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Traceability and Supply Chain

Traceability & Supply Chain

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Academic study says Bayer-Monsanto tie-up should be blocked

The proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto should be blocked under EU competition rules, as divesting particular assets would not address the underlying concerns, a new study has found.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

New guidelines to step up food donation at EU level

The European Commission has adopted new steps to make food donation easier in the EU by clarifying relevant rules and helping lift barriers to food donations. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Industry questions dual quality food claims

The food industry is questioning the validity of claims about so-called ‘dual quality foods’ whereby brands sold in Eastern Europe are supposedly of inferior quality to those in the West. FoodDrinkEurope Director General, Mella Frewen, welcomed the European Commission’s plans to develop a standard EU methodology to test for quality differences at the 13 October Bratislava Summit for equal quality of products for all.
European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Law easing Fukushima import controls in translation

A Commission implementing regulation that will ease import controls imposed on Japanese food and feed following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident is currently in translation from English into the EU’s 23 other official languages.
European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

UK to launch inquiry into 2 Sisters poultry plant and wider food chain

The House of Commons’ Environment Food and Rural Affairs committee is to launch an inquiry into allegations of food safety breaches at the 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich poultry plant. The allegations were made in September by undercover reporters who worked at the plant and claimed, among other things, that slaughter dates on chickens were being changed.

European Food Law Compliance and Enforcement

France commits to basing food pricing on farmers' production costs

French President Emmunuel Macron has committed to effectively reversing the country’s food chain pricing structure so that it starts with what farmers need to cover their production costs and then moves forward to the retail point. 

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Environment & Conservation

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Norway split over climate tax on meat

Research in Norway has found that slightly more people are against a “climate tax” on meat as they are in favour of it. Meat consumption continues to rise year-or-year in Norway and the financial measure is being viewed as a possible way to brake the growth.

 

European Food Law Tax Policy

Intensive farming produces less nutritious food, destroys environment warns WWF

Six intensively reared chickens today have the same amount of omega-3 as found in just one chicken in the 1970s, environmental NGO, WWF, warns in a new report out today. The reduction in nutritional benefits is also seen in farmed fish, the report, called “Appetite for Destruction”, notes.

European Food Law Agribusiness

Commission to ‘reflect’ after MEPs veto EU endocrine disruptors criteria

“The Commission will now need to reflect on next steps to take,” the EU executive said following the European Parliament’s 4 October vote to block its adoption of criteria to determine which pesticides are endocrine disruptors.
European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Misshapen strawberries, unharvested lettuces add to “unnecessary” UK food waste

An environmental NGO has brought together producers, hospitality businesses and retailers in the UK to tackle food waste at the primary production level. WRAP, a charity that works with government and the private sector on food waste reduction, most recently found that strawberries were being wasted because they were misshapen and lettuce was left unharvested because of inaccurate weather forecasting.

European Food Law Food Policy

Analysis: Food safety and animal welfare will be familiar issues in UK-US trade talks

Before leaping into any bilateral trade deal with the United States, UK politicians should consider why the long-drawn negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the EU has not only been fraught with disagreement, but is seemingly now dead in the water. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Global companies vow to harmonize date labeling by 2020

Around 400 large consumer goods companies operating across 70 countries have agreed to standardize food date labels worldwide by 2020 in order to reduce food waste, a major contributor to climate change. 

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Organics

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Is 'Blockchain' a panacea for frictionless agribusiness trade?

Blockchain technology is set to take the agribusiness sector by storm, according to some enthusiastic advocates. Aiming to enhance traceability and transparency across the world food chain, blockchain could also significantly enhance safety and shelf-life, while tackling fraud and preventing agro-terrorism.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Merkel's authority intact, but diminished, as German fringe parties make gains

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been elected for a record-equalling fourth term in office - but her government is set to have an unfamiliar complexion, after a significant move away from Germany’s establishment parties in Sunday’s (September 24) election.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

‘Far from perfect’ organic sector deal debated at annual congress

While far from perfect, the compromise agreement on new EU organic sector rules that should enter into force in June 2020 will ultimately be of benefit to the sector, stakeholders at the annual EU organic sector congress have said.

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