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Labelling

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Dual origin labelling law takes effect

An EU regulation specifying that the source of the main ingredient in a food must be stated if it differs from the origin labelled on the product itself took effect April 1.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Colombia to mandate high salt and sugar warnings on food packaging

The Colombian Ministry of Health (MinSalud) has announced that Colombia will require warning labels on foods that are high in salt, saturated fats, and added sugars, starting in 2022.

European Food Law Colombia

Commission to step up origin labelling in Farm to Fork strategy

The European Commission has pledged to try and “improve” origin and other labelling as part of its Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy, which with the COVID-19 crisis will not now be released until at least the end of April, over a month later than planned.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Ireland failing to ensure compliance of food and spirits labelled with GIs

There is a risk that foods and spirit drinks sold in Ireland labelled with EU approved geographical indications (GI) might not have the right to use the label, European Commission inspectors warned after an audit.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

UK Red Tractor animal welfare labelling scheme criticised in television programme

The UK’s Red Tractor animal welfare certification and labelling scheme is under a storm after BBC television’s ‘Countryfile’ programme featured criticism from animal rights campaigners over the lack of independent inspections and poor standards on approved farms.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Italy proposes new law to fight food fraud

The Italian government wants to adopt a new law to better protect its agri-food products against crimes such as fraud and counterfeiting.

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Geographical Indications

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Dual origin labelling law takes effect

An EU regulation specifying that the source of the main ingredient in a food must be stated if it differs from the origin labelled on the product itself took effect April 1.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Council greenlights EU-Vietnam trade deal

EU member states have given the final green light to the bloc’s trade agreement with Vietnam, which foresees tariff-free market access for agri-food products and protection for Geographical indications.

EU Vietnam

Wine makers call for harmonised regulations in future EU-UK association agreement

EU and UK wine makers and traders are calling for harmonised European and British regulations in a future post Brexit association agreement.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU Commission publishes draft legal agreement on future EU-UK partnership

The European Commission has this week published the draft text on the agreement on future EU/UK relations.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Ireland failing to ensure compliance of food and spirits labelled with GIs

There is a risk that foods and spirit drinks sold in Ireland labelled with EU approved geographical indications (GI) might not have the right to use the label, European Commission inspectors warned after an audit.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

US dairy interests warn of risks from EU use of GIs

The US dairy industry is urging lawmakers to work with the White House to address the growing use of geographic indicators (GIs) by the EU and other countries to limit trade, warning that the issue is posing major headaches for dairy farmers and other US ag and food interests.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy
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Allergens

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New inspection finds most regulation errors in Norwegian bread products have been corrected

In 2018 the Norwegian Food Safety Authority carried out a large grocery segment control of over 200 various breads and bread products. A full 8 out of 10 products had minor or major errors in relation to the regulations.

European Food Law Norway

Enzyme proposals would bring “significant differences” between JECFA and EFSA

Proposals by the World Health Organisation / Food and Agriculture Organisation (WHO/FAO) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) to change global guidance on assessing the safety of enzymes would results in “significant differences” with the EU’s approach, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is warning.

European Food Law Additives

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.

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Advertising

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Arla milk advert not deemed misleading or irresponsible despite 111 complaints

More than 100 people complained about a “humorous” television advertisement for Arla’s Cravendale milk because the characters repeatedly claimed in the advert that the product was “not milk”, even though it was.

European Food Law Advertising

“Predatory” marketing of junk food slammed for contribution to childhood obesity

A report published this week by the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the medical journal, the Lancet, condemns the advertising of unhealthy foods aimed at children which it says is fueling the childhood obesity crisis. The number of obese children and adolescents increased from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016 – an 11-fold increase, the report notes.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Agriculture MEPs approve support measures for EU wine exporters hit by US Airbus tariffs

AGRI MEPs endorsed the European Commission’s plans for more flexible rules on wine promotion campaigns, but some also asked for more far-going measures to alleviate the impact of US trade sanctions.

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Health Claims

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EFSA thumbs down to Coffee 21 DNA strands claim

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) has given a negative opinion to a health claim for a dark roasted coffee and prevention of DNA strands breakage.

European Food Law Food Policy

Belgian food safety agency warning about “potentially dangerous” COVID-19 fakes

The Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (AFSCA) is warning consumers to be on their guard about online sales of “potentially dangerous” supplements and teas bearing claims about preventing or treating COVID-19.

European Food Law Food Policy

EFSA red light for probiotic gum health claim

Yet another probiotic health claim has had a negative opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this time one linking a lozenge to gum health.

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