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Labelling

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Vilnius conference pushes blockchain benefits for food safety, traceability and logistics

Blockchain technology will increasingly be adopted by companies in the agri-food sector in the years to come, and will be essential to ensuring food and drink products flow smoothly between the UK and EU post-Brexit, a conference in Lithuania heard this week.

Traceability & Supply Chain Technology

ECJ advocate general says halal meat can be labelled organic

Meat from animals that have been killed following the Islamic or Jewish ritual slaughter (halal or Shechita) without prior stunning can carry the European organic farming label, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recommended.

European Agricultural Policy EU

Commission accepts Europe-wide petition for COOL on all foods

A European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) calling for mandatory declarations of origin on all foods has met conditions to be registered and start collecting the required one million signatures from at least seven EU member states over a year.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Norway sends out warning about dietary supplements purchased online

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Customs Service has carried out a test of 70 supplements online and found some of them to contain ingredients hazardous to health.

 

Europe Norway

Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Experts advise on thorny issues over lab-based meats at GFI meeting

Many thorny issues remain to be ironed out over emerging lab-grown meat products, but there is little appetite for Congress to step in and decide which agency should regulate the new products, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

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Geographical Indications

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Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EU agri-policy diary (September 17-21): Brexit, UTPs

National delegations are gathering in Brussels to discuss new rules to protect farmers from unfair trading practices, while Foreign Ministers prepare high-level Brexit discussions taking place in Austria later this week.

Brexit EU

EU’s GI simplification plans under attack from ‘generic’ campaigners

The European Commission’s plans to simplify the registration process for new geographical indications (GIs), as part of the CAP reform process, are potentially damaging to the interests of third country producers, according to an international group campaigning to protect generic product names.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Failure to protect EU GIs after Brexit may trigger legal action

The uncertainty surrounding the post-Brexit system of geographical indications (GIs) may trigger legal actions by associations seeking compensation for any breach of intellectual property, it has been revealed.

EU European Agricultural Policy

European Commission approves new geographical indications from Poland

Two products from Poland have been added to the EU list of quality food products that can be labelled with Protected Geographical Indications (PGI).

EU European Agricultural Policy

Violations of EU and national quality labelling schemes picked up in Slovenia

Slovenia’s Administration for Food Safety, Veterinary Sector and Plant Protection (UVHVVR) has examined hundreds of farming and food products that carry one of four protected quality indications in Slovenia, finding numerous violations of national and EU labels in recent years.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Allergens

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Mainstream pesticide evaluations do not look at exposure to multiple chemicals

Current assessments of pesticides' safety by regulatory agencies do not evaluate the “cocktail effect” that the cumulative use of different chemicals may have on humans, animals and the environment, a scholar has said.

EU United States

Spanish authorities seize 45 tons of fake fresh tuna

Spanish law enforcers have seized 45 tons of low quality tuna illegally treated with dyes to make it look like fresh fish that can be sold at twice the price, in an operation coordinated by the EU agency for law enforcement cooperation (Europol).

European Food Law Allergens

ANSES warning over supplements and pollen allergies

People suffering from hayfever and other pollen allergies should avoid food supplements containing hive products, not only honey but also royal jelly or propolis, as they could have a reaction, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) is warning.

European Food Law Allergens

Specialist food makers unveil gluten free labelling guidance

Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) published gluten free labelling guidelines to celebrate International Coeliac Day on 16 May.

European Food Law Allergens

New swathe of scientific experts take up challenge of giving Europe food advice

A new group of scientific experts, selected from 1,000 candidates, will be taking on the challenging role of advising on the work of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) from July.

Europe EFSA

Commission launches consultation on transparency of scientific studies for active substances

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the transparency and independence of risk evaluations and scientific studies in response to the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against glyphosate. 

EU European Agricultural Policy
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Advertising

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Senior doctor calls for ban on the sale of energy drinks to children

A senior doctor has called for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children as the UK government currently consults on whether to implement such legislation.

Europe United Kingdom

Norway sends out warning about dietary supplements purchased online

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Customs Service has carried out a test of 70 supplements online and found some of them to contain ingredients hazardous to health.

 

Europe Norway

UK government proposes mandatory calorie labelling in cafes and restaurants

The UK government has today (September 14th) launched a consultation on a proposal to make calorie labelling compulsory in the so-called “out-of-home” sector.

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Health Claims

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Norway sends out warning about dietary supplements purchased online

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Customs Service has carried out a test of 70 supplements online and found some of them to contain ingredients hazardous to health.

 

Europe Norway

Scottish Gin Society falls foul of advertising and nutrition claims rules

The Scottish Gin Society has been warned over a series of Facebook posts it generated between January 2017 and January 2018 which promoted the drinking of gin.

European Food Law Advertising

Mainstream pesticide evaluations do not look at exposure to multiple chemicals

Current assessments of pesticides' safety by regulatory agencies do not evaluate the “cocktail effect” that the cumulative use of different chemicals may have on humans, animals and the environment, a scholar has said.

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