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EU court finds term “balsamico” on its own not covered by Italian PGI

The protection of the name ‘”Aceto Balsamico di Modena” does not extend to the use of the non-geographical terms of that name such as “aceto” and “balsamico”, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled today (December 4).

European Food Law Germany

Environment MEPs want stronger pesticide reduction in the next CAP

Current EU policies to protect pollinators are too weak to protect biodiversity and a stronger approach is needed in agricultural policy, according to the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI).

EU European Agricultural Policy

EU Court to rule on balsamic vinegar from Modena GI

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will December 4 hand down a key ruling determining whether the words ‘balsamic vinegar’ are also covered by a protected geographical indication (GI) for Aceto Balsamico di Modena, the product made in Modena in Italy using a traditional method.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP

Scandinavian countries carry out joint control of “gluten-free” products

The Scandinavian food safety agencies have worked together to carry out a control campaign of the countries’ gluten-free products. The control campaign found that only 2 of 154 gluten-free products had gluten content above the limit value, while other concerns regarding risk preparedness arose.

 

European Food Law Traceability & Supply Chain

Andriukaitis warns regulation by public opinion could harm EU food safety

Outgoing EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has hit out at regulation by public opinion rather than science-based policy and defended genetically modified organisms as safe based on assessments not just from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), but also internationally.

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EU court finds term “balsamico” on its own not covered by Italian PGI

The protection of the name ‘”Aceto Balsamico di Modena” does not extend to the use of the non-geographical terms of that name such as “aceto” and “balsamico”, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled today (December 4).

European Food Law Germany

U.S. threatens France with 100% tariff on Champagne

The United State Trade Representative (USTR) is considering imposing additional tariffs of up to 100% on a variety of imported products from France, including Champagne and specialty cheeses, in response to the EU member state’s Digital Services Tax (DST).

Trade Disputes Market Support

EU Court to rule on balsamic vinegar from Modena GI

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will December 4 hand down a key ruling determining whether the words ‘balsamic vinegar’ are also covered by a protected geographical indication (GI) for Aceto Balsamico di Modena, the product made in Modena in Italy using a traditional method.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Indonesia proposes list of products for GI protection under future EU trade deal

Varieties of spices, cashew nuts, honey, coffee and rice are among the agricultural products that Indonesia has presented to the European Union for protected status under the proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement between the two markets.

Geographical Indications Trade Agreements

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP

MEPs demand swift support to agri-food sectors hit by US Airbus tariffs

The European Commission must mobilise all available market instruments to help EU farmers affected by the recent US tariffs, MEPs have argued.

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Allergens

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No meat today: The rise of vegetarianism and veganism

If the predominant global food trend of the 20th century was a huge increase in consumption of meat and livestock products, the most striking trend of the first two decades of the 21st century has been the beginnings of a move in the opposite direction.

Animal Welfare Environment and Conservation

Obesity and nutrition: Walking the healthy eating tightrope

It says something about the complexities of humanity’s relationship with food that, despite heavy regulation of the sector, and despite the undoubted sophistication of the sector’s marketing efforts, consumers are increasingly having to confront the question – will this food be good for me, or might it bring me to an early grave?

Food Policy Health and Nutrition

Wales, Northern Ireland inform EU of planned changes to allergen labelling

Wales and Northern Ireland have followed England and drafted legislation requiring full ingredients labelling on all pre-packaged food sold directly to the public.

European Food Law Allergens

Japan adds almonds to allergenic foods list

Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency has added almonds to the list of foods that it recommends be displayed on food labels for their potential to cause allergic reactions.

Allergens Food Policy

Next Generation Food: How health, climate change and politics are changing the way we eat

IEG Policy’s latest special report looks at how the relationship people have with the food and drink they consume is going through a period of fundamental and rapid change, presenting opportunities and challenges for industry and policy makers alike.

Agribusiness Allergens

New report shows aflatoxins top EU food safety alerts in 2018

Aflatoxins were the leading cause of alerts generated through the EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) in 2018, with groundnut and nuts from the US followed by Turkey the top exporting nation, according to the latest annual report.

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EU court finds term “balsamico” on its own not covered by Italian PGI

The protection of the name ‘”Aceto Balsamico di Modena” does not extend to the use of the non-geographical terms of that name such as “aceto” and “balsamico”, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled today (December 4).

European Food Law Germany

Denmark to face ECJ for allowing white cheese labelled as “feta” to be exported

The European Commission announced this week that it has referred Denmark to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for failing to prevent Danish companies from producing and exporting white cheese labelled as “feta” to non-EU countries.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Irish seek EU clearance for promotion of “grass-fed” meat labelling scheme

The Irish government is seeking clearance to promote a meat labelling logo that distinguishes between meat from cattle fed on grass and meat from grain-fed animals.

European Food Law Ireland
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Health Claims

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Environment MEPs want stronger pesticide reduction in the next CAP

Current EU policies to protect pollinators are too weak to protect biodiversity and a stronger approach is needed in agricultural policy, according to the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI).

EU European Agricultural Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP

Outgoing Commissioner insists botanical claims should be judged purely on science

Outgoing EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has come out against any move to authorise botanical claims based on traditional use rather than the strict scientific evidence required for other health claims.

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