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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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