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Food & Health Policy

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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End of sugar quotas presents opportunity for the sector to become an international player

The end of sugar quotas can bring opportunities for both the farming community in terms of broader outlets for crops and for the industry when it comes to increase product options and risk mitigation, the president of the EU starch industry said.
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English hospitals impose 250 calorie limit on confectionary sold on premises

UK healthcare provider, National Health Service (NHS) England, has ordered all hospitals to stop selling “super-size” chocolate bars and “grab bags” of sugary snacks in a measure to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth-decay.

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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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France commits to basing food pricing on farmers' production costs

French President Emmunuel Macron has committed to effectively reversing the country’s food chain pricing structure so that it starts with what farmers need to cover their production costs and then moves forward to the retail point. 

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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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Parliament glyphosate debate sheds light on EU pesticide approval process

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that although glyphosate is not carcinogenic, it can be toxic and should be used with care, the head of the pesticides unit at the agency has told the European Parliament. 

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End of sugar quotas presents opportunity for the sector to become an international player

The end of sugar quotas can bring opportunities for both the farming community in terms of broader outlets for crops and for the industry when it comes to increase product options and risk mitigation, the president of the EU starch industry said.
European Agricultural Policy Europe

English hospitals impose 250 calorie limit on confectionary sold on premises

UK healthcare provider, National Health Service (NHS) England, has ordered all hospitals to stop selling “super-size” chocolate bars and “grab bags” of sugary snacks in a measure to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth-decay.

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Parliament glyphosate debate sheds light on EU pesticide approval process

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that although glyphosate is not carcinogenic, it can be toxic and should be used with care, the head of the pesticides unit at the agency has told the European Parliament. 

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Child obesity rises tenfold, food taxes and labelling “won’t be enough”

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed today. And single interventions such as taxing sugary drinks or the use of food labelling will not be sufficient to tackle the issue, obesity experts have said.

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Company director gets 8-month prison sentence for breaching EU health claims law

The director of a UK company selling Royal jelly – a substance secreted from the glands of bees - has been given an eight month prison sentence for claiming that his product could help people with Alzheimer’s disease and speed the healing of tumours. The sentence is suspended for 12 months, which means the director will not go to prison if he remains law abiding within this time period. However, he has also been ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

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Obesity will cost UK £23 billion annually by 2025 say campaigners

The annual cost of treating the consequences of obesity will reach £23 billion in the UK by 2025, the World Obesity Federation claims.

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Ireland confirms tax on sugary beverages from April 2018

Ireland’s finance department has published its 2018 budget this week which confirms that the country will be introducing a tax on sugary drinks from April 1st 2018. The tax will apply to sugar sweetened drinks with a sugar content between 5 grams and 8 grams per 100ml at a rate of 20c per litre.  A second rate will apply for drinks with a sugar content of 8 grams or above at 30c per litre.

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Child obesity rises tenfold, food taxes and labelling “won’t be enough”

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed today. And single interventions such as taxing sugary drinks or the use of food labelling will not be sufficient to tackle the issue, obesity experts have said.

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Czech parties vow to cut VAT on butter amid parliamentary election campaign

Skyrocketing butter prices across Europe have placed the food product on the agenda of Czech political parties ahead of the country’s parliamentary election. MP Jaroslav Foldyna, a representative of the co-ruling Social Democrats, has said the government should reduce the value-added tax (VAT) on butter to offset the price rise.

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Perdue discusses WTO quota issue, future agri-food trade with UK MPs

US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue has met with British MPs to discuss post-Brexit UK-US agri-food trade and reaching an agreement on Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) at the World Trade Organization (WTO). 

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Finland prepares guidance on breeding and marketing insects for food

Finland’s food safety authority, Evira, has announced it has started preparing guidelines for the food industry that will help them safely breed and market insects for food purposes. The revised EU novel food regulation comes into force on January 1st 2018, closing a legal vacuum and enabling companies to apply for permission across the EU to sell food that has insect ingredients.

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Glyphosate battle leads list of French farm concerns

French farmers have clashed with President Emmanuel Macron’s government over its intention to ban the herbicide glyphosate while, at the same time, lorry drivers are blocking roads over new labour laws and complaining about the EU’s livestock transport regulations. 

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