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Drinks industry faces sizeable losses from plain packaging regulations, finds report

The global beverages industry could experience a value loss of around USD430.8 billion if plain packaging regulations are extended to cover its products worldwide, according to the findings of a new report that explores the potential global ramifications of new plain packaging restrictions on alcohol, sugary drinks, confectionery and salty snack products.



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Polish agriculture ministry notifies EU over meat labelling regulation

Polish agriculture and rural development minister, Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, has announced his ministry has notified the European Commission regarding a draft regulation to introduce new meat origin labelling requirements.

European Food Law Poland

OECD calls for stepped up efforts to prevent obesity

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is calling for regulators worldwide to step up efforts to prevent obesity, through a major report analysing the impact of taxes, advertising restrictions, labelling and reformulation on public health, national economies as well as the food and drink industry.

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Italy pledges to strengthen food origin labelling

Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) has included new provisions on addressing the origin of food products in a recent update to the country’s 2019 Economic and Financial Document (Documento di economia e finanza, or DEF). DEF is Italy’s main instrument for financial and economic planning as it sets out the public finance and economic strategies for the mid-term.

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Lawmaker calls for climate labelling on all food

A UK lawmaker has called on the country’s government to require all food products for sale to the public to display their carbon footprint on their labels.

European Food Law Environment and Conservation

Children’s drinks on sale in Belgium ranking D or E with Nutri-Score

Belgian consumer group, Test-Achats, found 40% of drinks in small cartons and bottles likely to be put in schoolbags would be labelled with a D or E when graded by the Nutri-Score system, the official but voluntary nutrition label in Belgium.

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Geographical Indications

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US cheese tariffs dampen mood at EU dairy conference

The imposition by the US of new tariffs on EU dairy exports overshadowed the agenda at this year’s European Dairy Association Congress in Vienna.

Trade Disputes Markets

Brazil consults on geographical indications in EFTA deal

The Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), a federal agency linked to the country’s Ministry of Economy, has launched a public consultation on the recognition by the Brazilian government, of geographical indications (GIs) originating from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).



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Italy pledges to strengthen food origin labelling

Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) has included new provisions on addressing the origin of food products in a recent update to the country’s 2019 Economic and Financial Document (Documento di economia e finanza, or DEF). DEF is Italy’s main instrument for financial and economic planning as it sets out the public finance and economic strategies for the mid-term.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Blockchain could improve accountability in food supply chain, Commission finds

Blockchain applications could be used to detect fraudulent products, certify Geographical Indications and even reduce food waste, the European Commission’s research service has found.

International European Agricultural Policy

US tariffs threaten a fifth of EU dairy export trade

Around 20% of the EU’s entire dairy export trade is at risk if the US goes ahead with its full list of punitive tariffs on EU dairy products in the Airbus World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement case.

Trade Disputes Geographical Indications

EU set to join international agreement on GIs

The EU will soon be a member of a multilateral treaty that allows for a more rapid protection for Geographical Indications (GIs) in third countries.

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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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Advertising

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Drinks industry faces sizeable losses from plain packaging regulations, finds report

The global beverages industry could experience a value loss of around USD430.8 billion if plain packaging regulations are extended to cover its products worldwide, according to the findings of a new report that explores the potential global ramifications of new plain packaging restrictions on alcohol, sugary drinks, confectionery and salty snack products.



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Singapore the first state to ban advertising of sugary beverages

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has ordered the imposition of a blanket ban on advertising for the least healthy sugar sweetened beverages and is even considering banning their sale altogether. Singapore has one of the developed world’s highest diabetes rates.



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Burger King tweet about milkshakes “encouraged anti-social behaviour”, watchdog rules

The fast food chain Burger King has been chastised for a tweet it posted about milkshakes in the wake of high profile attacks where milkshakes were thrown over prominent, controversial public figures, including UK MEP Nigel Farage.

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Health Claims

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MEPs oppose imports of GM maize and soybeans

EU parliamentarians have objected to the European Commission’s plans to authorise the imports of three herbicide-resistant GMOs into the EU, pointing to risks of higher pesticide levels.

EU International

EU Health Commissioner-designate backs single EU FOP nutrition label and nutrient profiles

EU Health Commissioner-designate Stella Kyriakides has come out in favour of a single European front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition label and nutrient profiles to say what products can bear health claims during a three-hour hearing with MEPs on October 1.

European Food Law Food Policy

The world is off-track to end hunger, says FAO

A report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations said the world is failing to meet most of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to ending hunger and food insecurity – with some areas getting worse.

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