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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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Russia suspends pork imports from Serbia following ASF outbreak

Russia has joined the list of countries blocking pork imports from Serbia following news that African Swine Fever (ASF) has reached the Balkan country for the first time.

Animal Health Food Safety and Standards

Research into salt content of snack sparks call for compulsory front-of-pack nutrition labelling

New research which analysed 555 savoury picnic “finger foods” available from retailers, such as olives and pasties, revealed high levels of salt in one in four of the products.

European Food Law Food Policy

Kazakhstan adopts dairy standards 'roadmap'

Kazakhstan has strengthened its commitment to improving dairy standards by signing a roadmap that will bring them to a level on par with those across the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Food Safety and Standards Food Policy

US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Seventh Asian country reports outbreak of ASF

Asia’s problems with African Swine Fever worsened on Wednesday (August 14) as Myanmar confirmed its first case of the disease.

Animal Health Farm Policy & Programs

EU approves betaine as a novel food ingredient for sports foods

The European Commission has announced that it has approved DuPont Nutrition Biosciences’ application for betaine to be used as a novel food ingredient in sports nutrition.

European Food Law Food Safety and Standards
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Compliance & Enforcement

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Norwegian industry body pushes for liberalisation of alcohol sales policy

Norwegian industry organisation Virke is pushing for Norway’s 3,000 kiosks and gas stations to get the same rights to sell beer as the country’s grocery stores. If this isn’t possible, the group is looking to lobby to move all beer sales to the country-owned Vinmonopolet liquor stores instead. 

 

European Food Law Norway

Cyprus to impose higher fines on producers exceeding pesticide MRLs

The government of Cyprus is to introduce tougher legislation to ensure that fewer food products are found to exceed the EU’s maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pesticides.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

USDA adds Vietnam, Cambodia to list of ASF-affected regions

Vietnam and Cambodia were added to the list of regions where African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed, following detection of the disease in both countries' pork herds earlier this year, according to notices from USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) dated August 8 and published today (August 14) in the Federal Register.

US Agricultural Policy APHIS

Mondelez censored under new rules on gender stereotyping in advertising

An advert for the cheese brand Philadelphia has been banned because it showed two men being ineffective parents, thereby breaking new UK advertising rules on gender stereotyping.

European Food Law Advertising

Poland is top of food recall index, according to latest survey

Poland is the origin of more recalled food than any other country in the second quarter of 2019, according to data collated from the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). It is the first time the country has been the lead country of origin for recalled food since at least 2016.

European Food Law Poland

Latvia asks for closer monitoring of Ukrainian egg producers

Latvian Agriculture Minister Kaspars Gerhard has urged the European Commission to check Ukrainian egg producers more closely to prevent salmonella infections in the EU.

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Packaging

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Portugal votes for plastic packaging ban on fruit, vegetables and bread

The Portuguese parliament has voted to end the distribution of plastic bags and disposable non-renewable containers for food products such as bread, fruits and vegetables in shops selling these groceries.

European Food Law Portugal

EFSA consults on chlorinated paraffins in food

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a consultation on its scientific opinion on the presence of chlorinated paraffins in food and animal feed.

European Food Law Food Safety and Standards

UK supermarkets accelerate action to reduce plastic

UK supermarket chain Tesco has said it intends “to remove as much plastic as possible” over the coming years in a move indicative of the measures being implemented by other supermarkets in the country as they scramble to reduce non-biodegradable packaging from their businesses.

European Food Law Environment and Conservation

When will the Commission publish throwaway plastics guidelines, asks MEP

Basque MEP, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, has asked the European Commission when it will publish crucial guidelines to help member states implement the single use plastics directive.

European Food Law Food Policy

Petition launched for EU to ban all plastic packaging

A pan-European petition demanding an EU ban on all plastic packaging and bottles by 2027 officially opened for signatures on July 26 for a year.

European Food Law Food Policy

Study warns against Bisphenol A substitute in food packaging

A recent study has found chemical Bisphenol S (BPS), mostly used in food packaging as a replacement for Bisphenol A (BPA), is more easily absorbed by the body and stays for a longer period of time than the latter.

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Additives

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EU approves betaine as a novel food ingredient for sports foods

The European Commission has announced that it has approved DuPont Nutrition Biosciences’ application for betaine to be used as a novel food ingredient in sports nutrition.

European Food Law Food Safety and Standards

EFSA says nicotinamide riboside is safe as source of Vitamin B3 in supplements

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said that nicotinamide riboside can be safely used as a source of Vitamin B3 in food supplements at a daily serving of 300mg.

European Food Law Additives

Swedish ice cream company forced to remove “all-natural ingredients” wording

The city of Gothenburg, Sweden has told an ice cream company to remove the wording “all-natural ingredients” from its packaging after the company was reported to the city's authorities by the consumer organisation Äkta vara.

European Food Law Sweden
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