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Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis is a Brussels-based freelance journalist who writes for IEG Policy on European food regulatory issues. 

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Industry questions dual quality food claims

The food industry is questioning the validity of claims about so-called ‘dual quality foods’ whereby brands sold in Eastern Europe are supposedly of inferior quality to those in the West. FoodDrinkEurope Director General, Mella Frewen, welcomed the European Commission’s plans to develop a standard EU methodology to test for quality differences at the 13 October Bratislava Summit for equal quality of products for all.
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MEPs to urge Commission not to renew glyphosate authorisation

Left wing MEPs are filing a European Parliament motion opposing a European Commission proposal to renew the authorisation of controversial weed killer glyphosate for 10 years when it expires on 3 December.

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EU pesticides and biocides chief defends endocrine disruptor criteria

The head of the Commission’s pesticides and biocides unit, Klaus Berend, has defended proposed criteria for defining endocrine disrupting substances under the 2012 biocidal products regulation (BPR – 528/2012).
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EFSA gives modified starches the thumbs up

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given a dozen modified starches the green light following a risk assessment where it found no safety concerns with the amounts currently used in different applications.

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Law easing Fukushima import controls in translation

A Commission implementing regulation that will ease import controls imposed on Japanese food and feed following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident is currently in translation from English into the EU’s 23 other official languages.
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Consumer law revamp could tackle dual quality foods as “a last resort”

An update to EU consumer protection laws that the Commission has planned for March 2018 could include amendments to tackle problems linked to so-called dual quality foods, where identical brands are of lesser quality in Central and Eastern European Member States, than those in the West and North. But the Commission sees new legislation as “a last resort,” Francisco Fonseca Morilla, the Deputy Director General of the Justice and Consumers directorate general (DG JUST), told MEPs on 11 October.
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