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Labelling

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Cereal makers accused of “deliberately” confusing shoppers on sugar amount with “deceptive labels”

Manufacturers of breakfast cereals in the UK have come under fire this week by campaign group Action on Sugar for "deliberately" confusing shoppers over the sugar content of their products. Action on Sugar says that the colour coding or “traffic light” labelling scheme is being used in differing ways across products, making consumers unsure whether some products contain unhealthy sugar levels.

European Food Law

Norway introduces clearer salt content labelling

The Norwegian government has introduced new labelling for pre-packaged products which will make it easier to see how much salt a food product contains. The labelling scheme was necessary because Norwegians currently consume twice as much salt as they should.

European Food Law

Italy demands support for Europe’s rice growers

Italy, together with France, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Portugal and Romania, has urged the European Commission to urgently address the current unfavourable situation in the rice market by putting into place operational measures to support the sector, Italy’s Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies has announced.

European Food Law Agribusiness

Romanian parliament drafts honey labelling law

The Romanian parliament has drafted a law imposing additional labelling requirements on local producers, processors and importers of honey.

European Food Law Advertising

WHO pushing for alcohol labelling in EU

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe has thrown its weight behind efforts to introduce alcohol labelling in the EU, notably with a report and presentation to the 21 July informal health ministerial in Tallin, Estonia.
European Food Law Labeling

Guinness kicks off nutritional labelling on beer in Ireland

Nutritional information and alcohol content will feature on 500ml cans of the beer brand Guinness sold in Ireland as part of an initiative by drinks giant Diageo. Drinks companies have been under pressure for some years to provide nutritional labelling on alcoholic drinks, ever since they were exempt from such labelling in the EU’s Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation.

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Geographical Indications

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EU awards protected status for smoked salmon, making it a first for London

A type of smoked salmon processed in three boroughs of London has won European Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. The EU award was welcomed by Michael Gove, the UK environment secretary, as a testament to the country’s food culture.

European Food Law Labeling

Turkey gets EU protected status for food, discusses “mutual interests” with Europe

The European Commission has this week approved the addition of a Turkish food product to the EU's register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO).  "Malatya Kayısısı", a dried apricot, is the third Turkish product to win protected status under the EU scheme. Significantly, the award ceremony was also used by EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan to promote closer trade between the EU and Turkey.

European Food Law Labeling

EU grants protected status to Polish sausage

The European Commission has granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status to a pork sausage from Poland this week. More details about the EU’s agricultural produce schemes can be found on our Eurofood Monitor site here.

European Food Law Labeling

Spirit drinks “must not lose GI protection” says MEP

Spanish centre right MEP, Pilar Ayuso, has stressed the importance of protecting existing geographical indications (GIs) in a draft report on a proposal to revise EU rules on the definition, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks.

European Food Law Food Safety and Standards

MEPs eye veto of law that could wipe out weight loss products

A draft law that manufacturers warn would wipe out many total diet replacement (TDR) products for weight loss could be vetoed by the European Parliament.

European Food Law Food Safety and Standards

Nutrient profiles could hit GIs, say food industry groups

A group of national and sectoral food industry associations are calling on the Commission not to enact nutrient profiles and warning they could hit traditional products protected by geographical indications (GIs).

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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.

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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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Norwegian firms’ Youtube adverts breached rules on selling to children

The self-policing food industry group in Norway that protects against marketing to children, the MFU, is in agreement with lodged complaints against Mondelez, Orkla Confectionary & Snacks, and Ringnes regarding their use of YouTube stars in order to promote their products. The group states that the content’s humour is especially appealing to younger audiences, and is thus in violation of Norwegian regulations.  

European Food Law Advertising

Cereal makers accused of “deliberately” confusing shoppers on sugar amount with “deceptive labels”

Manufacturers of breakfast cereals in the UK have come under fire this week by campaign group Action on Sugar for "deliberately" confusing shoppers over the sugar content of their products. Action on Sugar says that the colour coding or “traffic light” labelling scheme is being used in differing ways across products, making consumers unsure whether some products contain unhealthy sugar levels.

European Food Law

UK advert for follow-on milk sparks complaint

An email sent out by UK baby and children’s retailer, Mothercare, promoting Nestlé’s SMA PRO Follow-On Milk product, sparked a complaint from the campaign group Baby Milk Action. The group claimed that the advert confused infant formula with follow-on formula but the regulator disagreed in a ruling published today.

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Health Claims

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Cereal makers accused of “deliberately” confusing shoppers on sugar amount with “deceptive labels”

Manufacturers of breakfast cereals in the UK have come under fire this week by campaign group Action on Sugar for "deliberately" confusing shoppers over the sugar content of their products. Action on Sugar says that the colour coding or “traffic light” labelling scheme is being used in differing ways across products, making consumers unsure whether some products contain unhealthy sugar levels.

European Food Law

Romanian parliament drafts honey labelling law

The Romanian parliament has drafted a law imposing additional labelling requirements on local producers, processors and importers of honey.

European Food Law Advertising

EFSA rejects blood glucose claim for brown rice

The Loc Troi group’s bid to have its claim for Vibigaba (germinated brown rice) contributing to long-term maintenance of normal blood glucose concentration authorised at EU level has ended with a negative opinion from the European Food Safety Authority.

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