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Food industry bodies fear the trade deal could undermine public health, environment and food industry rights ©iStock

Stop CETA: Trans-continental coalition fights trade agreement

By Louis Gore-Langton

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 dietary and environmental impact of the food industry.

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New FoodConnects partnership to tackle global food challenges

By Niamh Michail

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 through a €400m innovation partnership.

UK organic certification board, the Soil Association, is firm:

'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

By Natalie Morrison

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

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France calls for an end to TTIP talks

By Niamh Michail

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 voted to leave the EU. Is TTIP over before it even started?

The Commission says this is a 'time of transition' when Europe is reducing the use of animal testing thanks to major technological advances. ©iStocktiripero

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From law to labs: EU's tide change for animal experiments

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

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 on lab floors?

Contrary to popular (European) belief, there are some areas in which the US has stricter food safety standards - such as the use of antibiotics in animal rearing, says the report. © iStock

TTIP could bring food safety regulations to a standstill: Report

By David Burrows

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 the US-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)....

The European Commission and environment MEPs have had multiple clashes over the subject of GM crops and glyphosate of late. © iStock

MEPs’ tough anti-GM stance criticised by industry

By David Burrows

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 use of a GM maize resistant to the weedkiller.

Much of Turkey's food regulation is harmonised with EU law making it a hassle-free country to do business  - although there are some notable exceptions, such as GMOs, nutrient profiles and maximum salt levels. © iStock

Spotlight on Turkish regulation: 'It's an easy market to enter'

By Niamh Michail

Harmonisation of Turkish and EU food law make it an easy and attractive market for foreign companies, but on issues that affect public health - such as nutrient profiles, health claims, GM food and salt reduction - the country is forging its own path. FoodNavigator...

Owen Paterson (left) and James Paice: opposite sides in Brexit debate

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Former Tory food ministers slug it out over Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

Britain’s ability to develop genetically modified (GM) foods was a central theme of a debate on next month’s EU referendum between two former Tory food ministers yesterday (May 12) in London.

The publication of almost 250 pages of internal documents from the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the US suggests that a deal is increasingly unlikely. (© iStock.com)

TTIP leaks: Five points of interest for the food industry

By David Burrows

The publication of almost 250 pages of internal documents from the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the US suggests that a deal is increasingly unlikely. 

TTIP could damage food safety, protected origin foods and flood the EU market with cheap beef and dairy imports, Friends of the Earth has warned. Photo: iStock

TTIP – a nail in the coffin for EU food producers?

By David Burrows

The big winners of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal will be the corporate food giants and US factory farms with European producers set to lose the most, according to Friends of the Earth. "Entire sectors are at risk...

Monsanto hits back at MEP vote: 'We believe that African nations are beginning to ignore this European NGO noise and neocolonialism and decide for themselves whether GM technology offers them any benefits.' © iStock.com / Polhansen

Monsanto slams EU attempt to block GM crops in Africa as 'neo-colonialism'

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Parliament’s Committee on Development has urged G8 member states “not to support GMO [genetically modified] crops in Africa” as part of its critical resolution on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition - a decision agri giant Monsanto...

EFSA budget plateaus despite growing workload

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced plateauing budgets for the next three years and staffing reductions of 10% running up to 2018 – despite its increasing responsibilities.

French & German authorities weigh in on 'emotional' glyphosate debate

By Niamh Michail

Glyphosate cannot be classed as a probable carcinogen but its use in formulations could be a cause for concern, says the French food safety authority while the German safety body has called for scientific professionalism to spare consumers unnecessary...

The Russian government is encouraging organic food production partly because of the food import ban, said Organic Monitor director, Amarjit Sahota. © iStock

Can Russia's organic industry match Putin's ambitions?

By Niamh Michail

Russian president Vladimir Putin wants Russia to become the worlds biggest supplier of eco-friendly food - but the country still has a long way in terms of organic certification and production, say experts.

'It’s very difficult to say carte-blanche what a testing protocol should be – it’s completely dependent on the individual supply chain and supplier,' said Richard Werran, managing director of Cert ID Europe.

New tests needed to detect GM soy, says Cert ID

By Niamh Michail

New GM crops such as CV127 soybean are not detectable with older testing methods, and food producers must update their testing protocols to avoid GM ingredients going undetected and undeclared in the food chain, according to Cert ID Europe.

Evolva launches fermentation-derived valencene

By Niamh Michail

Evolva will begin producing valencene orange flavour through fermentation allowing for large scale production at a fraction of the cost of traditional extraction methods, it says.

EFSA backs glyphosate but should industry blacklist it anyway?

EFSA backs glyphosate but should industry blacklist it anyway?

By David Burrows

The European Commission’s standing committee meets today to discuss whether or not to renew approval for glyphosate. Chances are the controversial herbicide will get the green light. Should the food industry step in and apply its own ban?

“There’s a lot of work to be done to help consumers make the connection between meat and climate change,” said Catherine Happer.

COP21: Sustainability in focus

More headaches for "less meat" messaging

By David Burrows

Want to promote products with less meat or meat alternatives? Steer clear of environmental messages and focus on health, say researchers.

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