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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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Irish authority reveals food alerts are at highest in ten years

The Irish food authority has revealed in its annual report that the number of food alerts issued in 2016 were the highest in ten years. The 39 food alerts of 2016 resulted in product recalls and withdrawals because of chemical contamination, foreign bodies and pathogens, among other causes.

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Academic study says Bayer-Monsanto tie-up should be blocked

The proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto should be blocked under EU competition rules, as divesting particular assets would not address the underlying concerns, a new study has found.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

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

MEPs to urge Commission not to renew glyphosate authorisation

Left wing MEPs are filing a European Parliament motion opposing a European Commission proposal to renew the authorisation of controversial weed killer glyphosate for 10 years when it expires on 3 December.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU pesticides and biocides chief defends endocrine disruptor criteria

The head of the Commission’s pesticides and biocides unit, Klaus Berend, has defended proposed criteria for defining endocrine disrupting substances under the 2012 biocidal products regulation (BPR – 528/2012).
European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EFSA gives modified starches the thumbs up

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given a dozen modified starches the green light following a risk assessment where it found no safety concerns with the amounts currently used in different applications.

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UK to launch inquiry into 2 Sisters poultry plant and wider food chain

The House of Commons’ Environment Food and Rural Affairs committee is to launch an inquiry into allegations of food safety breaches at the 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich poultry plant. The allegations were made in September by undercover reporters who worked at the plant and claimed, among other things, that slaughter dates on chickens were being changed.

European Food Law Compliance and Enforcement

Company director gets 8-month prison sentence for breaching EU health claims law

The director of a UK company selling Royal jelly – a substance secreted from the glands of bees - has been given an eight month prison sentence for claiming that his product could help people with Alzheimer’s disease and speed the healing of tumours. The sentence is suspended for 12 months, which means the director will not go to prison if he remains law abiding within this time period. However, he has also been ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

European Food Law Health Claims

Operations at chicken plant in UK suspended as investigations continue

The UK chicken processing plant where workers allegedly changed slaughter dates has been temporarily closed by its’ owner, the 2 Sisters Food Group, to allow for staff there to be retrained in “all food safety and quality management systems”. It comes as three major grocery chains revealed they would not be sourcing their meat from the plant in light of the allegations.

European Food Law Compliance and Enforcement

Tuna colouring fraud a key factor in widening EU toxicity scandal

Fraudulent colouring has emerged as a common denominator in scores of cases of histamine toxicity involving tuna distributed from Spain to several EU countries.

European Food Law Additives

China suspends application of new health certificates on food imports

China has agreed to delay the implementation of controversial new food import rules by two years, following criticisms by its major trading partners that the rules were unfair and would disrupt trade.

European Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Sweets advertised as “halal certified” contravened Islamic law

A confectionary company has been told to change the advertising of its sweets online after claiming that the products were halal certified when they contained cochineal, which is made from extracts of crushed insects. Under Islamic law, cochineal is “haram”, or forbidden.

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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.

European Food Law Romania

India wants labelling of GM foods

India’s food safety regulator is working on guidelines for the labelling of packaged food containing genetically modified ingredients.

European Food Law Labeling

Key EU committee says BPA an endocrine disruptor

A key EU committee has unanimously decided that the food packaging chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor.

European Food Law Food Safety and Standards

Poland to amend food law, defining "creamy" and "vinegar"

The Polish ministry of agriculture has notified the European Commission on its draft food labelling ordinance which introduces a number of amendments to the ministry’s regulation from 23 December, 2014.

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EFSA gives modified starches the thumbs up

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given a dozen modified starches the green light following a risk assessment where it found no safety concerns with the amounts currently used in different applications.

European Food Law Additives

Tuna colouring fraud a key factor in widening EU toxicity scandal

Fraudulent colouring has emerged as a common denominator in scores of cases of histamine toxicity involving tuna distributed from Spain to several EU countries.

European Food Law Additives

Member States back sweetener ban in diabetic bakery products

Member States have approved a draft regulation banning artificial sweetener use in bakery products aimed at diabetics, opening the door for scrutiny in the European Parliament and Council, which would both have a right of veto, although that is unlikely.
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