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Food & Health Policy

Novel food law criticised over missing confidentiality rules

A draft implementing law to back up the 2015 novel foods regulation (NF - 2015/2083) that takes effect January 1 has garnered a storm of criticism because producer groups say it fails to protect business confidentiality.

 

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Ireland-UK trade in food “must not be delayed or impeded” by Brexit

The UK food industry has welcomed a newly published position paper by the UK government that proposes keeping the  310-mile border between the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland “frictionless and seamless” when the UK leaves the Customs Union. The UK also envisages an exemption for Northern Ireland’s food producers from EU sanitary and phytosanitary checks on the borderlands to the Republic.

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Poland moves to change “unclear” food VAT system

The Polish Ministry of Finance is considering modifying value-added tax (VAT) rates on food and non-alcoholic beverages by replacing the three existing rates of 5%, 8% and 23% with only two rates of 5% and 23%, respectively.

European Food Law

Analysis: French action on Bisphenol A and the EU response

To date Bisphenol A (BPA) remains a source of concern for authorities on both national and European level. To ensure the protection of human health on their territory, individual Member States - that do not consider BPA to be safe - have introduced restrictions on BPA, of which the French restrictions are the most far reaching. The legitimacy of these measures are being questioned. Beyond dispute, however, is that the lack of uniform national rules on BPA creates a lack of legal certainty for the industry and poses a threat to the objectives of the single market, writes Katia Merten-Lentz of international law firm, Keller & Heckman.

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Swedes propose that alcoholic frozen treats comply with same rules as alcoholic drinks

A Swedish investigative bureau’s report suggests that alcoholic frozen treats should comply with the same laws as alcoholic beverages. The bureau has been commissioned to submit proposals on how to regulate alcoholic ice cream and similar products.

European Food Law

Spain’s fruit and vegetable producers voice Brexit concerns

Spain’s Federation of Exporters of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants (FEPEX) said it is following “very closely” the negotiations between the European Commission and the United Kingdom on the terms of the UK's exit from the EU. Spanish exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to the UK were worth EUR1.76 billion euros and amounted to 1.5 million tonnes in 2016, up by 9% in value and 6% in volume from 2015.

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Norway introduces clearer salt content labelling

The Norwegian government has introduced new labelling for pre-packaged products which will make it easier to see how much salt a food product contains. The labelling scheme was necessary because Norwegians currently consume twice as much salt as they should.

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Health & Nutrition

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Weightloss product makers urge MEPs to reject law

The Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) Industry Group is urging MEPs to reject a proposed delegated act on total diet replacements (TDR) for weight control in an August 31 vote, arguing that the proposal is unnecessary, “unsubstantiated” and risks wiping these products off the market.

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Novel foods approval sought for South American chia seeds

A health food company is seeking approval under the EU novel foods regulation to market South American chia seeds in the EU on the basis that they are already “equivalent” to chia seeds grown in Australia which are already being marketed in Europe.

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Cereal makers accused of “deliberately” confusing shoppers on sugar amount with “deceptive labels”

Manufacturers of breakfast cereals in the UK have come under fire this week by campaign group Action on Sugar for "deliberately" confusing shoppers over the sugar content of their products. Action on Sugar says that the colour coding or “traffic light” labelling scheme is being used in differing ways across products, making consumers unsure whether some products contain unhealthy sugar levels.

European Food Law

Dupont cleared to buy FMC nutrition and health

The European Commission has given DuPont clearance to buy out FMC’s nutrition and health business provided it sells its crop protection businesses, but only if it sells off DuPont's global alginates business. Alginates are used as stabilising, thickening or gelling agents in food and pharmaceutical products.
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Norway introduces clearer salt content labelling

The Norwegian government has introduced new labelling for pre-packaged products which will make it easier to see how much salt a food product contains. The labelling scheme was necessary because Norwegians currently consume twice as much salt as they should.

European Food Law

EU to restrict vegetable oil and formula contaminant

The EU is to clamp down on the processing contaminant glycidyl esters (GE) in vegetable oils and fats, infant formula and follow-on formula in a draft Commission regulation due to be put to the European Parliament and Council for scrutiny in the autumn.

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Tax Policy

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Poland moves to change “unclear” food VAT system

The Polish Ministry of Finance is considering modifying value-added tax (VAT) rates on food and non-alcoholic beverages by replacing the three existing rates of 5%, 8% and 23% with only two rates of 5% and 23%, respectively.

European Food Law

Judgement awaited from UK Supreme Court on alcohol pricing

The drinks industry is awaiting the handing down of a judgement from the UK’s Supreme Court on whether Scotland will be permitted to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol to tackle problems related to excessive drinking.

European Food Law

Czech parliament rejects proposal to lower excise tax on beer

A group of Czech opposition MPs’ proposal to lower the basic rate of the excise tax on beer from CZK 32 (€1.23) to CZK 26.8 (€1.03) has been rejected in a third reading in the lower chamber of the Czech parliament. But it is backed by the leader of the party that is likely to win the forthcoming parliamentary election, so the measure may well return to the debating chambers.

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Pesticide-laced eggs put EU on alert as recall widens

A serious food safety scandal affecting egg producers in the Netherlands is threatening to take on a wider EU dimension as investigators close in on those responsible.
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UK vegans push climate change to encourage diet switch

The Vegan Society carried out a survey last month to gauge levels of awareness among the population about the link between agriculture and climate change. 

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Burger King changes policy on antibiotics

US fast food chain Burger King has committed to banning medically important antibiotics in chicken, a signal the movement of reducing medically important antibiotics in poultry production continues to gain speed.

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