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UK proposes restrictions on the use of food and drink promotions

The UK government has proposed new rules that would restrict retailers from using promotions of food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS), such as “buy one get one free”.

European Food Law Europe

Dutch advertising authority rules apple juice concentrate, other juices, are added sweeteners

In a series of decisions, the Dutch Advertising Code Committee (RCC) has ruled against ‘no added sugars’ claims on products which have been sweetened with date paste, apple juice concentrate and concentrated beet juice.

European Food Law Netherlands

Small soft drink producer fights court battle with Coca-Cola in Norway

Norwegian soft drinks company O. Mathiesen has entered a court battle with Coca-Cola on Norway over the name of a lemon-lime drink.

European Food Law Norway

EU set to name three generic descriptors allowed under health claims law

Three generic descriptors are set to be formally recognised under the EU’s health and nutrition claims regulation (NHCR - 1924/2006) through a proposal currently before the European Parliament and Council for scrutiny.

European Food Law Advertising

Germany’s nutrition strategy kicks off, amid criticism for its voluntary approach

A strategy to tackle diet-related illnesses and reduce obesity, particularly in children and young people, officially kicked off in Germany at the beginning of this month.

European Food Law Germany

Poland identifies industry malpractice with meat products

Poland’s Trade Inspection Authority recently checked 272 batches of protected food products at 81 different locations. The agency found that 14% of these items potentially breached rules on quality or labelling.

European Food Law Europe
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Geographical Indications

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Bolsonaro and Macri boost hopes for EU-Mercosur trade agreement

Hopes that an EU-Mercosur trade deal can be pushed over the line were revived today (January 16) as the Presidents of Argentina and Brazil voiced strong support for advancing the South American bloc's trade agenda.

EU Mercosur

US eyes agriculture, food safety in objectives for EU trade talks

Agriculture and food safety are among the topics the US wants included in free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union (EU), despite the EU's reluctance, according to negotiating objectives released late last week by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Poland identifies industry malpractice with meat products

Poland’s Trade Inspection Authority recently checked 272 batches of protected food products at 81 different locations. The agency found that 14% of these items potentially breached rules on quality or labelling.

European Food Law Europe

Scotch Whisky wins protected status in Indonesia, but vintage fakes uncovered in UK

A Scotch Whisky Association's (SWA’s) application to register "Scotch Whisky" as a Geographical Indication (GI) in Indonesia has been successful.

European Food Law Europe

US food and ag groups say US-EU trade talks must tackle ag issues

Leading U.S. food and farm groups are warning the Trump administration not to exclude agriculture from a new U.S/EU trade deal.
US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

USTR hears from food, ag groups with wish list for US-EU trade deal

Food and ag groups are calling on the Trump administration to push a U.S.-EU trade deal that fixes a range of EU policies, such as reversing Geographical Indications (GIs) for cheeses, biotechnology restrictions and meat standards, to open up the bloc to more U.S. foods.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy
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Allergens

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Campaigners hit out at Commission approval of multi-event GM maize

Munich-based campaign group Testbiotech has hit out at the Commission’s approval of the Bayer/Monsanto genetically modified maize in some 14 different sub-combinations, shortly before the end of year recess.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Good farm hygiene crucial to stop antimicrobial resistance – FAO

By simply adopting good hygiene practices during the daily farm operations, farmers can play a vital role in stemming the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has said.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Commission adopts communication on endocrine disruptors

The European Commission has adopted a Communication setting out a European approach to endocrine disruptors to protect EU citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals.

EU European Agricultural Policy

IEG Policy’s October Top 10: FDA agenda, growth of blockchain and CAP strategic plans

The US Food and Drug Administration outlined its priority list for the coming months in October, while applications of blockchain technology in the agriculture and food supply chain are forecast to grow considerably, and EU officials and academics debated the new CAP’s strategic plans.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EU sees sharp increase in reports of food risks to health

The number of notifications from the EU’s alert system for food and feed risks rose by more than a quarter over the last year, largely as a result of the fipronil egg and Brazilian poultry scandals.

Food Safety and Standards EU

Mainstream pesticide evaluations do not look at exposure to multiple chemicals

Current assessments of pesticides' safety by regulatory agencies do not evaluate the “cocktail effect” that the cumulative use of different chemicals may have on humans, animals and the environment, a scholar has said.

EU United States
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Advertising

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Report calls for transformation of global diets to deliver sustainable food systems

Diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, a report published in the Lancet medical journal warns.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

UK proposes restrictions on the use of food and drink promotions

The UK government has proposed new rules that would restrict retailers from using promotions of food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS), such as “buy one get one free”.

European Food Law Europe

Dutch advertising authority rules apple juice concentrate, other juices, are added sweeteners

In a series of decisions, the Dutch Advertising Code Committee (RCC) has ruled against ‘no added sugars’ claims on products which have been sweetened with date paste, apple juice concentrate and concentrated beet juice.

European Food Law Netherlands
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Health Claims

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EU set to name three generic descriptors allowed under health claims law

Three generic descriptors are set to be formally recognised under the EU’s health and nutrition claims regulation (NHCR - 1924/2006) through a proposal currently before the European Parliament and Council for scrutiny.

European Food Law Advertising

More people pledge to go meat-free in 2019

Rising numbers of people have vowed to adopt a vegan diet at the start of the new year, motivated by concerns over animal welfare, health and the environment.

International EU

EFSA sticks to its guns in rejecting Symbiosis health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has upheld its position that a health claim for Han-Biotech’s Symbiosal® was not backed by scientific evidence in a statement published December 13.

European Food Law Food Policy
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