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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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'No-deal' Brexit could hit Denmark for billions in lost meat sales

Denmark’s meat sector will face a tough period of adjustment if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement. With lost sales to the UK likely to run into the billions, two new reports suggest adapting will be difficult – but not impossible – for Danish exporters.

Brexit Trade Agreements

Australia's border guards uncover ASF in travellers' meat products

Biosecurity checks on 152 meat products at entrance points into Australia found six which were contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

French authority disputes court ruling that said it erred when assessing glyphosate product

The French food safety agency, the Anses, has contested the finding of the French Administrative Court in Lyon that the agency made an error of assessment by approving Bayer legacy company Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup Pro 360 (glyphosate).

Europe France

EFSA to share data on open-access platform

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has pledged to publish the scientific data it uses for EU-wide monitoring programmes, surveys and many of its risk assessments on its Knowledge Junction platform.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Consumer group urges Commission to heed auditors’ call to close regulatory gaps

Consumer organisation, BEUC, is calling on the Commission to close regulatory gaps in EU food law identified in a January 15 report from the European Court of Auditors.

European Food Law Additives

Many Norwegians not willing to change eating habits to decrease environmental footprint

A study carried out by Oslo Met University researchers found that Norwegians are generally not willing to change their eating habits in order to decrease their environmental footprint. Men are especially unwilling to make a change here.

European Food Law Norway
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Compliance & Enforcement

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Australia's border guards uncover ASF in travellers' meat products

Biosecurity checks on 152 meat products at entrance points into Australia found six which were contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

French authority disputes court ruling that said it erred when assessing glyphosate product

The French food safety agency, the Anses, has contested the finding of the French Administrative Court in Lyon that the agency made an error of assessment by approving Bayer legacy company Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup Pro 360 (glyphosate).

Europe France

German risk assessor rejects plagiarism charge in glyphosate assessment

The German federal institute for risk assessment, the BfR, has rejected accusations of deliberate deception while defending itself against a report claiming “plagiarism and super-ordinated copy and paste” in its assessment of the herbicide, glyphosate.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

UK agricultural organisations warn against the “catastrophic” fallouts of a no-deal Brexit

Agricultural organisations in the UK are becoming increasingly mobilized to warn the country's government of the grave dangers of a no-deal scenario on Brexit.

EU European Agricultural Policy

US eyes agriculture, food safety in objectives for EU trade talks

Agriculture and food safety are among the topics the US wants included in free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union (EU), despite the EU's reluctance, according to negotiating objectives released late last week by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Japanese BSE ban lifted on British beef and lamb

Japan is to lift a BSE-related ban on imports of British beef and lamb, a move the UK government says should be worth £127 million over five years.

Asia Pacific Japan
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Packaging

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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

Nestlé speeds up shift from single-use plastic

Nestlé has stepped up its efforts to tackle plastic waste and meet its goal of make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, unveiling what it called a “broader vision and action plan.”

European Food Law US Food Policy

Austria tackled plastic waste but failed to address agriculture pollution, NGO finds

An assessment of the environmental performance of the Austrian Council Presidency concludes that it made strides on addressing plastic litter and some climate actions but fell short in making progress on the CAP reform and tackling water pollution.

Austria EU

EU bans phthalates but not in food contact materials nor agricultural uses

The EU is banning four phthalates in consumer goods from July 2020, adding to pressure to clamp down on the remaining food contact material (FCM) applications, such as seals on glass jars.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Lithuania to ban kids’ mocktails or champagne-like drinks

Lithuania is planning on banning companies from producing or selling soft drinks, foods, toys or any other goods aimed at children and teenagers that imitate alcoholic drinks or their packaging.

European Food Law Advertising

EU negotiators clinch deal on single use plastic restrictions

European Parliament and Council negotiators ended weeks of talks in the early hours of Wednesday (December 19) morning by striking a deal on the proposed single use plastics directive.

European Food Law US Food Policy
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Additives

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Consumer group urges Commission to heed auditors’ call to close regulatory gaps

Consumer organisation, BEUC, is calling on the Commission to close regulatory gaps in EU food law identified in a January 15 report from the European Court of Auditors.

European Food Law Additives

EU auditors find European food safety system “overstretched”

The European Court of Auditors has issued a damning report on the EU food safety system finding regulators responsible for checking compliance with differing chemical limits, ranging from pesticides, through contaminants, to additives, “overstretched.”

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Food Flavourings

Core legislative framework: Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008

Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on flavourings and certain food ingredients with flavouring properties for use in and on foods, and amending Regulation (EC) No 1601/91 of the Council (repealed by Regulation (EU) 251/2014), Regulations (EC) No 2232/96 (repealed by Regulation (EU) 872/2012) and (EC) No 110/2008 and Directive 2000/13/EC (repealed by Regulation (EU) 1169/2011), provides for the establishment of a Community list of authorised flavourings, conditions for their use and labelling rules.

European Food Law Eurofood Monitor
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