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Food & Health Policy

Food Policy

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Centre right MEPs insist on science-based pesticide approvals

The European Parliament’s largest political group, the centre right European People’s Party (EPP), is demanding that the EU takes a science-based approach towards pesticide authorisation.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Croatian government drafts amended VAT law to lower tax rate on food products

The Croatian government has submitted a draft amended value-added tax (VAT) law to the country’s parliament.

Europe Croatia

Cell-cultured food could help solve climate problem, experts say

Delicious, affordable, cell- and plant-based meats that consumers trust may just solve the world’s largest climate problem, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Senior doctor calls for ban on the sale of energy drinks to children

A senior doctor has called for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children as the UK government currently consults on whether to implement such legislation.

Europe United Kingdom

Campaigners hit out at confidentiality rules in risk assessment revamp

The campaigners behind the Europe-wide petition that spawned proposed reforms to the EU risk assessment system at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), have criticised the Commission’s 11 April proposal as not going far enough, saying it would reduce rather than increase transparency due to confidentiality provisions for key parts of industry studies.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Lithuanian government to boost competition in retail sector

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has announced plans by his government to develop a number of measures to stimulate competition between the country’s big retailers, aiming to reduce food prices, and limit the impact of large retail chains on Lithuania’s food sector.

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Health & Nutrition

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Belgium to cull four thousand pigs to prevent ASF spread

Belgium will announce in the coming days the culling of 4,000 pigs in the confined area following the discovery of nine boars suffering from African Swine Fever (ASF), the country’s federal minister has said.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Senior doctor calls for ban on the sale of energy drinks to children

A senior doctor has called for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children as the UK government currently consults on whether to implement such legislation.

Europe United Kingdom

Norwegian sugar tax boosts Swedish border alcohol sales

Never before have Sweden’s Systembolaget border alcohol stores sold as many alcoholic drinks as they do now, with sales up by 8.9% over last year and Norway’s sugar tax thought to be the main cause.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

GM maize treated with glyphosate does not cause cancer, EFSA conference told

Genetically modified maize treated with glyphosate did not show any significant risk-related features, a scientist from the German Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food told a major scientific conference this week.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Norway sends out warning about dietary supplements purchased online

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Customs Service has carried out a test of 70 supplements online and found some of them to contain ingredients hazardous to health.

 

Europe Norway

Swedish regulator asks industry to reduce salt in ready-made meals

The Swedish National Food Agency is making a public plea to food producers in the country to reduce the amount of salt included in ready-made meals.

Europe Sweden
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Tax Policy

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Croatian government drafts amended VAT law to lower tax rate on food products

The Croatian government has submitted a draft amended value-added tax (VAT) law to the country’s parliament.

Europe Croatia

Luxembourg did not give illegal tax sweetener deal to McDonald’s, Commission rules

After nearly three years of investigation, the European Commission has ruled that Luxembourg did not breach EU state aid rules in giving McDonald’s tax breaks on some profits, since it did not give the company a selective advantage over competitors and the sweetener deal was in line with both national law and a double taxation treaty with the US.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Norwegian sugar tax boosts Swedish border alcohol sales

Never before have Sweden’s Systembolaget border alcohol stores sold as many alcoholic drinks as they do now, with sales up by 8.9% over last year and Norway’s sugar tax thought to be the main cause.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Animal Welfare

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Belgium to cull four thousand pigs to prevent ASF spread

Belgium will announce in the coming days the culling of 4,000 pigs in the confined area following the discovery of nine boars suffering from African Swine Fever (ASF), the country’s federal minister has said.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Cell-cultured food could help solve climate problem, experts say

Delicious, affordable, cell- and plant-based meats that consumers trust may just solve the world’s largest climate problem, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Brazil boosts inspection to avoid African Swine Fever

Brazil is to step up inspection at borders to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF), which has been rapidly spreading in Europe, Asia and Africa.
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