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Cannabidiol - a trendy substance in a fuzzy regulatory landscape

Shops selling products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) are popping-up across Europe and raising questions about their legality, write Katia Merten-Lentz and Manon Ombredane of international law firm Keller & Heckman.

European Food Law Europe

EFSA backs safety of colouring annatto E

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has handed down a positive opinion on the safety of the colouring annatto E (E160 b), after assessing new mutagenicity data.

European Food Law Food Policy

More delays on the EU approvals of GMOs

Delays continue in the EU approval and renewal process for genetically modified crops with another set of indecisive votes on European Commission proposals.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Commission research arm develops fish identification method to bust fraud

The European Commission’s research arm, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), has developed a new technique to identify which fish species has been used in processed products, such as fish fingers, and stop a common fraud whereby premium cod is replaced by other cheaper white fish.

European Food Law Food Policy

FDA, USDA sign MOU to jointly oversee cell-based meat

USDA and FDA on Thursday (March 7) released a formal agreement to jointly oversee foods made from cell-cultured meat, detailing a regulatory approach largely supported by cell meat companies, livestock producers and other stakeholders.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

EU Court annuls EFSA decision not to release glyphosate data

The EU General Court, the junior court of the European Court of Justice, has overruled decisions by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to keep crucial toxicology and carcinogenicity studies on the active substance glyphosate confidential, on grounds it was in the public interest to have this information public.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU data protection rules hamper blockchain development

The EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR – 2016/679) is causing headaches for companies trying to implement blockchain technologies as a way to protect against fraud and guarantee traceability and integrity of supply chains, a special session at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) conference in Nice, France last week heard.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Artificial Intelligence more likely to transform agri-food sector than blockchain, MEPs hear

Digital technologies have a great potential to help farmers and food chain actors deal with their main challenges, but some applications will have a lot more impact than others, members of the European Parliament heard today. 

EU European Agricultural Policy

Ireland’s latest weapon against food fraud offers new type of DNA testing of food

Ireland is proving to be a pioneer in raising awareness of, and tackling, food fraud. The country’s food authority was the first to uncover the horsemeat scandal of 2013 and now it is the first to use a new type of DNA profiling to check that the ingredients in food products tallies with its’ labelling.

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