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European Food Law

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Consortium chief calls for strong EU research and innovation spending

The head of EIT Food, a consortium of leading international universities, research bodies and industries, Filip Fontaine, has called on the EU and its member states to “show strong commitment” to research and innovation in the agri-food sector in the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2021-2027.

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Food and Health Policy

Norwegian food industry backs “Best before, but often good after”

The vast majority of the Norwegian food industry supports the date packaging wording “Best before, but often good after” in order to help reduce food waste.

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Dutch organic farms used 15 forbidden substances to produce eggs

Sixty Dutch farms producing organic eggs were found to have illegally used fifteen pesticides and disinfectants, according to the association Foodwatch.

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Ukraine makes legislative moves to restrict palm oil

Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has passed, in the first reading, a new bill n°3871 designed to amend three Ukrainian laws by restricting the use of palm oil for food production – with a special nod to the interests of the domestic dairy industry.

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Labelling and Advertising

Commission presents common testing methodology for dual quality of food

The European Commission has released a new methodology that will allow national consumer authorities to compare the quality and characteristics of food products sold with similar packaging across the EU.

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Consumer group criticises misleading food labels

In a 14 June report the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has hit out at misleading labelling “tricks” that it says industry uses to cover up the true quality of food and drink products.

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Retailer fined for "misleading" food labelling that claimed produce was "Made in Slovenia"

Hofer, an Austrian retailer affiliated with Germany’s supermarket Aldi Süd, has been fined for the misleading presentation of some products in its' Slovenian supermarkets. Hofer used the “Kakovost iz Slovenije” (Quality from Slovenia) label for non-Slovenian produce, according to Slovenian press reports.

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Food Safety and Standards

Norwegian food industry backs “Best before, but often good after”

The vast majority of the Norwegian food industry supports the date packaging wording “Best before, but often good after” in order to help reduce food waste.

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ISO releases new edition of food safety management standard

The International Standards Organisation published the new edition of its global food safety management standard ISO 22000 on 19 June.

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Dutch organic farms used 15 forbidden substances to produce eggs

Sixty Dutch farms producing organic eggs were found to have illegally used fifteen pesticides and disinfectants, according to the association Foodwatch.

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Food Technology

Consortium chief calls for strong EU research and innovation spending

The head of EIT Food, a consortium of leading international universities, research bodies and industries, Filip Fontaine, has called on the EU and its member states to “show strong commitment” to research and innovation in the agri-food sector in the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2021-2027.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

High metal residues found in animals and derived products – EFSA report

Metals topped the list of the substances most frequently found in excessive quantities in livestock and animal products, a report issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)states.

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EU tightens SML for perchlorate in plastic food contact materials

The EU has tightened the specific migration limit (SML) for perchlorate in plastic food contact materials from 0.05 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) of food to 0.002 mg/kg in a 5 June regulation.

 

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Traceability and Supply Chain

Norwegian food industry backs “Best before, but often good after”

The vast majority of the Norwegian food industry supports the date packaging wording “Best before, but often good after” in order to help reduce food waste.

Europe Norway

ISO releases new edition of food safety management standard

The International Standards Organisation published the new edition of its global food safety management standard ISO 22000 on 19 June.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Dutch organic farms used 15 forbidden substances to produce eggs

Sixty Dutch farms producing organic eggs were found to have illegally used fifteen pesticides and disinfectants, according to the association Foodwatch.

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Trade Policy

“Unacceptable” US tariffs are already hurting Spanish olive producers, says Commission

The European Commission has condemned the United States’ decision to impose high tariffs on Spanish olives as “unacceptable” and a “protectionist measure”, explaining that the move is already having drastic consequences for local producers.

Trade Disputes EU

MEP backs bottle size waiver for Japanese shochu to ease EU-Japan FTA

Romanian centre right MEP Adina-Ioana Vălean is backing a Commission proposal to offer a waiver from EU rules on bottle sizes for the Japanese spirit drink shochu to help ease a future EU-Japan free trade agreement (FTA) in a report to be discussed in the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee on 20 June.

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China confirms new retaliatory tariffs on US farm goods

Beijing wasted no time in responding to new tariffs announced by the US today (June 15), saying China would immediately impose retaliatory measures ‘of the same scale and strength’.

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Brexit

Hogan raises prospect of second referendum as “tide is going out” on Brexit hardliners

Claiming that British public opinion is turning against leaving the bloc because they start to see through the ‘deceptions and lies’ of UK politicians, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan raised the spectre of a second Brexit referendum.

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Brexit border challenge threatens Ireland’s food and agriculture industry

The Ireland question is without doubt one of the thorniest issues posed by the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The British Government’s recognition of this was the reason for the publication of plans this week to operate temporary customs arrangements until a permanent trade agreement can be established.

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ECJ tells German court to decide whether Scotch Whisky GI has been infringed

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that it is down to a German court to decide whether the German manufacturer of a whisky called “Glen Buchenbach” had infringed the rights of the Scotch Whisky geographical indication.

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Eurofood Monitor

Introduction to Eurofood Monitor

Eurofood Monitor is a structured guide to EU food legislation available to subscribers to IEG Policy’s European Food Law channel.
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