A European Court of Justice judge – advocate general Yves Bot - has advised that Scottish government plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol risks creating trade barriers in the EU single market.
The European Parliament’s agriculture and rural development committee (AGRI committee) has called for a controversial proposal to allow individual member states to ban EU-authorised GMO imports to be rejected.
Only one of three Norwegians really cares where his or her food comes from, according to researchers. If Norwegian consumers are to still choose Norwegian, the focus must be on what benefits the food has for them.
The Commission has defended its decision to allow the European Food Safety Authority to keep the final version of its assessment report on the controversial pesticide glyphosate under wraps despite a complaint from Munich-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) Testbiotech.
Lithuania is to require country of origin labelling on certain dairy products from 1 January 2016 under a draft law notified to the European Commission last month.
Czech Liberal MEP Dita Charanzová has asked the European Commission whether it considers companies using the same brand name for different food products is misleading to consumers, arguing at the same time that it is.
A food industry bid to block Vermont’s GMO labelling law wrongly belittles the state’s “well-supported concerns” about GM foods “as a sop to idle curiosity” and should be rejected, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell said in a legal brief filed Monday August 24 with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Food Chemical News reports.
The Lithuanian government has made a proposal to introduce compulsory labelling for food products which contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The measure has been drafted by the country’s Ministry of Justice, and it could result with an amendment to Lithuania’s law on genetically modified organisms.
The European Commission has denied allegations that it is planning to ease restrictions on trace levels of unauthorised genetically modified organisms entering the EU.
EU Member States are to monitor the presence of arsenic in a wide variety of foods over three years to generate data that will allow the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to carry out a risk assessment based on exposure. Germany only recently demanded that arsenic in rice products be investigated by EFSA.
The US is to open its market to exports of beef, pork, sheep and goat meat and derived products from Lithuania, lifting a ban on imports that applies to all EU Member States apart from Ireland.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has so far shied away from regulating “natural” claims, has been asked to step in on a recent case involving Aspire Beverage Company’s (ABC) Aspire sports drinks.
The European Food Safety Authority is sticking to its guns over a December 2014 opinion rejecting a weight-loss claim for BASF and Stepan Lipid Nutrition’s equimolar mixture sold under the trade names Clarinol® and Tonalin®.
An advertisement directed towards children and young people for energy drink manufacturer Cult was found to have violated the Danish Marketing Act by indirectly encouraging violence or using violence as a tool in an improper manner. Cult was sentenced to pay a fine of DKK 100,000 (Euros13,400) as a result of the violation.
The sister body of the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), is offering to help better marketers’ knowledge and understanding of the alcohol rules, for a fee. The purpose of the training is to reduce the number of complaints about adverts and the number of forced withdrawal of adverts due to the flouting of rules.
As the French food waste law forcing supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity now looks set to go ahead, supermarkets last week agreed to a voluntary commitment to preserve unsold food stocks and encourage its redistribution to community projects.
The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Regional Office for Europe has cited marketing of breast-milk substitutes among the key reasons for low breastfeeding rates.
By Vladimir Pekic
By Sara Lewis