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The term nanotechnology refers to the control of matter at an atomic or molecular scale of between one and 100 nanometres (nm) – one millionth of a millimetre.

MEPs reject nanoparticles in novel foods

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Members of the European Parliament’s health and environment committee last night rejected a Commission proposal that would have updated novel foods rules to allow the use of nanoparticles.

Binding, global policies are needed to improve health, the letter argues

Health campaigners call for treaty to tackle poor diets

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

International health campaigners have called for a binding treaty to tackle diet-related ill health in a letter to the heads of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The exact impact of food 'sin' taxes on the European agri-food sector needs to be further assessed, says Commission

What’s top on the Commission’s food forum agenda?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The impact of ‘sin taxes’ on competitiveness and consumption habits, food prices, and sustainability were the key points on the agenda for the European Commission’s High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain.

The UK has been dubbed 'the fat man of Europe'

Government policies should pass an ‘obesity test’

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

All new UK government policies should be considered in the context of rising obesity rates in an effort to reverse the trend, urges a report from independent think tank 2020health.

Commission was wrong to separate med agency and EFSA: MEP

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The Commission was wrong to separate the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), nutrient profiles are unconvincing and the threat of botanical court action is unsurprising, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP)...

The Food safety conference takes place on October 15 in Warwickshire

Dangers posed by using the wrong food contact materials

By Rick Pendrous

Dangers lurk for companies that fail to understand their duty to provide safe products under the latest regulations covering materials, such as packaging, that are in contact with food and drink.

FIC regulation: When is nutrition labelling mandatory?

FIC regulation: When is nutrition labelling mandatory?

By Steve Spice, head of regulatory affairs at Campden BRI

The Provision of Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC) is fast approaching the key date in December 2014, after which the majority of its provisions start to take effect. In this guest article, Campden BRI expert Steve Spice addresses some of...

Swedish survey shows need for more products that adhere to Nordic nutrition keyhole label standards

80% of Swedes give keyhole labelling thumbs up

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Around 80% of Swedish people think the keyhole labelling system is a good thing, according to a survey published by the Swedish National Food Agency (NFA).

Low vitamin D status could be a worry for Scottish health, according to the new NDNS data.

Scottish dietary survey reveals vitamin D worry

By Nathan Gray

A significant proportion of Scottish adults and children show evidence of low vitamin D levels, according to new data from the UK national diet and nutrition survey (NDNS).

The new natural: How are clean label claims changing?

The new natural: How are clean label claims changing?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

European consumers expect simple foods with no artificial ingredients – but food companies are finding it harder to differentiate their products by adding clean label claims, according to Mintel’s director of innovation and insight David Jago.

Accuracy is particularly important for allergens and nutritional information

FIC regulation: Lost in translation?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Pan-European food companies could be prone to major translation blunders as they look to implement new food labelling rules, says translation expert Richard Brooks.

Alpro is removing 'may contain nut' labels in response to complaints

EFSA stymies progress on ‘may contain’

By Rick Pendrous

Alpro’s decision to reverse plans to combine its soya and nut production lines has shone the spotlight on the need for usable ‘action levels’ for adventitious allergen contamination of foods.

Latest rumours see internal market and enlargement in European neighbourhood posts disappearing

Juncker European Commission line-up leaked

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Lithuanian politician Vytenis Andriukaitis has been earmarked as the next commissioner for health and food safety in a leaked Juncker line-up, but officials remain tight lipped.

Nutrition information labelling exemptions are causing confusion

Small brands play catch up with food labelling rules

By Rod Addy

Small brands are reacting to food labelling changes more slowly than larger peers and risk a last-minute scramble to meet Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulation requirements, according to GS1 UK.

'Over-eating large amounts of ‘healthier’ foods can be as detrimental as under-consuming less healthy and processed options,' says Sam Allen, analyst at Canadean

UK malnutrition on the rise, report finds

By Anna Bonar

BBC findings suggest malnutrition is on the rise in the UK; a trend that could be due to insufficient education about balanced diet and hefty price tags on healthy food, Canadean says.

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