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MEPs to urge Commission not to renew glyphosate authorisation

Left wing MEPs are filing a European Parliament motion opposing a European Commission proposal to renew the authorisation of controversial weed killer glyphosate for 10 years when it expires on 3 December.

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EFSA gives modified starches the thumbs up

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given a dozen modified starches the green light following a risk assessment where it found no safety concerns with the amounts currently used in different applications.

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MEPs urge Commission not to approve two GM soybeans

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee is calling on the EU Commission not to approve two genetically modified (GM) soybean varieties for import in a duo of non-binding resolutions adopted on 28 September.
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Finland prepares guidance on breeding and marketing insects for food

Finland’s food safety authority, Evira, has announced it has started preparing guidelines for the food industry that will help them safely breed and market insects for food purposes. The revised EU novel food regulation comes into force on January 1st 2018, closing a legal vacuum and enabling companies to apply for permission across the EU to sell food that has insect ingredients.

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Commission planning to tweak EU definition of nanomaterials

The EU’s catch-all definition of nanomaterials laid down in a 2011 recommendation could be in for a change in Spring 2018, a Commission Roadmap open for consultation until 13 October reveals.


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Commission eyes revamp of food irradiation laws

The European Commission is planning to revise two 1999 food irradiation directives – a framework (1999/2) and an implementing (1999/3) law -  in line with an “Evaluation and Fitness Check Roadmap” currently open for consultation until 3 October.

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Novel food implementing laws could be revised

The European Commission and Member States are to consider whether three draft implementing acts for the novel foods regulation (NF - 2015/2083) need revision after industry groups pointed out shortcomings in an online consultation.

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EFSA clears two Novozymes enzymes for glucose syrup production

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found no safety concerns with two food enzymes used in glucose syrup production.


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FoodDrinkEurope questions delays in novel food handover

FoodDrinkEurope is questioning a proposed two-month delay in Member States handing over existing application files (requests) after the new novel foods regulation (NF - 2015/2283) takes effect on January 1.


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