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Food industry makes official complaint against Italy over country-of-origin labelling

The food industry association, FoodDrinkEurope, has made an official complaint to the European Commission over Italy’s enactment of laws on origin labelling. The association alleges that Italy's national laws are against EU law and wants them repealed.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

UK teachers call for ban on energy drinks in schools

Energy drinks should be banned from schools because they are distracting children from their work, a UK teaching union has said, as new research is published about the availability of the drinks.

European Food Law Food Policy

EU extends organic pullet plus pig and poultry feed waivers a year

The European Commission has extended both an organic egg production and pig and poultry feed waiver by another year until 31 December 2018.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Commission criticised for self-regulatory approach to alcohol labelling

The European Commission came under fire at the 8 December Health Council for taking a self-regulatory approach to alcohol labelling rather than proposing an end to the exemption for drinks containing over 1.2% alcohol by volume (ABV) from the 2011 food information to consumers regulation (FIC – 1169/2011).

European Food Law Advertising

Plain packaging laws “major threat” to food and drink industry

Legislation introduced in the EU on the packaging of tobacco products could have a major impact on the food and drinks industry if such legislation was extended to the sector, a report out today claims.

European Food Law Advertising

Mondelez director defends new colour coded Evolved Nutrition Label

A director from one of the six companies that together unveiled the Evolved Nutrition Label at a meeting last week, has spoken out in defence of the portion-based colour coded nutrition labelling scheme.

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Geographical Indications

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EU set to liberalise farm imports from Mercosur under new offer

The European Union is poised to offer Mercosur a deal which will offer completely free trade on 83% of agri-food imports from the South American bloc within 10 years.

European Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

China agrees to allow more French meat imports by the end of year

French economy minister Bruno Le Maire has said China will approve pigmeat imports from more French meat suppliers before the end of this year, while also vowing to accelerate moves to allow imports of French beef.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Polish sausage awarded PGI status

A traditional Polish sausage is the latest agri-food product to be granted protection on the EU’s internal market.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EU countries give Commission green light to start trade talks with Chile

Member states have approved a mandate for the EU executive to start negotiations to upgrade the bloc’s existing association agreement with Chile. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Wine and spirit industry calls for Brexit clarity

European wine and spirit industry associations have stressed that “no deal” is not an acceptable outcome from the Brexit negotiations and insist details of a transitional arrangement must be announced by the end of March 2018 to ensure that “historic” trade flows between the UK and EU are not disrupted. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

US groups angered by EU granting PGI status for Danbo cheese

The EU has provoked fierce international criticism by registering the Danish cheese type ‘Danbo’ as a protected geographical indication (PGI) - with US groups in particular expressing their disappointment at the decision. 

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Allergens

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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

US officials, industry and consumers probe growing food allergen problem

With a growing number of recalls associated with allergens and an increasing number of consumers who suffer from food allergies, allergens will likely be the next big challenge that the food industry will battle in the coming decades. From labelling and testing, to establishing safety practices, the food industry is only beginning to see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to issues related to allergens, says Shawn Stevens, founder of Food Industry Counsel Inc., which represents food industry clients.

European Food Law Food Safety and Standards

Nordic review of allergen labelling underway

The Swedish National Food Administration, along with several other Nordic country food authorities, is currently carrying out checks to ensure that food businesses are complying with allergen labelling legislation.

European Food Law Labeling

Allergen labelling required on caseins sold B2B from end 2016

Allergen labelling is to be required on caseins and their water-soluble form caseinates, from 22 December 2016, even though the milk proteins are only sold business-to-business (B2B).

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Advertising

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UK teachers call for ban on energy drinks in schools

Energy drinks should be banned from schools because they are distracting children from their work, a UK teaching union has said, as new research is published about the availability of the drinks.

European Food Law Food Policy

Commission criticised for self-regulatory approach to alcohol labelling

The European Commission came under fire at the 8 December Health Council for taking a self-regulatory approach to alcohol labelling rather than proposing an end to the exemption for drinks containing over 1.2% alcohol by volume (ABV) from the 2011 food information to consumers regulation (FIC – 1169/2011).

European Food Law Advertising

Plain packaging laws “major threat” to food and drink industry

Legislation introduced in the EU on the packaging of tobacco products could have a major impact on the food and drinks industry if such legislation was extended to the sector, a report out today claims.

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Health Claims

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Advert for Heinz beans praising product’s protein content pulled down

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told Heinz not to air a particular television advertisement for its baked beans product again because the advert compared the protein content in the beans with that of a protein drink.

European Food Law Advertising

Canada moves ahead with front-of-package labeling

Canada is taking steps to implement its new, mandatory front-of-package (FOP) labeling requirements for food products, and those changes may affect existing FOP food labeling formats, including the “Facts Up Front” initiative by the Grocery Manufacturing Association (GMA) and the Food Manufacturing Institute (FMI).
US Food Policy Health Claims

Resarchers analyse EU health claims decisions, make recommendations for successful applications

Researchers at a British university have developed recommendations to help food firms “successfully substantiate” new health claims in the EU, a regulatory hurdle that has improved virtually impossible for many companies.

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