The European Parliament could challenge the Commission over a proposal to approve Pioneer’s 1507 genetically modified corn for cultivation in the EU.
The European Parliament should grant discharge to the 2012 accounts of both the European Food Safety Authority and the Commission when it comes to expenditure at its health and consumers directorate general (DG SANCO), according to German Socialist MEP and budget specialist Jutta Haug.
A written declaration on labelling of meat and poultry products from ritually slaughtered animals is set to fall next week as it has failed to drum up enough support among MEPs.
The EU needs a system of voluntary codes of best practice along the food chain, backed up by legislation, stressed EU umbrella farm union Copa-Cogeca at a workshop in Brussels on Wednesday.
The controversial food labelling mandate calling for frontal ingredient listings with a traffic light colour scheme and the removal of internationally recognised product images is generating vigorous pushback from Ecuador’s food industry leaders.
The European Commission’s decision last week to ask member states to approve a genetically modified maize for cultivation in the EU has predictably brought a mixed reaction from industry, non-governmental organisations and political groups, our sister publication Agra Europe reports.
Less than half of the EU’s 28 Member States have signed up for joint action under an EU action plan on childhood obesity that is due to be launched next year.
The European Commission is calling on EU Member States to beef up their monitoring and reduction programmes for dioxins, furans and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in food and feed in a 3 December recommendation.
The European Food Safety Authority does not have the resources to provide companies with pre-submission meetings on claims or in any other area, Valeriu Curtui, the head of the agency’s Nutrition Unit underlined at a technical meeting this week in Parma.
The European Food Safety Authority has upheld its March 2013 opinion that consumption of 2 g/day of plant stanols (as plant stanol esters) as part of a diet low in saturated fat results in a two-fold greater reduction in LDL-cholesterol concentrations compared with consuming a diet low in saturated fat alone.
The food and advertising industry’s ‘Pledge’ to curb advertising of products high in fat, sugar and salt to children made through the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health must be updated regularly according to Health Commissioner Tonio Borg.
The European Food Safety Authority was once again the centre of a row about conflicts of interests this week after the Commission published a shortlist of candidates to fill seven places on the agency’s Management Board, including FoodDrinkEurope’s Beate Kettlitz.