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Food & Health Policy

Food Policy

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EU tightens up limits on perchlorate in food

The EU has set tight new limits on the endocrine disrupting chemical perchlorate in fresh produce, teas, infant formula and baby food.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Europe’s top users of glyphosate identified in new research

A survey conducted by agricultural scientists has identified which EU member states are most dependent on glyphosate.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Spanish food industry draws up COVID recovery plan

Spain’s Food and Drink Industry Federation (FIAB), which represents the Spanish food and beverage industry, has prepared a Competitiveness Plan designed to help the sector with a series of measures aimed at reactivating economic activity lost during the COVID-19 health crisis.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

US study shows low-dose effects of BPA

A US government-funded study has shown bisphenol A (BPA) can produce effects even at low doses as the controversial food packaging chemical displays a non-monotonic dose-response curve, challenging standard toxicological practice and raising question marks about the studies used to back regulated product safety.

European Food Law US Food Policy

EFSA gives safety clearance for GM oilseed rape

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a positive assessment of genetically modified MS11 oilseed rape for use in the production of hybrid seed.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Italy unveils new label for infant food products

Italy's ministry of agriculture, food and forestry policies (Mipaaf) presented a new national safety seal/mark for infant food products in a ceremony attended by Kraft Heinz representatives, in Rome on May 12.

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Health & Nutrition

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Commission eyes plant products law to cover botanical claims and safety issues

The European Commission is considering producing an EU plant products law on both botanical food supplements and herbal medicines, covering health and nutrition claims and safety.

European Food Law Food Policy

F2F strategy backs green and healthy eating taxes

Tax breaks should be used to push Europe towards a sustainable food system and consumers to healthy diets, the European Commission’s ground-breaking Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy argues.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

COVID-19 cases uncover precarious conditions for Romanian agri-food workers abroad

There are serious problems with the working conditions for Romanian farm labourers in Germany, which authorities have failed to address for years, Romania’s labour minister has said.

Romania Germany

Commission commits to mandatory FOP nutrition and origin labelling plus nutrient profiles

Unveiling the much-anticipated Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy May 20, the European Commission pledged to propose a mandatory EU front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition label, extend origin labelling requirements and bring in nutrient profiles to prevent foods high in fat, sugar or salt from bearing nutrition and health claims.

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EU meat and dairy groups outline criteria for harmonised labelling

European meat and dairy trade groups have said uncoordinated nutrition labelling schemes across the EU pose a commercial risk to the single market and outlined what a harmonised version should contain.

EU European Agricultural Policy

COVID-19: Brazil says 42 meat plants suspended operations in April

As COVID-19 outbreaks continue to disrupt meat operations around the world, new figures from Brazil show that 42 of the country’s meat plants suspended operations at some stage during April.

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Tax Policy

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Bill to reduce tax on infant food to be introduced in Lithuania "to support families through COVID crisis"

Rasa Budbergytė, the head of the opposition Lithuanian Social Democratic Party’s (LSDP) faction in the Seimas, the country’s unicameral parliament, has announced her party is planning to submit a draft bill that is to reduce the value-added tax (VAT) rate on infant food products to 9 percent.

European Food Law Coronavirus

F2F strategy backs green and healthy eating taxes

Tax breaks should be used to push Europe towards a sustainable food system and consumers to healthy diets, the European Commission’s ground-breaking Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy argues.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Sustainability Focus – What should a green agri-food recovery look like?

The coronavirus pandemic has sent shock waves across the world’s economy and policymakers have so far responded with a focus on financial stability, but different food system experts fear this will limit a green recovery of the agri-food system.

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Animal Welfare

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European Commission launches Farm to Fork Strategy with four key targets

Today (20 May), the European Commission launched its Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy, which aims to drive more sustainable food consumption and production in the EU.

EU Coronavirus

Food and Ag Policy Briefing: Aid call for animal “depopulation”, remote audits may continue post-COVID, Europe prepares re-opening

The White House Administration was being lobbied last week to provide aid to livestock producers to dispose of – or “depopulate” - healthy animals who are not being otherwise slaughtered because meat plants have been closed by the COVID pandemic.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

The UK Agriculture Bill: When does a landmark become an eyesore?

The new UK Agriculture Bill, which was this week presented to Parliament for its report stage and third reading in the House of Commons, portends the transformation of the UK landscape and the carefully nurtured relationships that have defined what we see, what we value across our landscape,  what we eat and our health, writes Howard Williams.

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