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Food & Health Policy

Food Policy

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What about EFSA? FoodDrinkEurope asks in response to UK Brexit White Paper

EU industry association FoodDrinkEurope says that it is “particularly concerned” that the UK White Paper on Brexit “makes no explicit reference to UK participation in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).”

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Spain considering taking US olive case to WTO

Spain has insisted that the provision of national aid to the country’s black olives sector is not distorting free market competition, as claimed by the US, and is fully compatible with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

European Food Law Europe

EFSA revamps chemical hazards database

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on 19 July that it had just added a further 321 substances to its OpenFoodTox database on chemical hazards, bringing the total listed up to over 4,750, as part of the latest overhaul.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Council flouts MEPs in naming seven EFSA Management Board members

The Council has snubbed MEPs’ recommendations for the seven members of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Management Board that took office on 1 July, by only selecting three and not backing a call for more choice.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Polish parliament amends milk and dairy products market law

The Sejm, the lower chamber of the Polish parliament, has passed an amended law on the domestic milk and dairy products market which introduces a number of changes to the functioning of local milk producers and dairy products makers and their regulatory obligations. Among others, the legislation identifies new control authorities for Polish industry players and imposes new reporting requirements on local entities.

Europe Poland

Commission registers Citizens’ Initiative demanding eradication of hunger in the EU

Petitioners are urging the European Commission to undertake actions in five key areas in order to eliminate food insecurity among the most vulnerable EU citizens.

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Health & Nutrition

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EFSA revamps chemical hazards database

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on 19 July that it had just added a further 321 substances to its OpenFoodTox database on chemical hazards, bringing the total listed up to over 4,750, as part of the latest overhaul.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Council flouts MEPs in naming seven EFSA Management Board members

The Council has snubbed MEPs’ recommendations for the seven members of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Management Board that took office on 1 July, by only selecting three and not backing a call for more choice.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Commission registers Citizens’ Initiative demanding eradication of hunger in the EU

Petitioners are urging the European Commission to undertake actions in five key areas in order to eliminate food insecurity among the most vulnerable EU citizens.

Food Policy EU

Ferrero cleared of advertising HFSS food to children

Ferrero has come under scrutiny for a range of social media posts that promoted its chocolate spread, Nutella. However, the company has not been found to have breached rules related to the advertising of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) to children.

Europe United Kingdom

Liquorice sweet returns to Norwegian shelves after legislative update

Since the 2012 EU tobacco convention raised the age limit for tobacco sales and products that reminded people of tobacco products to 18 years of age, stores were also ordered to hide the products in stores – including the popular “liquorice pipe” sweet in Norway. Now a recent update of this act means a reintroduction of liquorice pipes on store shelves.

Europe Norway

EU authorises DSM’s hen egg white lysozyme hydrolysate as a novel food

DSM Nutritional Products Ltd’s hen egg white lysozyme hydrolysate has been authorised in the EU as a novel food for use in supplements.

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Tax Policy

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Hungary to slash VAT on milk, raise junk food tax

The Hungarian government plans to submit a tax package bill to the parliament next week which includes a number of tax cuts, including the reduction of the value-added tax (VAT) on UHT and ESL milk. The authorities are also planning, at a later date, to raise the rate of the country’s tax on junk food and unhealthy beverages, according to cabinet officials.

Europe Hungary

Russia's wine producers want tax imposed on imports

Leading Russian winemakers from the Union of Wine Growers and Wine Producers have asked the country’s government to impose tariffs on imports of wine, in a move to raise the competitiveness of domestic producers. The government will make a decision this month.

Europe Russian Federation

Cap farm subsidies, support small farmers and up funds for rural development - Food Forum study

A new EU Common Food Policy should cap subsidies, redirect them to smallholders and co-operatives and increase support for rural development, according to a collective paper issued by the EU food and farming forum.

EU European Agricultural Policy
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Animal Welfare

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Strategic partnership puts Europe ‘on the map’ in lab-grown meat sector

One of Europe’s largest meat companies is making a significant investment in Mosa Meat - a Dutch start-up that claims to be the world's leading company for cultured beef.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Brazil, EU and Russia clash at WTO over meat trade issues

Issues related to the global trade in meat products dominated the agenda at last week’s meeting of the World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) committee – with Brazil, the EU and Russia all clashing over costly import restrictions.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

CO2 shortage “exposes weak point” in food supply chain, say meat processors

With CO2 shortages still causing problems for UK meat processors, one of the country’s leading industry bodies is seeking reassurances that the current crisis will not become a more regular occurrence after Brexit.

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