Religious slaughter methods to be considered for debate in House of Commons

A Government e-petition launched by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and calling for the end of non-stun slaughter has surpassed 100,000 signatures, meaning that it must be considered for debate at the House of Commons.

Policy, Animal Welfare

Penalty for supermarkets that are unfair to suppliers moves forward

A legal measure that will see UK supermarkets fined up to 1% of their annual UK turnover if they are unfair to their suppliers has been laid before Parliament.

Upstream Downstream, UK

EFSA to host meeting on caffeine opinion

The European Food Safety Authority will present its draft opinion on the safety of caffeine at a scientific meeting in Brussels on 5 March just 10 days before a public consultation on the paper closes.

Food Safety & Standards, Guidelines

UK food industry cuts CO2 emissions, reduces waste and water use

The food industry in the UK has reported a 35% drop in their carbon dioxide emissions, as well as a reduction in waste and water use.

Environment, Climate Change, Waste Management, Sustainability, UK

EFSA rejects Clarinol/Tonalin weight loss claim

A weightloss claim for BASF and Stepan Lipid Nutrition’s equimolar mixture sold under the trade names Clarinol® and Tonalin® has had the thumbs down from the European Food Safety Authority.

Health Claims, Decisions

MEPs to press Commission on alcohol labelling report

MEPs are stepping up the pressure on the Commission to publish an overdue report looking into the feasibility of introducing calorie and other labelling on alcoholic drinks and are due to adopt an oral question at a 29 January meeting of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee.

Tex-Mex products found to be inadequately labelled in Norway

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has found inadequate labelling on a number of Tex-Mex foods – the foods that mix American and Mexican cuisine. The authority’s analysis of Tex-Mex food products found that four out of eight products had a nutritional content that differed from the one shown on the label.

Labelling, Country Reports

EFSA clears probiotic milk product as novel food ingredient

Probiotic milk products are one step closer to approval as novel foods after the European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) gave them the thumbs up in a risk assessment.

Labelling, Novel Foods

Still illegal to sell GM foods in Norway

The Norwegian climate and environment ministry has not actively banned two types of genetically modified maize approved in the EU, but there are limitations in place. The maize types currently cannot be grown in Norway or sold as food.

Labelling, GM, Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Country Reports

Nanomaterials must be detectable to label them, EU official says

The Commission’s labelling supremo Basil Mathioudakis has criticised calls from consumer and green groups as well as many MEPs for the definition of nanomaterials that must be labelled as ‘nano’ in the list of ingredients to be based on a 10% nanoparticle threshold.

Labelling, Novel Foods, Food Technology, Nanotechnology

UK cereal manufacturers “not reducing sugar content”

Cereal manufacturers in the UK have come under fire for failing to reduce sugar in their products. The campaign group Action on Sugar says that the content of the highest sugar containing cereals have “either increased or stayed the same since 2012”.

Health, UK

Listeria infections from ready-to-eat food rises, EU report shows

Listeriosis infections mainly from Listeria in ready-to-eat foods are on the rise in Europe, according to the latest annual zoonoses report from two EU agencies.

Food Safety & Standards, Investigations

EFSA sticks to its guns over rejected PhaseLite weight loss claim

The European Food Safety Authority has stuck to its guns over a June 2014 opinion that supplement maker InQpharm’s weight loss claim for its white kidney bean extract product PhaseLite was not backed by scientific evidence.

Health Claims, Decisions

EFSA responses to comments on rejected claims are not sent to companies

Applicants that send comments reacting to European Food Safety Authority opinions on their health claims need to look for the response on a dedicated website as neither the agency nor the Commission will send it directly to the company, EU Food Law has learned.

Health Claims, Procedure

US experts call for food advertising controls for under 15s

A national panel of experts convened by Healthy Eating Research (HER) released a study on January 20th that recommends food marketers should restrict advertising to children up to 14 years of age, not up to 11 years old as recommended by the industry’s benchmark, the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI).

Advertising, Children and Young People, Health, Americas

Pressure grows in UK for ban on junk food adverts before 9pm

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has stepped up the pressure for a ban on the advertising of foods high in salt, fat and sugar before 9pm. The foundation is just one of a number of influential voices calling for a 9pm “watershed”. The UK Labour Party, currently in opposition, has also said it would introduce a junk food ban before 9pm if it gets elected in May. However, the ISBA, a body representing British advertisers is fighting the policy proposals.

Advertising, Children and Young People, Restrictions & Rules, UK

MEPs and Council agree rules to implement discards ban

The Council and the European Parliament 29 January clinched a deal on implementing rules for the EU’s discards ban in informal ‘trilogue’ talks with the Commission.

Policy, Environment, Waste Management

Latvian presidency makes nutrition a priority

Latvia is to make healthy lifestyles including good nutrition, physical activity and EU alcohol policy, a priority in the health field for its six months at the helm of the EU Council, MEPs heard on 22 January.

Health, Promotion, Policy