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Germany wants EU label for top animal welfare standards

Germany wants a new EU label linked to higher animal welfare standards to help increase profits for livestock farmers and spread best practices, but the criteria for such a scheme risks creating tensions between member states.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Pan-Europe petition to make origin labelling mandatory passes one million signatures

Italy’s farmers’group, Coldiretti, has announced that 1.1 million signatures have now been collected across Europe in support of the pan-European “Eat ORIGINal! Unmask your food” petition that appeals to the European Commission to guarantee more transparency in food labelling.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Wojciechowski says Commission does not intend to amend honey origin labelling rules

The Commission does not intend to amend current EU honey labelling rules despite growing pressure from MEPs and some member states to end labels stating, “blend of EU honeys”, “blend of non-EU honeys” or “blend of EU and non-EU honeys”.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Commission launches calls for agri-food promotion campaigns

The European Commission is accepting applications for new programmes to promote EU agri-food products at home and abroad.

EU International

EU body to call for common European labels including environmental and social information

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is next month due to adopt an own initiative opinion calling for common EU food labels containing not only nutrition details but also environmental and social information.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU’s eAmbrosia database now covers all GIs

The European Commission unveiled the revamped eAmbrosia database containing all EU geographical indications (GIs) on January 10.

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Geographical Indications

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UK food industry sounds warning over rules of origin in future FTAs

A free trade agreement with the European Union would be “worthless” for the UK agri-food sector if it is not accompanied by a careful-crafted deal on Rules of Origin for manufactured food products, the UK’s main food industry lobby group has warned.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Pan-Europe petition to make origin labelling mandatory passes one million signatures

Italy’s farmers’group, Coldiretti, has announced that 1.1 million signatures have now been collected across Europe in support of the pan-European “Eat ORIGINal! Unmask your food” petition that appeals to the European Commission to guarantee more transparency in food labelling.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Key European Parliament committee backs EU-Vietnam free trade agreement

The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee January 21 backed the free trade and investment protection agreements between the EU and Vietnam.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Winemakers call on MEPs to back EU-Vietnam Trade Agreement

The European wine industry association (CEEV) called on the European Parliament’s International Trade (INTA) Committee to support the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in a January 21 vote.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU agriculture policy diary (January 20-24): Council chair and Wojciechowski meet MEPs

The new Croatian Council Presidency will present its priorities for agriculture, environment and trade policies to members of the European Parliament this week.

EU Vietnam

US-EU cooperation key to addressing trade challenges: EU Trade Commissioner

Bridging the gap between the US and European Union (EU) on global trade issues is key to promoting shared values on free and fair trade, but more work is needed on that front, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said at an event hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today (Jan. 16).

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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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Protecting children from junk food marketing a human rights issue

Protecting children from harmful marketing practices for products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) is a human rights issue and governments that are a party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) “have a duty to protect, respect and fulfil children’s right to health,” according to a major new report from the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF).

European Food Law US Food Policy

New European Commission banks early success on its Green Deal

The European Commission is introducing a new growth strategy for Europe with a core focus on sustainability. Steve Gillman looks at how this will shape European food and agriculture for years to come.

EU European Agricultural Policy

JRC says TV ads law reform should be used for general crackdown on marketing to children

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) is recommending member states extend self-regulatory and co-regulatory advertising codes on junk food and alcohol marketing to children under a revised EU directive to cover not just television and streaming platforms but also other media, such as billboards.

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Moderate red meat consumption remains vital to balanced diets, says professor

Eating red meat in moderation remains vital for a healthy balanced diet, as some plants and fish are being drained of their nutritional value, an Irish professor has argued.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Environment MEPs want stronger pesticide reduction in the next CAP

Current EU policies to protect pollinators are too weak to protect biodiversity and a stronger approach is needed in agricultural policy, according to the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI).

EU European Agricultural Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

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