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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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Andriukaitis confirms member states can set age limits for energy drink consumption

Member states can set a minimum age limit for energy drink consumption since public health is a national not Union matter, EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis made clear in response to a written question from Croatian Socialist MEP Biljana Borzan.
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ANSES warning on spirulina risks

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) is warning about potential risks linked to spirulina after several adverse events linked to supplements containing the substance were reported in France.
European Food Law Food Safety and Standards

German risk assessor warns on magnesium intake

The maximum daily level for magnesium in food supplements should not exceed 250 milligrams (mg), the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has said in a new assessment published this week.

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Commission updates EU’s high-risk import list

The EU’s high-risk import list of fruit and vegetables subject to stepped up border controls in an annex to a 2009 regulation (669/2009) has had its latest twice-yearly update. 
European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Veto of phosphates in kebabs law loses by three votes

A proposal to veto a draft regulation authorising phosphates in frozen vertical spit meat – doner kebabs – fell by just three votes in the European Parliament’s Strasbourg plenary on 13 December, meaning the Commission now has the green light to adopt the legislation.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Food industry makes official complaint against Italy over country-of-origin labelling

The food industry association, FoodDrinkEurope, has made an official complaint to the European Commission over Italy’s enactment of laws on origin labelling. The association alleges that Italy's national laws are against EU law and wants them repealed.

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Compliance & Enforcement

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Commission greenlights compensation for Belgian egg producers affected by fipronil

The Commission has authorised the Belgian government to compensate egg and poultry producers who have been economically impacted by the fipronil scandal this summer.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EU court says religious freedom not affected by slaughterhouse legislation

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said EU law that demands that ritual slaughter of animals without stunning is carried out in approved slaughterhouses does not infringe on the right to religious freedom.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU proposes new measures to tackle VAT fraud

The European Commission has proposed a number of measures to crack down on VAT fraud across the EU, including strengthening cooperation between member states.

 

European Food Law Economy and Finance

Insect bread goes on sale after Finland lifts ban

A Finnish bakery has introduced insect bread to several grocery stores in the country after Finland lifted its ban on selling insects as food earlier this month. Insect-based food can be expected to become more common fare in Europe from January 1st 2018, when the revised EU novel foods regulation enters force.

European Food Law Compliance and Enforcement

Vodka advert pulled down for showing people “acting like adolescents”

A vodka company that used people over the age of 24, as stipulated by the UK advertising code, in a Facebook commercial has still been told to remove the post because the models were behaving in an “adolescent” way.

European Food Law Advertising

Haribo says ethical standards “non-negotiable” amid slavery allegations

German sweets company Haribo has said it is “shocked and appalled” by allegations that Brazilian plantation workers producing raw ingredients for their products were facing conditions “similar to slavery”. The company said social and ethical labour standards “are non-negotiable as far as our suppliers, preliminary suppliers and their farms are concerned”.

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Packaging

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Plain packaging laws “major threat” to food and drink industry

Legislation introduced in the EU on the packaging of tobacco products could have a major impact on the food and drinks industry if such legislation was extended to the sector, a report out today claims.

European Food Law Advertising

EU member states propose legislative changes to tackle 'dual quality foods'

Amending packaging legislation and the establishment of a new code of conduct are two ways in which the European Commission can tackle the issue of so-called dual quality foods in the EU, according to member states at today’s (November 6) Agriculture Council meeting in Brussels. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Soil management, dual quality foodstuffs on November Farm Council agenda

EU agriculture ministers will discuss sustainable soil management practices at next week’s (November 6) Agriculture and Fisheries Council but the aim is not to restart the legislative process to have new rules in place, a Council source has said.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

New guidelines to step up food donation at EU level

The European Commission has adopted new steps to make food donation easier in the EU by clarifying relevant rules and helping lift barriers to food donations. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Cereal makers accused of “deliberately” confusing shoppers on sugar amount with “deceptive labels”

Manufacturers of breakfast cereals in the UK have come under fire this week by campaign group Action on Sugar for "deliberately" confusing shoppers over the sugar content of their products. Action on Sugar says that the colour coding or “traffic light” labelling scheme is being used in differing ways across products, making consumers unsure whether some products contain unhealthy sugar levels.

European Food Law

Romanian lawmakers eye UK-style food labelling regulations

A group of Romanian lawmakers has submitted a draft bill that would introduce a UK-style traffic light food labelling scheme.

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Additives

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Veto of phosphates in kebabs law loses by three votes

A proposal to veto a draft regulation authorising phosphates in frozen vertical spit meat – doner kebabs – fell by just three votes in the European Parliament’s Strasbourg plenary on 13 December, meaning the Commission now has the green light to adopt the legislation.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

BEUC urges MEPs to back phosphates in kebab ban

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has written to MEPs ahead of a crucial vote next week urging them to back a resolution to veto a law that would allow phosphate use in frozen vertical spit meat and making clear that it would not mean an EU ban on doner kebabs.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Fight over MEPs’ bid to outlaw phosphates in doner kebabs

Doner kebab producers and restaurants are fight back against a European Parliament resolution that they say could wipe the popular fast food off the menu in Europe.

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