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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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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

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.

European Food Law Europe

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.

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Compliance & Enforcement

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OECD-EUIPO report says 6.8% of EU imports fake

A staggering 6.8% of goods imported into the EU are counterfeit, up from 5% in 2013, according to a joint report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

UK's plans to drop tariffs “could breach WTO rules”, EU farm chief says

The UK’s plans to drop import tariffs on goods entering Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic in the event of a no deal Brexit could breach international trade law, Phil Hogan, the EU’s Commissioner for Agriculture, has warned.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU control system for organic products has improved, auditors find

The control system for organic production in the EU has improved in recent years, but there are still shortcomings in the national supervision of compliance and on product traceability, the European Court of Auditors has found.

EU European Agricultural Policy

European Parliament approves new EU rules to tackle unfair trading practices

Members of the European Parliament have endorsed a new set of rules aimed at protecting small agri-food companies against trade malpractices imposed by larger entities up the food chain.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Coca-Cola charged with breaching children’s advertising guidelines in Norway

The food industry advertising watchdog in Norway, MFU, has charged Coca-Cola Norway with violating its marketing guidelines. The violation is connected to the company’s “CokeTV” YouTube channel content.

European Food Law Norway

Artificial Intelligence more likely to transform agri-food sector than blockchain, MEPs hear

Digital technologies have a great potential to help farmers and food chain actors deal with their main challenges, but some applications will have a lot more impact than others, members of the European Parliament heard today. 

EU European Agricultural Policy
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Packaging

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Germany sets out strategy to halve food waste by 2030

The German government is seeking to curb food waste through a range of voluntary measures and funding for research into ‘intelligent packaging’ methods.

Germany European Agricultural Policy

Food waste costs Italy almost 1% of its GDP, new research found

Food waste in Italy accounts for almost one percentage point of the gross domestic product of the whole country.

EU European Agricultural Policy

MEPs back throwaway plastics restrictions

A key European Parliament committee has given the green light to a package of measures designed to clamp down on single use plastics, including a ban on expanded polystyrene fast food containers.

European Food Law Food Policy

Food waste in Norway found to be decreasing significantly

Norway appears to be on top of the food waste problem with a survey finding a 13% decrease in waste between 2015-2017. This has come after a 14% decline in food waste between 2010 and 2015.

European Food Law Norway

Member states back single use plastics restrictions

EU member states have given the green light to the deal struck with the European Parliament last month to crack down on single use plastics in a January 18 meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper).

European Food Law Food Policy

UK proposes restrictions on the use of food and drink promotions

The UK government has proposed new rules that would restrict retailers from using promotions of food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS), such as “buy one get one free”.

European Food Law Europe
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Additives

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EFSA backs safety of colouring annatto E

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has handed down a positive opinion on the safety of the colouring annatto E (E160 b), after assessing new mutagenicity data.

European Food Law Food Policy

EFSA comes out against tenfold increase in ethyl lauroyl arginate limit and 20 additional uses

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) Panel on has come out against a request to increase the current acceptable daily intake (ADI) for ethyl lauroyl arginate (E 243) to 5 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight (mg/kg bw) – 10 times the current limit of 0.5 mg/kg bw.

European Food Law Additives

France seeks information on nanomaterials in food

The French food safety agency, ANSES, is calling for information about the use of nanomaterials on food.

European Food Law France
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