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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.
Low calorie meal replacement makers are fighting a Commission move that would effectively outlaw use of artificial sweeteners in their products.
The Dutch company Vivera has announced it will be selling 100% plant-based “steaks” through 400 Tesco stores from next week. The move is a response to growing demand for meat replacement foods in light of health and environmental concerns around meat products.
It is now five years since so-called ‘artificial meat’ was successfully grown in a Dutch laboratory at a cost in excess of $300,000 per lb. But cost of production of this proteinaceous substance, claimed to be an exact nutritional substitute for beef, pork or chicken meat produced on the farm, has now fallen dramatically.
UK supermarket chain Marks and Spencers is promoting its DNA testing policy to reassure customers that the company can trace back all the beef it sells to the farm it came from.
The Commission has increased by eight times the EU limit for two impurities, ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol, in the food additive polyvinyl alcohol-polyethylene glycol-graft-co-polymer (E 1209), in line with international specifications.
A food additive that can replace fat to thicken sauces without loss of taste has been authorised for use as an emulsifier in emulsified sauces in the EU.
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.
MEPs have decided to try and restart stalled negotiations on a proposal to ban clones and cloning in the EU, which has remained stuck on the Council table since the European Parliament adopted its first reading position in September 2015 owing to differences between member states over whether semen and animal produce from offspring should be covered.
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