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EFSA launches public consultation on GM insects with engineered gene drives

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the assessment of genetically modified insects with synthetically engineered gene drives.

European Food Law Animal Health

Specialist nutrition makers call for more transparent labelling to help healthy dietary choices

Specialist food makers organisation, Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE), is calling on the EU to “Promote greater transparency through food information and product labelling allowing healthier and sustainable diet choices for all” in a position paper on the European Green Deal.

European Food Law Food Policy

Environment MEPs object to proposed GM soybean approval

A resolution objecting to the proposed approval of a genetically modified triple-stack soybean line has been adopted by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Brazilian cocoa fruit pulp authorised in EU as traditional food from third country

The latest traditional food from a third country to get the green light under the EU’s 2015 novel foods regulation (2015/2283) is cocoa fruit pulp from Brazil.

European Food Law Food Policy

Slovak Agriculture Minister eyes legislation to promote local foods, ban on GMO crops

Slovak Minister of Agriculture Gabriela Matečná has announced that some of the legislative plans by her Slovak National Party (SNS) include requiring local schools and social facilities to buy at least 50 percent of locally made food products. The initiative ties into the party’s goal of decreasing Slovakia’s dependency on food imports.

Slovakia European Food Law

French court rules that mutagenesis is subject to GMO laws

France’s highest court, the Conseil d’État (council of state), has ruled that plants bred through mutagenesis must be subject to the regulations relating to genetically modified organisms.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EFSA expands food consumption database used for risk assessments

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has expanded its food consumption database, a tool crucial to its risk assessments, with a new batch of data collected under the EU Menu project.

European Food Law Food Policy

Blockchain can improve traceability across the food supply chain – Smart Farming event

EU officials and farming representatives have highlighted the potential of blockchain applications to improve traceability and market transparency across the food supply chain.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Cloning proposals to be scrapped after Commission admits defeat

The Commission is to scrap a pair of 2013 proposals on animal cloning and food from animal clones, acknowledging that there is no hope of a deal in the Council.

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