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US cheese tariffs dampen mood at EU dairy conference

The imposition by the US of new tariffs on EU dairy exports overshadowed the agenda at this year’s European Dairy Association Congress in Vienna.

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CAP “clearly has a role to play” on diets, Commission official says

The European Commission has defended its upcoming ‘Farm to Fork’-strategy in response to calls by an advisory body for a comprehensive EU food policy.

EU International

Closing date nears for Commission consultation on phthalate use in food contact materials

The closing date for a European Commission survey on the use of phthalates (esters of phthalic acid) in food contact materials (FCMs) is looming.

European Food Law Food Policy

Danish report on climate impact of beef gets hotly disputed

A report out of Denmark stating that “alcohol, coffee and sweets are greater climate culprits than beef” has been heavily criticised by a number of organisations, partly because the study was funded by one of Denmark’s leading agriculture councils.

European Food Law Denmark

Production of imitation Italian cheese overtakes originals, Italian farmers report

Global production of non-original Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses has surpassed the production volume of Italian originals thanks to the spread of imitations across all continents.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Government backs UK committee on labelling of vegetarian products

Calling vegetarian foods “sausages” or “burgers” is not a misleading practice, a UK minister has said this week, backing the opinion of a Parliamentary committee that looked into the matter earlier this year.



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Health & Nutrition

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CAP “clearly has a role to play” on diets, Commission official says

The European Commission has defended its upcoming ‘Farm to Fork’-strategy in response to calls by an advisory body for a comprehensive EU food policy.

EU International

Obesity “epidemic” is becoming a “world problem”, EESC leader warns

One-fifth of the European population now suffers from obesity and nearly one-tenth does not have access to safe and nutritious food, a panel debate at an event revealed.

International EU

Government backs UK committee on labelling of vegetarian products

Calling vegetarian foods “sausages” or “burgers” is not a misleading practice, a UK minister has said this week, backing the opinion of a Parliamentary committee that looked into the matter earlier this year.



European Food Law Food Policy

Food production is not increasing fast enough to feed the world - report

A new report released today says the world is not increasing agricultural productivity fast enough to sustainably meet the food, feed, fiber, and bioenergy needs of the planet’s population by 2050.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Yeast contamination threatens European apple juice exports

A large volume of apple juice concentrate (AJC) shipped from Europe to the US is contaminated with a type of yeast, IEG Policy's sister title IEG Vu has learned, which has made the product unusable.

Food Safety and Standards Markets

OECD calls for stepped up efforts to prevent obesity

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is calling for regulators worldwide to step up efforts to prevent obesity, through a major report analysing the impact of taxes, advertising restrictions, labelling and reformulation on public health, national economies as well as the food and drink industry.

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Tax Policy

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French lawmakers want to tax grapefruit juice/wine blends

Mixes of rosé wine and grapefruit juice (as well as other fruit juices) are popular in France, albeit not in other European countries. With an alcohol content of around 7%, they tend to be sweet and aimed at younger consumers.



European Food Law Tax Policy

Lithuanian MPs submit bill to introduce new tax on larger retailers

A group of Lithuanian lawmakers have submitted a draft bill to introduce a new tax on major retail chains.



European Food Law Food Policy

France’s high court rules against tax benefits for palm oil based biodiesel

Tax incentives on biofuels that use palm oil look set to be dropped from January 2020 following a French high court ruling today.

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Animal Welfare

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Commission unveils new poultry welfare reference centre

The European Commission has chosen a consortium of organisations to set up a new reference centre for the welfare of poultry and other small farmed animals.

Animal Welfare Farm Policy & Programs

UK tables plans for single agrifood area in Ireland - but fresh Brexit rows lie ahead

The United Kingdom has published plans to maintain EU standards for agriculture and food products in Northern Ireland after Brexit, as part of a proposed solution to the vexing problem of how to deal with the issue of the Irish border after Britain leaves the EU.

Brexit Food Safety and Standards

Wojciechowski wobbles during MEP grilling to win top EU job

Janusz Wojciechowski, the Polish Commissioner-designate for Agriculture in the next European Commission, was questioned on October 1 by MEPs from the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament (AGRI).

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