Sara Lewis is a Brussels-based freelance journalist who writes for IEG Policy on European food regulatory issues.
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EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides has told a cross-party group of MEPs that current use of the controversial food additive titanium dioxide (E 171) does not pose a safety concern, based on advice from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee January 21 backed the free trade and investment protection agreements between the EU and Vietnam.
The European wine industry association (CEEV) called on the European Parliament’s International Trade (INTA) Committee to support the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in a January 21 vote.
The Commission does not intend to amend current EU honey labelling rules despite growing pressure from MEPs and some member states to end labels stating, “blend of EU honeys”, “blend of non-EU honeys” or “blend of EU and non-EU honeys”.
The Commission wants member states to crack down on absorber pads in food packaging that shed fibres into the meat, fish, fruit and vegetables that they touch, EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides made clear in response to a written question from an MEP.
The Commission has refused to extend the list of approved uses for the novel food, chia seeds, to any foods, which require heat treatment at or above 120°C over acrylamide concerns, whilst clearing an extension for other products.