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Food & Health Policy

Food Policy

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Research into salt content of snack sparks call for compulsory front-of-pack nutrition labelling

New research which analysed 555 savoury picnic “finger foods” available from retailers, such as olives and pasties, revealed high levels of salt in one in four of the products.

European Food Law Food Policy

Norwegian industry body pushes for liberalisation of alcohol sales policy

Norwegian industry organisation Virke is pushing for Norway’s 3,000 kiosks and gas stations to get the same rights to sell beer as the country’s grocery stores. If this isn’t possible, the group is looking to lobby to move all beer sales to the country-owned Vinmonopolet liquor stores instead. 

 

European Food Law Norway

Croatian opposition leader calls for lower VAT on beverages sold by restaurants

Davor Bernardić, the chairman of Croatia’s opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), has called on the government to decrease the value-added tax (VAT) on beverages sold by restaurants.

European Food Law Croatia

Kazakhstan adopts dairy standards 'roadmap'

Kazakhstan has strengthened its commitment to improving dairy standards by signing a roadmap that will bring them to a level on par with those across the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Food Safety and Standards Food Policy

Defra promises ‘no deal’ support as farming campaign group warns of widespread bankruptcies

The UK’s Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has insisted it “will not hesitate” to provide direct support for certain agriculture sectors in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, following the publication of a report claiming up to half of farms in the UK could go bankrupt under such a scenario.

Farm Incomes Brexit

US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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Health & Nutrition

Set Alert for Health and Nutrition

Research into salt content of snack sparks call for compulsory front-of-pack nutrition labelling

New research which analysed 555 savoury picnic “finger foods” available from retailers, such as olives and pasties, revealed high levels of salt in one in four of the products.

European Food Law Food Policy

US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EU approves betaine as a novel food ingredient for sports foods

The European Commission has announced that it has approved DuPont Nutrition Biosciences’ application for betaine to be used as a novel food ingredient in sports nutrition.

European Food Law Food Safety and Standards

Scotland bans the sale of energy drinks to young people at leisure centres

Leisure centres, libraries and museums in Scotland are among the publicly-owned institutions where staff are no longer allowed to sell caffeinated energy drinks to people under the age of 16 due to concern about the negative health effects from over consumption.

European Food Law Traceability & Supply Chain

Poland is top of food recall index, according to latest survey

Poland is the origin of more recalled food than any other country in the second quarter of 2019, according to data collated from the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). It is the first time the country has been the lead country of origin for recalled food since at least 2016.

European Food Law Poland

EFSA says nicotinamide riboside is safe as source of Vitamin B3 in supplements

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said that nicotinamide riboside can be safely used as a source of Vitamin B3 in food supplements at a daily serving of 300mg.

European Food Law Additives
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Tax Policy

Set Alert for Tax Policy

Croatian opposition leader calls for lower VAT on beverages sold by restaurants

Davor Bernardić, the chairman of Croatia’s opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), has called on the government to decrease the value-added tax (VAT) on beverages sold by restaurants.

European Food Law Croatia

German farmers slam meat tax proposal as production drops

Farm groups have rebuffed calls to introduce a meat tax in Germany, saying environmental and welfare goals would be better served by helping them compete with overseas suppliers who produce to lower standards.

Animal Welfare Environment and Conservation

Researchers call for ‘calorie tax’ on processed foods

Public health campaign group Action on Sugar and Action on Salt has called on the UK Treasury and Department of Health and Social Care to introduce a levy on companies making processed foods with excessive amounts of calories to encourage reformulation.

Health and Nutrition Tax Policy
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Animal Welfare

Set Alert for Animal Welfare

German farmers slam meat tax proposal as production drops

Farm groups have rebuffed calls to introduce a meat tax in Germany, saying environmental and welfare goals would be better served by helping them compete with overseas suppliers who produce to lower standards.

Animal Welfare Environment and Conservation

EU meat buyers avoiding long-term contracts with UK suppliers over tariff fears

Buyers in continental Europe are already shying away from UK meat because of fears of no-deal Brexit tariffs.

Brexit Markets

Ten EU states now have confirmed cases of ASF

Slovakia has become the 10th EU nation to confirm a case of African Swine Fever (ASF).

Animal Health Animal Welfare
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