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EU consumers have the biggest potential to reduce food waste

EU consumers and households can contribute the most towards reducing food waste and implementing the circular economy package, the EU health and food safety Commissioner said. 
EU European Agricultural Policy

Member states slam industry’s alcohol labelling proposal

The drinks industry’s self-regulatory alcohol labelling proposal was slammed by several member states at a meeting last month, a newly-published summary reveals.

European Food Law Food Policy

Tea claiming to be “detoxifying” breaches EU health claims regulation

A tea company has been told to stop using the health claim “detox” for its product because it breaches the EU’s nutrition and health claims Regulation (1924/2006), despite exemptions in place for products on the market before 2005.

Europe European Food Law

UK government committee welcomes Tesco move on “best before” dates

An influential committee of the UK’s House of Commons has welcomed plans by retailer Tesco to remove “Best Before” dates from some packaging in a move aimed at reducing food waste.

Europe United Kingdom

Romania may legislate on meat/dairy products that also contain non-animal ingredients

The Romanian parliament is currently deliberating on a draft bill that would allow the country’s regulatory authorities to force food producers to change the names of their products if they contain less than 95% of animal-based ingredients.

Europe Romania

German supermarket introduces method of production labelling

German supermarket chain, Lidl, has introduced a new labelling system that gives consumers a quick way of assessing how high the standards are in the production of its' fresh meat range.

Germany European Food Law
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Geographical Indications

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US Senators call for protection of US cheese from EU GIs

As the US, Mexico and Canada finish re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), senators are urging the Trump administration to protect the use of common cheese names.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

GI schemes to be made simpler and more flexible under new CAP

The schemes of EU geographical indications (GIs) will be made simpler and more flexible under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
EU European Agricultural Policy

GI-protected Italian hams ‘were sold fraudulently’

The Turin Public Prosecutor’s Office confiscated 300,000 hams and investigated 140 farms in 2017 as part of a suspected fraud and brand counterfeiting case. 
EU European Agricultural Policy

Committee warns UK not to 'rush in' to trade talks with US

The House of Commons International Trade Committee has concluded the UK government should not enter into trade negotiations with the US without first establishing a “clear, comprehensive and evidence-based trade strategy.”

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

UN report hails benefits of protected status for foods

A new study published by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has found that food products linked to their place of origin promote sustainable development and can be worth 20% to 50% more in economic value.

International Europe

EU-Mexico deal ‘gives away’ cheese names, hurts Mexico, U.S. dairy says

The EU-Mexico trade deal that appears to enact new restrictions on the use of common cheese names is ringing alarm bells for U.S. dairy producers.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy
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Allergens

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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

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
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Advertising

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Tea claiming to be “detoxifying” breaches EU health claims regulation

A tea company has been told to stop using the health claim “detox” for its product because it breaches the EU’s nutrition and health claims Regulation (1924/2006), despite exemptions in place for products on the market before 2005.

Europe European Food Law

German supermarket introduces method of production labelling

German supermarket chain, Lidl, has introduced a new labelling system that gives consumers a quick way of assessing how high the standards are in the production of its' fresh meat range.

Germany European Food Law

Scotland aims to halve childhood obesity by 2030 with action on junk food marketing

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced plans to halve obesity by 2030 in a strategy that will include tackling junk food promotions.

Europe United Kingdom
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Health Claims

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Tea claiming to be “detoxifying” breaches EU health claims regulation

A tea company has been told to stop using the health claim “detox” for its product because it breaches the EU’s nutrition and health claims Regulation (1924/2006), despite exemptions in place for products on the market before 2005.

Europe European Food Law

Advert claiming milk linked to cancer is banned

An advertisement that appeared on buses in the UK promoting the vegan diet has been banned because it implied that drinking milk was linked to cancer.

Europe United Kingdom

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
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