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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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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

EU approves insect pheromone to protect grapevines

The insect pheromone, lavandulyl senecioate, from US biopesticide company Suterra (Bend, Oregon), has received formal EU approval as a “low-risk” active ingredient. 

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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Compliance & Enforcement

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EU approves insect pheromone to protect grapevines

The insect pheromone, lavandulyl senecioate, from US biopesticide company Suterra (Bend, Oregon), has received formal EU approval as a “low-risk” active ingredient. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

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

MEPs object to proposal to approve GM soybean

The European Commission should withdraw its proposal to approve a genetically modified triple- stack soybean line, says the European Parliament.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Agri-food corporations join international call for green recovery

Over 150 major multinationals have urged governments to make sure that their COVID-19 economic aid supports the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

EU Coronavirus

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.

EU Coronavirus

European Parliament calls for fraud-boosting measures to help farmers

MEPs called for a ceiling on EU subsidies and a real-time IT information system to protect Union funds from fraud and distribute Europe’s agricultural and cohesion funding more fairly and transparently, in a vote clearing the European Commission’s 2018 accounts.

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Packaging

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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

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

EU’s Farm to Fork strategy must reflect COVID-19’s economic impact, agri-food sector says

Europe’s main food and drink trade group said the delay to the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy caused by the coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to refocus the proposed policy on economic sustainability.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Food and drink cans must be seen as essential during COVID-19 crisis, say makers

Europe’s metal packaging manufacturers are calling on the European Commission and individual member states to recognise their sector as essential and ensure the uninterrupted flow of critical goods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

European Food Law Coronavirus

Spirits and soft drinks makers join EU glass recycling pact

People can enjoy a spirit and mixer in future knowing that the glass bottles used are not going to harm the environment as both Europe’s spirits and soft drinks makers have signed up to an EU-wide glass collection and recycling platform set up by the glass production industry.

European Food Law Food Policy

EFSA calls for more data as safety concerns grow about BPA alternative BPS

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is calling for more data on the use of bisphenol S (BPS) in plastic food contact materials (FCM) as well as on its occurrence and migration into food as concerns grow about the safety of the chemical seen as an alternative to bisphenol A (BPA).

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Additives

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EU GMO rules “could create Vitamin B2 deficiency” in pig and poultry diets

The European Commission has rejected calls to temporarily relax a ban on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in organic livestock despite warnings that this could lead to a deficit of Vitamin B2 for pig and poultry diets.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EFSA advises on request to include all 60 steviol glycosides in EU specifications

PureCircle’s application to include all 60 steviol glycosides identified in the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni in EU specifications for the sweetener has had the scientific green light from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

European Food Law Additives

EFSA call for data on xanthan gum (E 415) use, especially in infant formula

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a call for data on use of xanthan gum (E 415) in formula aimed at babies up to 16 weeks old as well as in areas where information is lacking, so it can complete a risk assessment on the food additive.

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