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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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Centre right MEPs insist on science-based pesticide approvals

The European Parliament’s largest political group, the centre right European People’s Party (EPP), is demanding that the EU takes a science-based approach towards pesticide authorisation.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Belgium to cull four thousand pigs to prevent ASF spread

Belgium will announce in the coming days the culling of 4,000 pigs in the confined area following the discovery of nine boars suffering from African Swine Fever (ASF), the country’s federal minister has said.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Cell-cultured food could help solve climate problem, experts say

Delicious, affordable, cell- and plant-based meats that consumers trust may just solve the world’s largest climate problem, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Senior doctor calls for ban on the sale of energy drinks to children

A senior doctor has called for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children as the UK government currently consults on whether to implement such legislation.

Europe United Kingdom

Vilnius conference pushes blockchain benefits for food safety, traceability and logistics

Blockchain technology will increasingly be adopted by companies in the agri-food sector in the years to come, and will be essential to ensuring food and drink products flow smoothly between the UK and EU post-Brexit, a conference in Lithuania heard this week.

Traceability & Supply Chain Technology

Campaigners hit out at confidentiality rules in risk assessment revamp

The campaigners behind the Europe-wide petition that spawned proposed reforms to the EU risk assessment system at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), have criticised the Commission’s 11 April proposal as not going far enough, saying it would reduce rather than increase transparency due to confidentiality provisions for key parts of industry studies.

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Belgium to cull four thousand pigs to prevent ASF spread

Belgium will announce in the coming days the culling of 4,000 pigs in the confined area following the discovery of nine boars suffering from African Swine Fever (ASF), the country’s federal minister has said.

EU European Agricultural Policy

“Clear path” towards treaty to protect world’s oceans established

An intergovernmental conference on creating a legal framework to protect the exploitation of the world’s oceans foresees the preparation of a draft treaty during the first quarter of 2019.

 

International European Agricultural Policy

Parliament adopts resolution to curb antimicrobial resistance

The growing threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria can only be tackled through a holistic approach which makes the link between human and animal health, MEPs have said.

EU European Agricultural Policy

EU Parliament plenary overwhelmingly adopts draft on dual quality products

The European Parliament plenary has approved a resolution calling for an end to the sale of dual quality products across the EU, saying that they undermine the single market and discriminate among Europeans.

EU Additives

ComEnvi controversially scraps protection of non-EU food suppliers from UTPs opinion

In their adoption of a draft opinion on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the agri-food supply chain, the Parliament Environment Committee (ComEnvi) scrapped a clause referring to the protection of food suppliers outside the EU, the NGO Oxfam has remarked.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Agri-food organisations call for upcoming directive to include clear definition of UTPs

Key associations along the agri-food supply chain have called for the inclusion of a clear definition of unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the draft legislation under discussion to avoid possible legal loopholes.

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Vilnius conference pushes blockchain benefits for food safety, traceability and logistics

Blockchain technology will increasingly be adopted by companies in the agri-food sector in the years to come, and will be essential to ensuring food and drink products flow smoothly between the UK and EU post-Brexit, a conference in Lithuania heard this week.

Traceability & Supply Chain Technology

EU soft drinks industry pledges 100% recyclable bottles by 2025

Industry association, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, on 13 September committed to making all its plastic bottles 100% recyclable by 2025, with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles containing a minimum of 25% recycled content on average by the same date.

European Food Law Food Safety and Standards

Belgium to regulate metal food contact materials to fill gap in EU law

Belgium is planning to regulate metal food contact materials (FCM) laying down specific migration limits for different sorts of metals and contaminants to plug a gap in EU legislation.

European Food Law Food Policy

New EFSA opinion on BPA set for 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is set to produce a new scientific opinion on the safety of the controversial food contact material bisphenol A (BPA) in 2020, reviewing the temporary safe level set following its last full risk assessment in 2015.

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IEG Policy’s August Top 10: New GMO disclosure symbols, EU funds for drought-hit farmers

After courting controversy with its original designs, the USDA has submitted new symbols to certify whether or not a food contains bioengineered produce. Meanwhile, the EU will allow farmers to receive direct payments early to offset the damage caused by drought and high temperatures.

US Food Policy European Agricultural Policy

EU committee wants plastic drink containers to be at least 25% recycled material

The European Parliament’s ENVI committee has issued a draft report that seeks to ensure single-use plastic bottles are consigned to history with a demand that recycled plastic is used in all beverage containers in the future.

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Cell-cultured food could help solve climate problem, experts say

Delicious, affordable, cell- and plant-based meats that consumers trust may just solve the world’s largest climate problem, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Norway sends out warning about dietary supplements purchased online

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Customs Service has carried out a test of 70 supplements online and found some of them to contain ingredients hazardous to health.

 

Europe Norway

EU Parliament plenary overwhelmingly adopts draft on dual quality products

The European Parliament plenary has approved a resolution calling for an end to the sale of dual quality products across the EU, saying that they undermine the single market and discriminate among Europeans.

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