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Food Safety and Standards

Food Safety & Standards

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Council seeking to boost autonomy of EFSA panels in risk assessment process

The Council is seeking to strengthen the autonomy of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) scientific panels in its future position on the proposal to increase transparency in the risk assessment in the food chain, IEG Policy has learned.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Russia brings back ban on transhipment of US poultry to Kazakhstan

Russia is once again blocking the movement of US chicken meat to Kazakhstan in a move that could put fresh strains on relations within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Food Safety and Standards Trade Disputes

USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

MEPs pressure Commission to suspend EU-Mercosur trade talks

European opponents of an EU-Mercosur deal have seized on comments made by Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro to push their case for a suspension of talks on a trade deal between the two blocs.

Trade Agreements Geographical Indications

Podcast: Food and drink levies - public health and climate solution, or 'stealth tax'?

The topic of taxing certain food and drink products to change consumer behaviour has become one of the most hotly-contested debates in public health policy around the globe 
Food Policy Environment and Conservation

EU farmers ask for less stringent rules on cadmium limits in fertilisers

Ahead of the trilogue taking place next week among the three EU institutions, EU agriculture representatives have called for more lenient rules on cadmium limits in fertilisers leaving farmers enough time to adjust to changing circumstances.

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Compliance & Enforcement

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Dutch and Belgian fruit producers bypass Russian food sanctions

Smuggling schemes help Dutch and Belgian fruit growers to widely circumvent Russia’s import restrictions and put their produce on the country’s supermarket shelves.

EU Belgium

USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

EU farmers ask for less stringent rules on cadmium limits in fertilisers

Ahead of the trilogue taking place next week among the three EU institutions, EU agriculture representatives have called for more lenient rules on cadmium limits in fertilisers leaving farmers enough time to adjust to changing circumstances.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Chinese pigmeat production in danger as ASF crisis deepens

China’s ongoing battle against African Swine Fever (ASF) took a serious turn for the worse this week as the disease reached Sichuan province – the country’s top pig producing region - and was then detected for the first time in wild boar.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EU agriculture policy diary (November 19-23): CAP reform, pesticides and EU-Africa trade

The week ahead will kick off on Monday with the gathering of EU Agriculture ministers in the Agrifish Council.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Good farm hygiene crucial to stop antimicrobial resistance – FAO

By simply adopting good hygiene practices during the daily farm operations, farmers can play a vital role in stemming the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has said.

EU European Agricultural Policy
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Packaging

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Japanese Shochu gets EU bottle size waiver

The EU has granted the Japanese spirit drink Shochu a waiver from standard European bottle sizes following a trade deal between the two sides.

European Food Law Food Policy

EU proposal to make drink bottles at least 35% recycled plastic is “monumental” move

Setting a mandatory recycled plastic target for beverage bottles is a “monumental change” in helping the EU move towards a circular economy, a coalition of organisations promoting recycling have said.

Europe European Food Law

Large scale milk waste across the UK identified in new report

A new report from waste reduction NGO, WRAP, claims that the scale of milk waste across the food chain, from processing to household, amounts to 330,000 tonnes every year, valued at £150 million.

European Food Law Europe

IEG Policy’s October Top 10: FDA agenda, growth of blockchain and CAP strategic plans

The US Food and Drug Administration outlined its priority list for the coming months in October, while applications of blockchain technology in the agriculture and food supply chain are forecast to grow considerably, and EU officials and academics debated the new CAP’s strategic plans.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

New packaging tax and prospect of “no deal” Brexit burden UK food industry

The UK food industry fears “gathering storm clouds” as manufacturers face-up to the dual challenges of Brexit in 2019 and a new tax on plastic packaging planned for 2022.

 

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

How the ethical consumer is changing the coffee industry

A report published by business advisor Ernst and Young reveals that 34% of consumers aged 16-24 would pay an extra 20% or more for an ethically sourced product.

Europe European Food Law
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Additives

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Germans seek to better assess contaminant quantities in processed food

The German risk assessor is seeking to expand knowledge on changes in the concentrations of substances during the production of foods and feeds.

European Food Law Europe

Food Flavourings

Core legislative framework: Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008

Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on flavourings and certain food ingredients with flavouring properties for use in and on foods, and amending Regulation (EC) No 1601/91 of the Council (repealed by Regulation (EU) 251/2014), Regulations (EC) No 2232/96 (repealed by Regulation (EU) 872/2012) and (EC) No 110/2008 and Directive 2000/13/EC (repealed by Regulation (EU) 1169/2011), provides for the establishment of a Community list of authorised flavourings, conditions for their use and labelling rules.

European Food Law Eurofood Monitor

IEG Policy’s October Top 10: FDA agenda, growth of blockchain and CAP strategic plans

The US Food and Drug Administration outlined its priority list for the coming months in October, while applications of blockchain technology in the agriculture and food supply chain are forecast to grow considerably, and EU officials and academics debated the new CAP’s strategic plans.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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