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Food Policy

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French plan to ban exports of non-EU approved pesticides delayed

The French National Assembly, the country's lower house of Parliament, has postponed by three years, a government move to ban the manufacture of agrochemicals that do not hold approval within the EU but are exported to countries outside the EU.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Any extension of Article 50 “must ensure more orderly Brexit”, says food industry

European food and agriculture organisations have today said that any extension of the Article 50 process by which the UK withdraws from the EU must “provide a more orderly withdrawal and therefore predictability to operators”

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Polish competition watchdog: private label limitation bill unlikely to be passed by current Parliament

Marek Niechciał, the president of Poland’s competition watchdog UOKiK, has said the bill designed to limit the capacity of large retailers to sell products under their private labels is unlikely to be adopted by the incumbent parliament.

European Food Law Poland

Detox not an approved health claim, Andriukaitis tells French MEP

The use of the term ‘detox’ on food labels or in advertisements, needs approval as a health claim in Europe, EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis made clear in responding to a question from a French MEP.

European Food Law Food Policy

Czech Republic to drop emergency checks on Polish beef

Czech Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman has provisionally agreed to drop emergency checks on Polish beef after Warsaw promised to put in place new measures to address concerns over food safety.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Cannabidiol - a trendy substance in a fuzzy regulatory landscape

Shops selling products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) are popping-up across Europe and raising questions about their legality, write Katia Merten-Lentz and Manon Ombredane of international law firm Keller & Heckman.

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Health & Nutrition

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French plan to ban exports of non-EU approved pesticides delayed

The French National Assembly, the country's lower house of Parliament, has postponed by three years, a government move to ban the manufacture of agrochemicals that do not hold approval within the EU but are exported to countries outside the EU.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Investigation launched into EU’s approvals of five pesticides

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has opened an inquiry into the EU approval process for five agrochemical active ingredients, and the use of the confirmatory data procedure (CDP), following two complaints from environmental group Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

UK planning 9 pm watershed on TV and online junk food ads

The UK is looking to tighten up its rules on the advertising of foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV and online through a 9 pm watershed.

European Food Law Advertising

EU needs to step up controls on internet food and supplement sales

A newly-published European Commission report shows EU member states need to step up controls on food products and supplements sold over the internet.

European Food Law Food Policy

Awareness of alcohol marketing linked to greater teen drinking

Researchers are questioning the UK’s self-regulatory approach to alcohol marketing after a large observational study showed medium to high awareness of alcohol marketing among UK teens is linked to increased consumption and a greater probability of ‘higher risk’ drinking among current drinkers, plus a greater likelihood of trying alcohol among those that have never drunk.

European Food Law Advertising

Kellogg’s advert “exaggerated” health benefits of breakfast cereal, watchdog rules

An advert for a Kellogg’s breakfast cereal misled consumers through the use of an authorised EU health claim related to folic acid, the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.

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Tax Policy

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Latvia expects to lower VAT on basic food products next year

Latvian Agriculture Minister Kaspars Gerhards has announced the country’s value-added tax (VAT) on a number of basic food products, including fresh meat, fish, milk, and eggs is expected to be lowered next year to 5%.

European Food Law Latvia

Slovak parliament to deliberate on bill to cut VAT on food

Andrej Danko, the speaker of the Slovak parliament and the leader of the co-ruling Slovak National Party (SNS), has announced his party will submit a bill to cut the value-added tax (VAT) on food products from the current rate of 20% to 10%.

European Food Law Europe

Wales to set minimum unit price for alcoholic drinks

Wales is planning to set a minimum unit price (MUP) for retail sales of alcoholic drinks to try and tackle problem drinking in the country.

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Animal Welfare

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EU report finds Croatia failing to protect welfare of cattle in transit

The European Commission’s latest report on the welfare of livestock transported to non-EU countries makes uncomfortable reading for Croatia, where large numbers of animals are put on ships to the Middle East.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

New tracing system pegs 2018 EU organic food imports at over 3mt

The European Union imported some 3.258 million tonnes of organic products in 2018, with China ranking as the leading supplier (by volume) of organic goods to the EU market.

Organics Food Policy

Animal welfare group says chicken welfare “cannot be ignored”

Animal welfare group, the RSPCA, said today that about one billion chickens in the UK live in “unacceptable conditions” and urged the country’s leading supermarkets to make greater efforts to raise standards.

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