New certification against food waste in Danish restaurants

A new green certification called Refood will help Danish restaurants bring attention to the fight against food waste. The goal is to have 10,000 members by 2020, writes foodkultur.dk.  

Approval & Certification, Environment, Waste Management, Sustainability, Food Security

MEPs pledge amendments on novel foods definition

MEPs including the Ulster Unionist Jim Nicholson responsible for writing the European Parliament’s report on the novel foods proposal have pledged to draw up amendments to end fears that hundreds of thousands of products could be inadvertently classed as novel.

Food Technology, Novel Foods

Council adopts first reading position on GMO cultivation

The General Affairs Council 23 July formally adopted a first reading position on a proposal to allow individual Member States to ban cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified organisms.

GM, Food Technology, Genetic Modification

Marine Harvest fined €20 million for jumping the gun on Marpol merger

The Commission has fined seafood producer Marine Harvest €20 million for taking control of rival Morpol some eight months before it sought EU merger clearance.

Trade

EFSA ups ADI for Sunset Yellow fourfold

The European Food Safety Authority has increased the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for the food colour Sunset Yellow (E 110) fourfold, setting it at 4 mg/kg body weight/day.

Food Safety & Standards

Danish politicians call for ban on energy drink sales to children

The Danish Parliament’s Red-Green Alliance is calling on the government to ban the sales of energy drinks to children.

Labelling for food from clones and offspring considered

The EU could introduce labelling for food from clones and their offspring depending on the results of a study that the Commission is planning.

Labelling, Novel Foods

Traffic light legal action stalled until November

A Commission decision on whether to take legal action against the UK’s hybrid traffic light nutrition labelling system appears to have been put off until the new college of commissioners takes over on 1 November.

Labelling, Health and Nutrition

MEPs warn EFSA could lack resources for novel foods

The Spanish Christian Democrat MEP Pilar Ayuso has warned of the difficulties the European Food Safety Authority could face in assessing novel foods if not extra funding is provided.

Food Technology, Novel Foods

EFSA to keep Member States on board for novel foods work

Valeriu Curtui, the head of the European Food Safety Authority’s Nutrition Unit revealed to MEPs on 23 July that the agency was looking to keep Member States involved in work on the future novel foods regulation.

Food Technology, Novel Foods

Horsemeat fraud drops

Fraudsters across Europe have been curbed in their attempts to disguise horsemeat as beef, reveal the latest testing results.

Traceability

Fish benefits outweigh methylmercury risks, says EFS

The benefits of consuming seafood, especially during pregnancy, outweigh any risks from methylmercury, according to an analysis by the European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA).

Health

EFSA rejects vision claim

A claim by DSM Nutritional Products and Kemin Foods that a combination of lutein and zeaxanthin improved vision under bright light conditions, has had the thumbs down from the European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA).

Health Claims

Not enough evidence for kidney bean weight loss claim

There is insufficient evidence to support InQpharm Europe’s weight loss claim for a white kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) extract, according to the European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA).

Health Claims, Decisions

GlaxoSmithKline told to remove muscle growth ad from TV and YouTube

GlaxoSmithKline has been told that its advertisements for the protein-based sports product, MaxiNutrition, should be removed.

Advertising

GlaxoSmithKline told to remove muscle growth ad from TV and YouTube

GlaxoSmithKline has been told that its advertisements for the protein-based sports product, MaxiNutrition, should be removed.

Advertising

EFSA consults on plans to open up its work

The European Food Safety Authority is asking for comments on its plans to open up its scientific work in an online consultation that runs until 15 September.

Policy

EU must keep ban on acid-rinsed poultry, despite US trade deal

Allowing poultry meat to be rinsed with peroxyacetic acid (PAA) would open the door to lower food safety standards on farms and in slaughterhouses, the European Consumers’ Union (BEUC) is warning in a position paper calling on the EU to keep the current ban.

Policy, Trade, Free Trade Agreements