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Food & Health Policy

Food Policy

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Spanish government called upon to “restore balance to the food supply chain”

Spain's farmers group Unión de Uniones de Agricultores y Ganaderos has informed authorities in Spain that the real problem facing the Spanish food chain is market concentration involving players who belong to the food industry and distribution markets.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Mutual recognition law crucial for supplements takes effect in April

A revised EU mutual recognition regulation due to take effect in April is expected to provide a major boost for the food supplements industry.

European Food Law Compliance and Enforcement

Farmers' union leader urges maintenance of high UK food standards

The UK’s food standards must be the benchmark for any future UK trade deal - and a Trade and Standards Commission should be created to ensure that food that does not meet UK regulations cannot be imported into Britain.

United Kingdom EU

Kyriakides aims for early release of Farm-to-Fork Strategy

The European Commission is “working very hard” on its Farm-to-Fork strategy and the planned publication date of May has been brought forward to the end of March, says EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. 

EU European Agricultural Policy

Italy’s farmers warn of Brexit threat to Italian produce

Italy’s farmers’ group Coldiretti, which recently hailed the country’s agri-food industry for successfully increasing its production volume by 3% and exports by 4% in 2019, warned against complacency at a time when the threat of a hard Brexit is looming large over the sector.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Chinese animal products face widespread import restrictions over Covid-19

As Covid-19 continues to spread in more countries, the impact between China and its trading partners is growing. According to the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Products and Animal By-Products (CFNA), a long list of countries has introduced new rules on imports of China’s agri products. These include Azerbaijan, Egypt, Pakistan, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Cameroon, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Turkey, Armenia, Italy, India, Indonesia and Jordan.

 

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Health & Nutrition

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Mutual recognition law crucial for supplements takes effect in April

A revised EU mutual recognition regulation due to take effect in April is expected to provide a major boost for the food supplements industry.

European Food Law Compliance and Enforcement

Chinese animal products face widespread import restrictions over Covid-19

As Covid-19 continues to spread in more countries, the impact between China and its trading partners is growing. According to the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Products and Animal By-Products (CFNA), a long list of countries has introduced new rules on imports of China’s agri products. These include Azerbaijan, Egypt, Pakistan, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Cameroon, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Turkey, Armenia, Italy, India, Indonesia and Jordan.

 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

“Predatory” marketing of junk food slammed for contribution to childhood obesity

A report published this week by the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the medical journal, the Lancet, condemns the advertising of unhealthy foods aimed at children which it says is fueling the childhood obesity crisis. The number of obese children and adolescents increased from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016 – an 11-fold increase, the report notes.

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Kyriakides backs harmonised EU front-of-pack nutrition label

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides backed a harmonised EU front-of-pack nutrition label in discussions with MEPs this week.

European Food Law Food Policy

Irish authority finds CBD products breach food law

A survey of 38 CBD products sold on the Iris market has been carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). The authority found that the majority of products analysed were in breach of various articles of food law and some posed potential safety risks for consumers.

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Commission leans to accepting traditional use for botanical health claims

The European Commission looks likely to propose that the EU accept a history of safe traditional use instead of scientific evidence to support botanical health claims when it publishes a staff working document on the issue sometime this Spring.

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Tax Policy

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NGOs want EU Farm to Fork strategy to tackle overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs

Twenty NGOs called on the European Commission to address the overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs as part of the EU’s new strategy to boost sustainable agrifood production.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Latvian parliament passes law to hike alcohol excise tax rates

Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, has voted to increase the country’s excise tax rates on alcohol starting on March 1st. The country’s lawmakers have decided to raise the levies by an average of 5 percent this year, and also by an average of 5 percent in 2021.

European Food Law Traceability & Supply Chain

Latvian government to discuss VAT cut on food products

The Latvian Ministry of Finance has collected proposals from other ministries as part of its work on the new tax policy guidelines for the years 2021 to 2025.

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Animal Welfare

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NGOs want EU Farm to Fork strategy to tackle overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs

Twenty NGOs called on the European Commission to address the overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs as part of the EU’s new strategy to boost sustainable agrifood production.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Farmers' union leader urges maintenance of high UK food standards

The UK’s food standards must be the benchmark for any future UK trade deal - and a Trade and Standards Commission should be created to ensure that food that does not meet UK regulations cannot be imported into Britain.

United Kingdom EU

NGO pushes for more pollinator-friendly agriculture

BeeLife, a European NGO working to protect the interests of bees and pollinators and to safeguard their role in farming systems, has released a new set of proposals for protecting the future of agriculture and pollinators in Europe.

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