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Industry questions dual quality food claims

The food industry is questioning the validity of claims about so-called ‘dual quality foods’ whereby brands sold in Eastern Europe are supposedly of inferior quality to those in the West. FoodDrinkEurope Director General, Mella Frewen, welcomed the European Commission’s plans to develop a standard EU methodology to test for quality differences at the 13 October Bratislava Summit for equal quality of products for all.
European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

UK to launch inquiry into 2 Sisters poultry plant and wider food chain

The House of Commons’ Environment Food and Rural Affairs committee is to launch an inquiry into allegations of food safety breaches at the 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich poultry plant. The allegations were made in September by undercover reporters who worked at the plant and claimed, among other things, that slaughter dates on chickens were being changed.

European Food Law Compliance and Enforcement

Consumer law revamp could tackle dual quality foods as “a last resort”

An update to EU consumer protection laws that the Commission has planned for March 2018 could include amendments to tackle problems linked to so-called dual quality foods, where identical brands are of lesser quality in Central and Eastern European Member States, than those in the West and North. But the Commission sees new legislation as “a last resort,” Francisco Fonseca Morilla, the Deputy Director General of the Justice and Consumers directorate general (DG JUST), told MEPs on 11 October.
European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Child obesity rises tenfold, food taxes and labelling “won’t be enough”

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed today. And single interventions such as taxing sugary drinks or the use of food labelling will not be sufficient to tackle the issue, obesity experts have said.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Company director gets 8-month prison sentence for breaching EU health claims law

The director of a UK company selling Royal jelly – a substance secreted from the glands of bees - has been given an eight month prison sentence for claiming that his product could help people with Alzheimer’s disease and speed the healing of tumours. The sentence is suspended for 12 months, which means the director will not go to prison if he remains law abiding within this time period. However, he has also been ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

European Food Law Health Claims

Weight loss products rules to apply from October 2022

The delegated regulation on total diet replacement (TDR) products for weight control was published in the EU’s Official Journal on 7 October, but despite the controversial requirements only applying from October 2022, manufacturers are warning they will wipe many programmes off the market.
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Geographical Indications

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US groups angered by EU granting PGI status for Danbo cheese

The EU has provoked fierce international criticism by registering the Danish cheese type ‘Danbo’ as a protected geographical indication (PGI) - with US groups in particular expressing their disappointment at the decision. 

European Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

ComAgri calls for exclusion of 'sensitive' farm products from Australia & New Zealand trade talks

The European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee (ComAgri) has approved two opinions on trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

U.S. dairy industry urges Japan not to cave under pressure in reviewing EU’s proposed GI list

The U.S. dairy industry has urged Japan not to cave under pressure and allow the European Union to monopolize a long list of common food names, which is being discussed as part of a free trade agreement negotiation between the partners. 

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Japan grants GI protection to Italian ham product in first for EU

Italian cured ham product Prosciutto di Parma has been granted geographical indication (GI) protection in Japan – the first time the country has ever granted such status to a foreign agricultural product.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Prime Minister May calls for bespoke future trade deal with EU post-Brexit

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a “creative and ambitious” future relationship between the UK and the European Union after the UK leaves the EU in 2019.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Analysis: Food safety and animal welfare will be familiar issues in UK-US trade talks

Before leaping into any bilateral trade deal with the United States, UK politicians should consider why the long-drawn negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the EU has not only been fraught with disagreement, but is seemingly now dead in the water. 

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Allergens

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Food allergen labelling waiver granted for soy lecithin as release agent

The US FDA has granted a petition by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) that waives the labelling of soy lecithin after finding its products will not cause an allergic response when used as a release agent applied to food contact substances.

European Food Law Labeling

Norway to check dairy product labels

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority is carrying out an audit of dairy product labels in Norwegian stores. The reason for this is that inadequate labelling of foods may pose a health risk, and may mislead consumers. The audit will take a closer look at ingredient lists, ingredient quantities, nutrition labelling, allergens, and package claims regarding “light” products, sugar, fat, protein and fibre.

European Food Law Labeling

Campaign for accurate allergen labelling launched in Aus/NZ

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is running a month-long campaign aimed at ensuring that food businesses are applying the correct allergen labelling to their products.  The authority has also said a tenth food is expected to be added this month to the current list of nine foods that must be declared as allergens.

European Food Law Labeling

US officials, industry and consumers probe growing food allergen problem

With a growing number of recalls associated with allergens and an increasing number of consumers who suffer from food allergies, allergens will likely be the next big challenge that the food industry will battle in the coming decades. From labelling and testing, to establishing safety practices, the food industry is only beginning to see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to issues related to allergens, says Shawn Stevens, founder of Food Industry Counsel Inc., which represents food industry clients.

European Food Law Food Safety and Standards

Nordic review of allergen labelling underway

The Swedish National Food Administration, along with several other Nordic country food authorities, is currently carrying out checks to ensure that food businesses are complying with allergen labelling legislation.

European Food Law Labeling

Allergen labelling required on caseins sold B2B from end 2016

Allergen labelling is to be required on caseins and their water-soluble form caseinates, from 22 December 2016, even though the milk proteins are only sold business-to-business (B2B).

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Company director gets 8-month prison sentence for breaching EU health claims law

The director of a UK company selling Royal jelly – a substance secreted from the glands of bees - has been given an eight month prison sentence for claiming that his product could help people with Alzheimer’s disease and speed the healing of tumours. The sentence is suspended for 12 months, which means the director will not go to prison if he remains law abiding within this time period. However, he has also been ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

European Food Law Health Claims

Dutch authority calls on “vegetarian butcher” to change “misleading” names

The Dutch food authority is calling on a company called Vegetarische Slager (The Vegetarian Butcher) to change the names of some of its products or face a fine. The dispute highlights the growing tension over the naming of meat alternatives in Europe as well as the continued absence of any EU legal definition for “vegan” or "vegetarian”.

European Food Law Food Policy

TV advert for whiskey draws scrutiny from UK regulator

A television advertisement for Haig Whiskey has been scrutinised by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) because it was aired in the morning, during the school holidays and in the break of a show that somebody deemed appealing to younger people.

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Health Claims

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Company director gets 8-month prison sentence for breaching EU health claims law

The director of a UK company selling Royal jelly – a substance secreted from the glands of bees - has been given an eight month prison sentence for claiming that his product could help people with Alzheimer’s disease and speed the healing of tumours. The sentence is suspended for 12 months, which means the director will not go to prison if he remains law abiding within this time period. However, he has also been ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

European Food Law Health Claims

Dutch authority calls on “vegetarian butcher” to change “misleading” names

The Dutch food authority is calling on a company called Vegetarische Slager (The Vegetarian Butcher) to change the names of some of its products or face a fine. The dispute highlights the growing tension over the naming of meat alternatives in Europe as well as the continued absence of any EU legal definition for “vegan” or "vegetarian”.

European Food Law Food Policy

UK watchdog orders removal of advert for tea that promises a flat tummy

An Instagram post by a British TV personality that implied that a drink called “Flat Tummy Tea” could help with bloating and “water weight loss” did not comply with the EU nutrition and health claims regulation and consequently breached UK advertising rules, the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said.
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