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Peter Rixon

London

Peter Rixon heads up the European Food Law channel on IEG Policy.

As well as covering issues such as changes to the labelling of food, legal debates on food technology, rulings on advertising and developments in nutrition strategy, Peter also focuses on broader questions such as how stakeholders are tackling the obesity epidemic, habitat destruction, socio-ethical sourcing, food-related illness and demands for more localized production.

Peter also hosts webinars and meetings on food-related issues.

Before joining Informa in 2000, Peter worked on UK newspapers covering environmental, health, crime and political issues. Since then he has covered pharmaceuticals, medical technology, clinical trials, political lobbying, animal pharmaceuticals, and GM food in Europe. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the EU Food Law publication in 2010.

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Food companies are getting “too big” and farmers are paying the price, says report

Mergers that create giant food companies allow the new entities to shape policies that fit their needs rather those of food producers or consumers, the European Commission has been warned in a report today.

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UK to launch inquiry into 2 Sisters poultry plant and wider food chain

The House of Commons’ Environment Food and Rural Affairs committee is to launch an inquiry into allegations of food safety breaches at the 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich poultry plant. The allegations were made in September by undercover reporters who worked at the plant and claimed, among other things, that slaughter dates on chickens were being changed.

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UK to launch inquiry into 2 Sisters poultry plant and wider food chain

The House of Commons’ Environment Food and Rural Affairs committee is to launch an inquiry into allegations of food safety breaches at the 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich poultry plant. The allegations were made in September by undercover reporters who worked at the plant and claimed, among other things, that slaughter dates on chickens were being changed.

European Food Law Compliance and Enforcement

Ireland confirms tax on sugary beverages from April 2018

Ireland’s finance department has published its 2018 budget this week which confirms that the country will be introducing a tax on sugary drinks from April 1st 2018. The tax will apply to sugar sweetened drinks with a sugar content between 5 grams and 8 grams per 100ml at a rate of 20c per litre.  A second rate will apply for drinks with a sugar content of 8 grams or above at 30c per litre.

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Child obesity rises tenfold, food taxes and labelling “won’t be enough”

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed today. And single interventions such as taxing sugary drinks or the use of food labelling will not be sufficient to tackle the issue, obesity experts have said.

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Company director gets 8-month prison sentence for breaching EU health claims law

The director of a UK company selling Royal jelly – a substance secreted from the glands of bees - has been given an eight month prison sentence for claiming that his product could help people with Alzheimer’s disease and speed the healing of tumours. The sentence is suspended for 12 months, which means the director will not go to prison if he remains law abiding within this time period. However, he has also been ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

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