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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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Palm oil body reinstates Nestle's membership

Swiss food and drinks giant Nestlé's membership in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been reinstated after the company submitted a new action plan.

International European Food Law

EFSA revamps chemical hazards database

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on 19 July that it had just added a further 321 substances to its OpenFoodTox database on chemical hazards, bringing the total listed up to over 4,750, as part of the latest overhaul.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Polish parliament amends milk and dairy products market law

The Sejm, the lower chamber of the Polish parliament, has passed an amended law on the domestic milk and dairy products market which introduces a number of changes to the functioning of local milk producers and dairy products makers and their regulatory obligations. Among others, the legislation identifies new control authorities for Polish industry players and imposes new reporting requirements on local entities.

Europe Poland

Ferrero cleared of advertising HFSS food to children

Ferrero has come under scrutiny for a range of social media posts that promoted its chocolate spread, Nutella. However, the company has not been found to have breached rules related to the advertising of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) to children.

Europe United Kingdom

Liquorice sweet returns to Norwegian shelves after legislative update

Since the 2012 EU tobacco convention raised the age limit for tobacco sales and products that reminded people of tobacco products to 18 years of age, stores were also ordered to hide the products in stores – including the popular “liquorice pipe” sweet in Norway. Now a recent update of this act means a reintroduction of liquorice pipes on store shelves.

Europe Norway

EU authorises DSM’s hen egg white lysozyme hydrolysate as a novel food

DSM Nutritional Products Ltd’s hen egg white lysozyme hydrolysate has been authorised in the EU as a novel food for use in supplements.

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Compliance & Enforcement

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Commission urges private sector and businesses to get ready for all scenarios on Brexit

The European Commission has, for the first time, explicitly urged private actors, businesses and professionals to get ready for “all outcomes of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.”
European Agricultural Policy Compliance and Enforcement

Firms engaged in palm-oil-related deforestation use shadow companies to dodge commitments - report

Agribusiness multinationals are using shady corporate structures to gain access to palm oil sourced from plantations operating in breach of their sustainability commitments, according to a new report.

EU European Agricultural Policy

MEPs and NGOs demand EU rules on child labour, deforestation in coffee and cocoa

The European Commission should draft mandatory rules to tackle child labour and deforestation in the cocoa and coffee sectors, after years of voluntary action have failed to spur widespread change, parliamentarians and NGOs have declared.

EU Côte d'Ivoire

Parliament committee adopts report on dual quality food practices

A product sold in the EU under the same brand and packaging should have the same composition throughout the bloc, a new Parliament report states.

EU European Agricultural Policy

MEP De Castro presents report on unfair trading practices

The European directive to tackle unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the agri-food supply chain should include all agriculture products as well as animal feeds and all kinds of suppliers, a report by the European Parliament has proposed.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Austria aims to remove fear factor from whistle-blowers on UTPs

The Austrian Presidency will work towards removing the “fear factor” from farmers so that they will be able to anonymously lodge complaints related to abusive trading practices, according to an Austrian politician.
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Packaging

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Calls for upcoming phthalates ban to include food contact materials

Pressure is on for the EU to extend a future ban on four phthalates to food contact materials after member states in the REACH (chemicals regulation) committee on 11 July unanimously backed a proposal restricting them in other uses, but with a controversial waiver for agriculture.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Parliament committee adopts report on dual quality food practices

A product sold in the EU under the same brand and packaging should have the same composition throughout the bloc, a new Parliament report states.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Demand “growing” for food packaging that meets religious guidelines

Europe and North America are seeing growing demands for food packaging to be certified according to religious guidelines, as well as the food itself, a food packaging specialist says.

Europe European Food Law

Romanian parliament amends food waste law

The Romanian parliament has voted to amend the country’s food waste law, making its rules no longer mandatory for local retailers, but instead introducing tax incentives for entities that donate food within the last 10 days before its expiry date. 

Europe Romania

Mondelez’ Cadbury breaches rules on advertising of junk food to children

Confectionary company Cadbury, a subsidiary of Mondelez, has breached new rules which are designed to restrict the advertising of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) to children. Cadbury, and two other companies, have fallen foul this week of the rules that were introduced a year ago.

 

Europe United Kingdom

UK restaurants urged to review plastic use

The Sustainable Restaurant Association has published a guide on how to reduce plastic use in restaurants across the UK in light of rising customer awareness about the damage caused by plastic to life in the world’s oceans.

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Additives

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EFSA revamps chemical hazards database

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on 19 July that it had just added a further 321 substances to its OpenFoodTox database on chemical hazards, bringing the total listed up to over 4,750, as part of the latest overhaul.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Germany and Korea link up to study contaminants in daily diet

An ambitious study by German scientists to analyse the health effects of contaminants in food on the general population will source experience from Korea where so-called “Total Diet Studies” (TDS) have been carried out since 2000.

Europe Asia Pacific

Codex to work on nutrition labels, sets new limits on contaminants

The 41st meeting of the UN’s Codex Alimentarius Commission this month set new limits for methylmercury found in fish and a naturally occurring contaminant found in chocolate. It also agreed to undertake new work on simplified nutrition labelling.

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