European Parliament elects Juncker Commission

The European Parliament has approved the new college of Commissioners with President Jean-Claude Juncker at its helm in a 22 October vote.

Institutional

French supermarket’s labelling system criticised

French supermarket chain Carrefour has been criticised by medical and consumers groups for the way it labels its food to guide consumers on their diet.

Labelling, Health and Nutrition, France

Canada, Mexico welcomes US COOL defeat

Trade and agriculture ministers of both Canada and Mexico today welcomed a ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that has found US country of origin (COOL) meat labelling to be in breach of trade rules.

Labelling, Country of Origin, Americas

Cap caffeine in energy drinks, say WHO academics

The sale and marketing of energy drinks should be restricted and their caffeine levels capped for the benefit of public health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

Policy, Health

EFSA green light for DHA infant brain development claim

DSM Nutritional Products’ claim related to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and contribution to normal brain development has had the go ahead from the European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA).

Health Claims, Decisions

FIC December deadline: “size and language matters”

Although food safety is a key issue in the new EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation (1169/2011) due for compliance by 13th December this year, the main focus of the regulation is in fact on telling the truth, writes regulatory analyst Liz Tucker.

UKIP MEP wants pub allergen labelling rules scrapped

UK Independence Party MEP Paul Nuttall is calling on the British government to scrap rules requiring pubs and other outlets selling meals from having to give allergy information from 13 December under the food information to consumers regulation.

Labelling

Meat labelling hit by ECJ ruling

Calls to change the way the EU classifies mechanically separated meat (MSM) suffered a setback week when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled against British company Newby Foods following a lengthy legal battle.

Labelling

MEPs baulk at giving biotech firms a say on GM opt-outs

MEPs are reluctant to grant biotech firms a say in national bans on EU-approved genetically modified organisms it became clear during a European Parliament discussion this week.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

MEPs say co-existence rules needed to back national GMO bans

A cross-party selection of MEPs agreed this week that strict co-existence rules are needed at EU level to enable member states to introduce effective national opt-outs and bans on cultivation of genetically modified organisms.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Policy

Up to 12,000 infected with swine MRSA in Denmark

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Danish Health and Medicines Authority have failed massively with regards to the spread of swine bacteria, says MRSA expert and professor Hans Kolmos.

Food Safety & Standards

Food industry calls for renewal of High Level Forum

Calls have come from across the food industry for the Commission to renew the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain, which held its last meeting under the current mandate on 15 October.

Food Safety & Standards, Policy

EFSA rejects infant formula probiotic claim

A claim about a probiotic added to infant formula reducing gastrointestinal discomfort has had the thumbs down from the European Food Safety Authority.

Health Claims, Decisions

Red Bull settles lawsuit over its performance claims

Red Bull has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $13 million after plaintiffs challenged Red Bull’s marketing claims that the energy drink improves mental and physical performance, reports Food Chemical News.

Health Claims, Americas

Portuguese tighten control on alcohol advertising

Advertising of alcoholic beverages, specifically wines and spirits, in Portugal is now subject to new restrictions following the introduction of fresh limitations, such as a ban on the use of under-age (younger than 21) protagonists  and the use of public figures (real or fictitious) with notoriety among the under-age population.

Advertising, Restrictions & Rules, Portugal

Advertisers praise EU move on traffic light labelling

A body representing British advertisers has welcomed the EU legal move against the UK’s traffic light labelling scheme. The European Commission has called the scheme “over-simplistic” and discriminatory and has given the UK two months to respond to complaints from industry.

Labelling, Health and Nutrition, Advertising, Public Opinion

Cutting sugar alone will not solve obesity, says Starch Europe

Starch Europe has hit back at any suggestion that cutting sugar consumption alone would end obesity, in calling on the EU and individual Member States to ensure that nutrition-policy is based on robust science.

Policy, Health

“Made in Europe” label could be “engine for growth”

Increased exports of high quality agricultural products can provide the EU with an important engine for growth in the coming years, outgoing Farm Commissioner Dacian Cioloș has said.

Labelling, Policy