENSA).

Should a company's charity work be overshadowed by obvious PR gains?

Corporate altruism: Oxymoron or get-real solution?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Writing up an article on Kellogg’s World Food Day initiative yesterday, that age old question seemed to buzz through: is there really such a thing as a selfless good deed? And what about, dare we ask, on a corporate level?

Sustainably produced or not, palm oil production will continue to expand, particularly in emerging markets

Concerned about palm oil? Boycotting won’t change a thing

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Palm oil production is a major cause of deforestation, loss of habitat and – let’s not forget – dismal working conditions for people in growing areas, mainly in Southeast Asia. But Europe needs palm oil and palm oil producers need European consumers to...

Schwitters: “the NDA Panel has opened the door for claiming a direct causal relationship between a deficiency in a food or one of its components and a disease”

Does EFSA’s folate-NTD opinion open door to disease claims?

By Bert Schwitters

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) recent backing of folate’s (vitamin B9) ability to reduce the risk of spinal birth defects is a good thing for infant health and the vitamin industry – but is it actually a prohibited disease claim in disguise?...

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