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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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UK parties offer starkly differing policy options as general election looms

It could be argued that, with the UK’s exit from the EU now scheduled less than two months away, the last thing British agribusiness needs at present is more uncertainty about the future course of UK agriculture policy.

Farm Policy & Programs Food Policy

Ombudsman finds no undue delay in EU handling of glyphosate MRL review

The European Ombudsman has rejected a complaint that the European Commission was wrong to delay a decision on a maximum residue limit (MRL) for the herbicide, glyphosate, on a specific crop until a general review of all glyphosate MRLs had been completed.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Commission sets out monitoring guidance for acrylamide in additional foods

A European Commission recommendation is advising both the food industry and member states on which products they should monitor for the presence of the naturally-occurring processing contaminant acrylamide on top of those already required under a 2017 EU regulation (2017/2158). 

European Food Law Food Policy

Russia suspends Latin American beef suppliers over ractopamine

Russia has halted imports from several South American beef suppliers, claiming that some shipments were contaminated with antibiotic residues while others had traces of the controversial feed additive, ractopamine.

Animal Health Food Safety and Standards

CAP reform risks clashing with new EU food policy, leading AGRI MEP warns

Letting member states tailor their approach to agricultural policy could limit EU-wide progress in its new approach to sustainable food, according to German MEP Norbert Lins, the chair of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (AGRI).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EFSA advises caution on wood fibres in plastic food contact materials

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that there is insufficient data about wood fibre and flour to back up their current authorisation for use as an additive in plastic food contact materials.

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Compliance & Enforcement

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CAP reform risks clashing with new EU food policy, leading AGRI MEP warns

Letting member states tailor their approach to agricultural policy could limit EU-wide progress in its new approach to sustainable food, according to German MEP Norbert Lins, the chair of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (AGRI).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Environment MEPs want stronger pesticide reduction in the next CAP

Current EU policies to protect pollinators are too weak to protect biodiversity and a stronger approach is needed in agricultural policy, according to the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI).

EU European Agricultural Policy

Cargill adopts 2030 supply chain greenhouse gas reduction targets

A new goal of reducing company supply chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% per ton of product by 2030 compared to 2017 levels, was announced by Cargill as part of its efforts to combat climate change Tuesday (Dec. 3).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Plant-based “egg” expected on European market by mid-2020

A plant-based version of egg is expected to be on the European market during the second quarter of 2020, offering a healthier and more environmentally friendly product than real eggs, a conference in Paris heard today.

European Food Law Compliance and Enforcement

Von der Leyen Commission approved by European Parliament

The next batch of European Commissioners got the greenlight from MEPs today (November 27), allowing Ursula von der Leyen and her team to start fleshing out the policies that will shape Europe’s agrifood sector for the next five years and beyond.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Investigate Romania’s role in capsized ship that drowned 14,500 sheep, say advocates

The EU should investigate Romanian authorities for their role in a cargo ship capsizing and causing the death of over 14,500 sheep, according to animal welfare groups.

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CAP reform risks clashing with new EU food policy, leading AGRI MEP warns

Letting member states tailor their approach to agricultural policy could limit EU-wide progress in its new approach to sustainable food, according to German MEP Norbert Lins, the chair of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (AGRI).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EFSA advises caution on wood fibres in plastic food contact materials

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that there is insufficient data about wood fibre and flour to back up their current authorisation for use as an additive in plastic food contact materials.

European Food Law Additives

Major chocolate companies want stronger EU regulation for cocoa sector

Three of the biggest chocolate companies in the world called on the EU today (November 2) to introduce new legislation ensuring the entire sector supports sustainable cocoa production.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP

Denmark includes juice and smoothie drink cans and bottles in deposit scheme

Denmark has increased the number and types of product cans and bottles that can be returned in exchange for money to now also include a large group of juice and smoothie products. This increase in product types should help the country recycle an additional 50 million plastic and glass bottles and aluminium cans every year, according to the Danish Return System.

European Food Law Denmark

French supermarket, Leclerc, to spearhead plastic removal

The Leclerc supermarket chain has announced that it wants to reach 100% of recyclable packaging on its private label products by 2023.

European Food Law Traceability & Supply Chain
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CAP reform risks clashing with new EU food policy, leading AGRI MEP warns

Letting member states tailor their approach to agricultural policy could limit EU-wide progress in its new approach to sustainable food, according to German MEP Norbert Lins, the chair of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (AGRI).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EFSA advises caution on wood fibres in plastic food contact materials

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that there is insufficient data about wood fibre and flour to back up their current authorisation for use as an additive in plastic food contact materials.

European Food Law Additives

Scandinavian countries carry out joint control of “gluten-free” products

The Scandinavian food safety agencies have worked together to carry out a control campaign of the countries’ gluten-free products. The control campaign found that only 2 of 154 gluten-free products had gluten content above the limit value, while other concerns regarding risk preparedness arose.

 

European Food Law Traceability & Supply Chain
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