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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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Closing date nears for Commission consultation on phthalate use in food contact materials

The closing date for a European Commission survey on the use of phthalates (esters of phthalic acid) in food contact materials (FCMs) is looming.

European Food Law Food Policy

Production of imitation Italian cheese overtakes originals, Italian farmers report

Global production of non-original Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses has surpassed the production volume of Italian originals thanks to the spread of imitations across all continents.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Government backs UK committee on labelling of vegetarian products

Calling vegetarian foods “sausages” or “burgers” is not a misleading practice, a UK minister has said this week, backing the opinion of a Parliamentary committee that looked into the matter earlier this year.



European Food Law Food Policy

Breakthrough Brexit deal offers hope to agri-food sector – but fears still persist

The United Kingdom has finally reached agreement with the EU on revised terms for its departure from the Union, and on the basis of its subsequent future partnership. But as things stand, there is still no certainty as to whether any of the provisions agreed will actually come into effect as planned at the end of this month – or at all.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Drinks industry faces sizeable losses from plain packaging regulations, finds report

The global beverages industry could experience a value loss of around USD430.8 billion if plain packaging regulations are extended to cover its products worldwide, according to the findings of a new report that explores the potential global ramifications of new plain packaging restrictions on alcohol, sugary drinks, confectionery and salty snack products.



European Food Law US Food Policy

European Commission plans food safety research platform

The European Commission has launched a call for tenders to run a future EU research and innovation platform on food safety.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Compliance & Enforcement

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US gets final approval for up to $7.5 billion in duties on EU goods

New US tariffs on scores of European Union (EU) goods with a value of up to $7.5 billion annually – stemming from a dispute over EU subsidies to aircraft manufacturer Airbus – were formally greenlighted during a special October 14 session of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

EU targets 20 of the most threatening plant pests

The European Commission has targeted the 20 most problematic plant pests in the EU to help member states better protect the environment, their agriculture sectors and citizens.

EU European Food Law

Blockchain could improve accountability in food supply chain, Commission finds

Blockchain applications could be used to detect fraudulent products, certify Geographical Indications and even reduce food waste, the European Commission’s research service has found.

International European Agricultural Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: US-EU trade tensions rise, Wojciechowski fluffs his lines, Bayer admits glyphosate ‘low point’

Following a decision by an independent World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitrator that the United States can impose retaliatory measures worth $7.5 billion over subsidies provided by the EU to Airbus, the US Trade Representative (USTR) will hit selected European food products with a 25% import duty from October 18.

Biofuels CAP

Bayer continues to defend glyphosate in cancer lawsuits

Bayer is prepared to use all appeal options in the glyphosate-cancer lawsuits against the company, but would also consider a settlement if that proves to be less costly, a board member has said.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Commission unveils new poultry welfare reference centre

The European Commission has chosen a consortium of organisations to set up a new reference centre for the welfare of poultry and other small farmed animals.

Animal Welfare Farm Policy & Programs
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Packaging

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Closing date nears for Commission consultation on phthalate use in food contact materials

The closing date for a European Commission survey on the use of phthalates (esters of phthalic acid) in food contact materials (FCMs) is looming.

European Food Law Food Policy

Drinks industry faces sizeable losses from plain packaging regulations, finds report

The global beverages industry could experience a value loss of around USD430.8 billion if plain packaging regulations are extended to cover its products worldwide, according to the findings of a new report that explores the potential global ramifications of new plain packaging restrictions on alcohol, sugary drinks, confectionery and salty snack products.



European Food Law US Food Policy

Polish opposition bloc aims to remove plastic bags, lift Sunday shopping ban

Poland’s largest opposition bloc Civic Coalition (KO) has vowed it will aim to fully eliminate plastic bags, should it win the country’s forthcoming parliamentary election.

European Food Law Poland

Partners sought to develop food packaging that can be digested by animals

An organisation called the Animal Digestible Food Packaging (ADFP) Initiative is seeking government and industry partners to develop technology it believes could help solve the dual challenges of food waste and litter, making packaging into a resource rather than a liability.

European Food Law US Food Policy

BPA moves closer to a ban as ECHA recommends authorisation procedure

The controversial food contact material, bisphenol A (BPA), moved one step closer to a ban on October 1 as the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recommended that it be added to the authorisation list under the EU’s REACH chemicals regulation.

European Food Law Food Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Pressure builds on FDA over CBD, US-Japan trade deal, CAP transition

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming under increasing pressure to be more proactive in establishing a clear regulatory framework for cannabidiol (CBD) foods and supplements – but law makers and industry stake holders appear divided on the next steps.

Additives CAP
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Additives

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EFSA consults on plans for sweeteners exposure assessment

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is consulting on its plans for an upcoming assessment of sweetener exposure, which is part of a re-evaluation process for food additives.

European Food Law Additives

Children’s drinks on sale in Belgium ranking D or E with Nutri-Score

Belgian consumer group, Test-Achats, found 40% of drinks in small cartons and bottles likely to be put in schoolbags would be labelled with a D or E when graded by the Nutri-Score system, the official but voluntary nutrition label in Belgium.

European Food Law Additives

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Pressure builds on FDA over CBD, US-Japan trade deal, CAP transition

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming under increasing pressure to be more proactive in establishing a clear regulatory framework for cannabidiol (CBD) foods and supplements – but law makers and industry stake holders appear divided on the next steps.

Additives CAP
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