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Do neonicotinoids harm bees? The European Commission has chosen a precautionary approach

Syngenta challenges EU insecticide ban


Swiss agrichemical firm Syngenta has said it will take the European Commission to court over its decision to suspend the use of a pesticide on crops pollinated by bees.

Geslain-Lanéelle will take up the role of director general for agricultural, agri-food and territorial policies in the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry on September 1, 2013

EFSA executive director stands down

By Laurence Gibbons

Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle has announced her decision to stand down from her role as executive director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Sugar users have welcomed the removal of quotas by 2017

EU reaches deal on CAP reform


European institutions reached a deal on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on Wednesday, including a compromise that will end sugar quotas by 2017.

Proposed changes to food safety inspection rules are scheduled to take effect in 2016

EC to extend food safety inspection charges

By Rick Pendrous

Food processors could face soaring costs for official inspections as a consequence of the European Commission’s (EC’s) attempt to standardise ‘official controls’ governing food safety regulation across the EU.

Europe's food industry welcomes EU-US trade negotiations

Europe's food industry welcomes EU-US trade negotiations


European food industry trade body FoodDrinkEurope has welcomed formal negotiations between the European Union and the United States on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), announced at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland.

Commission releases over 300,000 MT as EU sugar price almost doubles the world price

EU releases fourth tranche of out-of-quota sugar

By Oliver Nieburg

The European Commission has released a fourth round of out-of-quota sugar for the current marketing year at reduced levies in a bid to boost EU supplies as prices soar above world levels.

Health groups urge action on nutrient profiling

Health groups urge action on nutrient profiling


A group of European health organisations has urged European Commission president José Manuel Barroso to issue a proposal on nutrient profiling as part of a wider EU goal to reduce premature deaths.


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