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Since the 1st January 2018, the new Regulation (EU) No 2015/2283 on novel foods has applied within the EU, replacing previous outdated rules issued from Regulation (EC) No 258/97, which framed these specific foods for nearly twenty years. The new Regulation significantly differs from its predecessor, which was full of restrictions. With this new legislation, food business operators are now equipped with the tools for facilitating innovation, as Katia Merten-Lentz, of international law firm Keller & Heckman, writes.
The EU’s specific migration limit (SML) for perchlorate in plastic food contact materials is to be slashed 0.05 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) of food to 0.002 mg/kg in a delegated regulation that the Commission expects to adopt by the end of May.
The European Commission is to adopt an implementing law for the novel foods regulation before the end of the month, despite criticism from the Netherlands that the measure, setting conditions for determining whether a food is novel or not, will not bring harmonisation.
The General Court of the European Union has annulled a Commission’s decision, whereby they had rejected an application for review of the marketing authorisation granted to genetically modified (GM) soybean products.
The European alcoholic beverages associations have submitted their self-regulatory proposals on the listing of ingredients and nutritional information for alcoholic drinks to EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, with the hope of eventually turning their ideas into legislation.
IEG Policy's February Top 10: Food safety ‘mega trends’, Germany’s glyphosate strategy, EU COOL rules
A Walmart official’s view on the key influences in food safety, the possible beginning of the end for glyphosate use in Germany, and concerns over country-of-origin labelling in Europe were the subjects of some of the most popular articles on IEG Policy last month.
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