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Traceability and Supply Chain

Traceability & Supply Chain

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Spirits producers say excise tax proposal could increase discrimination

Just hours after the European Commission unveiled a proposal to revise excise taxes on alcoholic drinks on 25 May Europe’s spirit’s producers warned it failed to address unfair distortions between different alcoholic beverages and risks increasing discrimination.

European Food Law Food Policy

UK retailers take action on plastic, as new “plastic free” logo is launched

Efforts to reduce the use of plastic in the food arena are picking up pace with a “plastic free” logo being launched and two large retailers announcing their own initiatives.

Europe United Kingdom

OECD urges governments to encourage plastic recycling, tax new plastics

The 35 member countries of the OECD are being urged to ensure that more plastic packaging is recycled “as a matter of urgency” to reduce pollution. Among the measures recommended include making consumers pay for single-use carrier bags, cutlery and drinking straws, and taxing manufacturers for using new, rather than recycled, plastics.

European Food Law Packaging

EU to extend ban on Bangladeshi betel leaves until mid-2020

The EU is once again extending its ban on betel leaf imports from Bangladesh this time until 30 June 2020.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Blockchain could improve halal traceability, technology firm says

With Muslim consumers seeking stronger assurances over the authenticity of Halal meat products, blockchain technology is increasingly being seen as an answer to global compliance issues.

International 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.

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Environment & Conservation

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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

UK retailers take action on plastic, as new “plastic free” logo is launched

Efforts to reduce the use of plastic in the food arena are picking up pace with a “plastic free” logo being launched and two large retailers announcing their own initiatives.

Europe United Kingdom

OECD urges governments to encourage plastic recycling, tax new plastics

The 35 member countries of the OECD are being urged to ensure that more plastic packaging is recycled “as a matter of urgency” to reduce pollution. Among the measures recommended include making consumers pay for single-use carrier bags, cutlery and drinking straws, and taxing manufacturers for using new, rather than recycled, plastics.

European Food Law Packaging

MEPS call for block on GM maize approvals

Proposed EU approvals for two genetically modified maize lines should be withdrawn, says the European Parliament’s Environment Committee.
Europe European Parliament

Lack of coherent EU food policy blocks transition to sustainable farming - report

Due to the absence of a coherent framework, the EU’s food-related policies are failing to adequately preserve the environment and make the farming sector more sustainable, new research has found.

CAP Food Policy

Wine producers call for reauthorisation of copper compounds at EU level

The European Federation of Origin Wines (EFOW) has called for the EU-wide renewal of copper compounds for the treatment of organically grown vines.

EU European Agricultural Policy
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Organics

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EU member states greenlight new organic rules for the bloc

The EU Council adopted new EU rules on organic production and the labelling of organic products. 
EU European Agricultural Policy

Organic farming acreage in the UK on the rise again

Organic farmland in the UK has increased for the first since 2008, according to the latest statistics on organic farming released by the country’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Europe United Kingdom

Marketing organic food and drink products in the EU and US

The ultimate goal of the efforts undertaken by organic producers to produce within the prescriptive guidelines is, of course, to be able to sell authenticated ‘organic’ products to the end-consumer.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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