IEG Policy’s Top 10 for April: Alcohol labelling, GMA forecasts, Farm Bill progress and CAP leaks
It was another eventful month in both Washington and Brussels last month, with significant developments in food and drink labelling, farming policy, and legislation related to the organic sector.
The following articles were the most read on IEG Policy last month. Some are free to view for all, while others are restricted to channel subscriptions. Simply select the hyperlink in the headline to open the related content.
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- Andriukaitis hints Commission will reject industry’s alcohol labelling proposal (free to view) The European Commission looks set to dismiss a self-regulation proposal put forward by the alcoholic drinks sector. The cross-sectoral proposal aims to end a waiver from nutrition and ingredients labelling requirements in the food information to consumers regulation for drinks containing over 1.2% alcohol by volume.
- Recall oversight, nutrition, FDA staff changes among predictions at GMA meeting (free to view) Experts at the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s annual Science Forum last month made a number of forecasts for the year ahead.
- House Ag Committee clears farm bill on party-line vote (free to view) In perhaps one of the shortest farm bill markup sessions on record, the House Agriculture Committee approved the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 after a highly political and contentions markup session that saw few amendments considered, but much discussion about the underlying legislation.
- Leaked draft on CAP unveils capping and money shift but no greening New financial realities, an ageing farming sector and little generational renewal are forcing the EU executive to rethink the way Common Agricultural Policy money is spent.
- Parliament approves new EU organic legislation The European Parliament plenary has approved new rules to ensure only high-quality organic food is traded within the bloc and to expand organic production.
- Interview: “Don’t expect a sudden subsidy switch post-Brexit” (free to view) There is no way that UK farmers will be asked to face an overnight New Zealand-style switch to no direct subsidies at the end of 2022, according to Edinburgh-based agribusiness consultant Tim Byrne, who argues that Britain’s commitment to environmental issues rules out such a change.
- Officials from Trump on down trying to reassure farmers re: China (free to view) Threatened tariffs by China against key US agricultural exports like soybeans and other products have the attention of the US government at the highest levels – from President Donald Trump on down.
- EFSA thumbs down to stevia extension The European Food Safety Authority has handed down a negative opinion on an application to extend the current specifications for the EU-approved food additive steviol glycosides to include all forms of the compound identified in Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni leaves.
- Congress, Trump administration should ditch anti-labeling initiative in NAFTA, groups say (free to view) Consumer advocates, health groups and academics are asking the administration and Congress to drop a controversial front-of-package labeling proposal floated in drafts of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
- Timeline: Is Europe gradually abandoning palm oil? Reports on the environmental destruction caused by palm oil harvesting, and the health concerns around the oil, is leading ever more companies to remove it from their lines and policymakers to tighten the regulatory noose.
In case you missed it…
Two new special reports were released by IEG Policy last month.
- The US Food Policy Regulatory Outlook assesses what is in store for US food policy and regulation in 2018, including changes to the Food Safety Modernization Act, updates to the US meat inspection regime and food labelling trends.
- The EU and US Organics Sector: Market Overview and Regulatory Outlook explores the potential for further expansion of this segment of the global food and drinks market, as well as the regulatory context within both Europe and America.
Both reports are available for subscribers to download in the Resources> Market Review section of the website.