Only nine out of 28 Member States are getting involved from the start in an ‘EU’ action plan on childhood obesity, which involves voluntary initiatives rather than regulation.
Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical officer, called this week for “some kind of sugar tax” to tackle the obesity crisis in the UK. But the food and drink industry was quick to put down the proposal, saying that it would “hit the poorest families hardest”.
The World Health Organisation is advising people to cut their sugar intake to around 25 grammes a day or about six teaspoons, half the amount recommended in 2002.
British Socialist MEP Glenis Willmott this week tweeted her backing for country of origin labelling on processed meat products, arguing that it would not mean a price hike.
All new Nutrition Facts panels would declare "added sugars," change sodium daily values and revamp serving sizes, according to two rules released at the end of February by First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House press conference, Food Chemical News Reports.
The Commission is to be asked to justify leaving offspring out of twin proposals on clones and cloning and food from clones as well as the legal basis used for the latter, which effectively curbs the European Parliament’s powers to amend or block the draft directive.
The food contact materials approved for use in the US are subject to rigorous review, and a new commentary suggesting otherwise is already being rejected by scientists around the world.
Enforcing internationally recognized food sanitation standards in Mexico City’s massive central wholesale market poses major challenges, but sizeable investment in a new laboratory facility and staff certification should substantially reduce the incidence of foodborne disease.
The European Food Safety Authority has rejected the view of supplement maker Oxylane-Aptonia that its claim related to glycaemic carbohydrates and recovery of normal muscle function (contraction) after strenuous exercise depended on different conditions of use than those set down in the scientific opinion.
The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered a company to remove “probiotic” claims from its website, following one consumer complaint.
Heineken’s press and television adverts for its beer Kronenbourg 1664 has been ruled as misleading because it states it is a French beer, but is brewed in the UK.
EU farmers’ organisation Copa-Cogeca has hit out at the result of a 20 February vote in the European Parliament which would see the agricultural sector charged fees for inspections.