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Food & Health Policy

Food Policy

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Industry welcomes UK election result as “end of sea of uncertainty”

UK food and agriculture organisations appeared to be breathing a collective sigh of relief this morning following a clear victory by the Conservative Party in the UK elections last night. However, some are looking anxiously to the work ahead to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement with the EU and the slim timeframe in which to achieve it.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

New food Commissioner talks up plan on food waste, sustainability

The EU’s new health and food safety Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, has said she aims to make “strong and concrete” progress on reducing food waste to help Europe meet its domestic and global sustainability commitments as well as pushing for a more sustainable food system.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU action on NBTs excluded from Green Deal initiative

A commitment to take action on the regulation of new breeding techniques (NBTs) in plants is no longer included in the European Commission’s “Green Deal” initiative launched in December, but the aim to reduce pesticide use has been given greater emphasis.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Labelling foods with exercise needed to burn off the calorie content could cut obesity

Labelling food and drink with the amount and type of exercise needed to burn off the calories in it might be a more effective way of encouraging people to make healthier dietary choices, according to a study published online in the “Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health”.

European Food Law US Food Policy

EU Commission slammed for refusing access to bee guidance docs

The European Commission is guilty of maladministration by refusing to disclose details of discussions with EU member states on updating guidance for accessing agrochemical effects on bees, says European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

ECHA developing guidance on biocide risk to pollinators

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on December 11 that it is starting to starting to develop guidance to assess the risk to bees and other arthropod pollinators from the use of biocides.

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Health & Nutrition

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UK reports first avian flu outbreak since 2017

Avian flu has been detected in the UK for the first time in more than two years.

United Kingdom European Agricultural Policy

New food safety assessment tool developed to assess listeriosis risk

New research funded by the Frozen Food Foundation has helped in the development of a modeling tool to assist the frozen food industry with understanding and managing listeriosis risks.

 

European Food Law US Food Policy

Labelling foods with exercise needed to burn off the calorie content could cut obesity

Labelling food and drink with the amount and type of exercise needed to burn off the calories in it might be a more effective way of encouraging people to make healthier dietary choices, according to a study published online in the “Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health”.

European Food Law US Food Policy

EU consumers expected to eat less meat, but not by much

Meat consumption is expected to fall slightly in the EU over the coming decade as lower demand for beef and pork outweighs a rise for poultry.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Russian soft drinks producers to reduce sugar and restrict advertising

Leading Russian soft drinks producers and global companies and supporting the initiative of the Russian Union of Producers of Soft Drinks and Mineral Waters to reduce sugar content and the size of their products sold in the Russian market.

European Food Law Russian Federation

Sugary drinks tax in Saudi Arabia comes into force

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Zakat and Income Tax (GAZT) imposition of a 50% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages has kicked off this month.

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Tax Policy

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Farmers set for active role in European Green Deal, says new EU Agriculture Commissioner

The European Green Deal will be a key priority for the EU in the coming years and farming will have a big role in making it a reality, according to Janusz Wojciechowski, the new Commissioner for Agriculture.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Sugary drinks tax in Saudi Arabia comes into force

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Zakat and Income Tax (GAZT) imposition of a 50% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages has kicked off this month.

European Food Law Saudi Arabia

France and EU vow to retaliate against US tariffs on champagne and cheese

The European Commission has said the EU will “act as one” if the US follows up on its threat to impose new tariffs on French agri-food products.

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Animal Welfare

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EU agriculture policy diary (December 16-20): CAP reform progress and transition vote

The Council and the European Parliament will wrap up some important policy debates and votes in the week before the Christmas break.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Over 30 civil organisations demand emission targets in EU’s new food strategy

The F2F strategy will only address the sustainability challenges facing the EU’s agrifood sector if it has a range of ambitious targets, including one to reduce emissions in agriculture, civil society organisations (CSOs) have warned.

EU European Agricultural Policy

UK commits decisively to Brexit as Johnson wins election

The United Kingdom is on course finally to leave the EU on January 31, following a decisive victory for prime minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in Thursday’s UK General Election.

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