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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

Set Alert for Food Safety and Standards

German supermarket introduces method of production labelling

German supermarket chain, Lidl, has introduced a new labelling system that gives consumers a quick way of assessing how high the standards are in the production of its' fresh meat range.


Germany European Food Law

EFSA green light for novel shrimp peptide concentrate for supplements

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given the green light to an application for novel food approval of a shrimp peptide concentrate, meaning the Commission can now authorise the ingredient for use in supplements.

European Food Law Food Policy

Scotland aims to halve childhood obesity by 2030 with action on junk food marketing

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced plans to halve obesity by 2030 in a strategy that will include tackling junk food promotions.

Europe United Kingdom

Specialist food makers unveil gluten free labelling guidance

Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) published gluten free labelling guidelines to celebrate International Coeliac Day on 16 May.

European Food Law Allergens

Advert claiming milk linked to cancer is banned

An advertisement that appeared on buses in the UK promoting the vegan diet has been banned because it implied that drinking milk was linked to cancer.

Europe United Kingdom

EFSA issues opinion on codeine/morphine content of poppy seeds

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued an updated risk assessment on opium alkaloids in poppy seeds, confirming that the established safe level for both codeine and morphine is 10 μg/kg of body weight.

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Compliance & Enforcement

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Marketing organic food and drink products in the EU and US

The ultimate goal of the efforts undertaken by organic producers to produce within the prescriptive guidelines is, of course, to be able to sell authenticated ‘organic’ products to the end-consumer.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

New EU rules on antimicrobials trigger dairy, meat trade ban fears

International meat and dairy traders are fighting to soften the impact of a clause in the EU’s forthcoming new Veterinary Medicines regulation which, if unamended, could completely block imports into the EU from some third countries.

EU European Agricultural Policy

UK government pressurised by Brexiteer MPs not to accept customs partnership with EU

Senior UK ministers will discuss post-Brexit customs options with the EU, just a few days after a document by Brexiteer MPs warned the government not to enter into a “customs partnership” with the bloc. 


EU European Agricultural Policy

Neonicotinoid vote slammed by industry, welcomed by green groups

The decision by EU member states to back a permanent ban on the outdoor use of neonicotinoids has been received by a plethora of mixed reactions, some favourable and some hostile.

EU European Agricultural Policy

UK trails in AEO race, but pioneer food sector role beckons

UK suppliers which do not have Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification are already missing a trick and, as Brexit looms, would be well advised to get it – and for the food industry specifically, there is an added incentive, delegates at a conference in London heard this week.


European Food Law Europe

EU faces tricky balancing act in renegotiating tariff-free beef quota

The EU will face a considerable challenge in satisfying the US while also avoiding issues with other important trading partners in Latin America and Australasia when it starts to renegotiate import quotas for hormone-free beef.

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Dual quality products should carry different labels, say ComAgri MEPs

Unless duly justified, branded products with a diverging content in different EU member states need to carry distinctive labels, otherwise manufacturers should face severe penalties or even be banned from the market, Agriculture MEPs have argued.

Labeling Food Policy

Marketing organic food and drink products in the EU and US

The ultimate goal of the efforts undertaken by organic producers to produce within the prescriptive guidelines is, of course, to be able to sell authenticated ‘organic’ products to the end-consumer.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Almost all fipronil-contaminated eggs originated from the Netherlands – EFSA report

After conducting an analysis of the fipronil egg scandal, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that, by far, most of the samples originated from the Netherlands.

EU European Agricultural Policy

IEG Policy’s Top 10 for April: Alcohol labelling, GMA forecasts, Farm Bill progress and CAP leaks

It was another eventful month in both Washington and Brussels last month, with significant developments in food and drink labelling, farming policy, and legislation related to the organic sector.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Committee warns UK not to 'rush in' to trade talks with US

The House of Commons International Trade Committee has concluded the UK government should not enter into trade negotiations with the US without first establishing a “clear, comprehensive and evidence-based trade strategy.”

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EU dairy exporters to gain from Mexico trade deal

The recent conclusion of the EU-Mexico trade agreement is set to deliver a trade boost for European dairy exporters, with tariff-free access for skimmed milk powder (SMP) and other products, as well as geographical indication protection for certain cheeses.

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New swathe of scientific experts take up challenge of giving Europe food advice

A new group of scientific experts, selected from 1,000 candidates, will be taking on the challenging role of advising on the work of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) from July.

Europe EFSA

Diet meal makers contest plans to outlaw sweeteners in their products

Low calorie meal replacement makers are fighting a Commission move that would effectively outlaw use of artificial sweeteners in their products.

European Food Law Additives

EU allows Denmark to continue with tighter nitrite levels in meat

The European Commission has approved Denmark’s request to continue imposing tougher restrictions on potassium nitrate (E249) and sodium nitrate (E250) in meat than is actually required under the EU Regulation on food additives.

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