Fruit and vegetable aid measures to beat Russian ban formally adopted

The multimillion euro aid measures designed to prop up Union fruit and vegetable producers hit by Russia’s 7 August ban on Western food imports, have been formally adopted and published in the EU’s Official Journal.

Trade, Europe

Spain and France meet to discuss Russian ban

Spain and France held the first bilateral meeting of EU ministers to assess the impact of the embargo imposed by Moscow and to establish a joint front to demand strong and continued action to mitigate the consequences of the Russian veto from the European Commission, announced Spanish authorities last week.

Trade, France, Spain, Europe

Herring war over, EU Fisheries Commissioner underlines

A week after the EU lifted its trade measures against the Faroe Islands on herring and mackerel, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki met  her Faroe Islands  counterpart Jacob Vestergaard, in Athens last Friday.

Trade, Europe

EU to extend PAH waiver for smoked fish and meat

A waiver from a tougher polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) limit for smoked meat and fish due to end on 1 September is to be extended as producers have been unable to comply by the deadline.

Food Safety & Standards, Waivers

Mars Chocolate Drinks in Europe-wide recall

A consumer complaint about Bacillus contamination of a Mars Chocolate Drink product has sparked a Europe-wide recall of the company’s milk drinks.

Food Safety & Standards, Control Measures

EU to prop up milk sector after Russian ban

The Commission is to prop up the EU dairy sector hit by Russia’s 7 August ban on food imports from Western countries.

“Ignorance is no protection” against new food regulations, companies warned

Three seminars are being held in the south west of England on the new EU food labelling regulations that are due to come into force in December 2014.

Labelling, Health and Nutrition, Country of Origin, EU Member States, UK

Has the US lost a food labelling battle with Canada and Mexico?

The latest development in the long-running battle over country-of-origin labelling (COOL) is a Wall Street Journal article on August 21 reporting that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against the United States in a case brought by Canada and Mexico, Food Chemical News reports.

Labelling, Americas

Eight nation study highlights GM maize benefits

An international study has highlighted productive and health benefits from the adoption of genetically modified maize.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

Investigation launched into illegal GM plantings

Serbian acreage planted with GM crops has increased by 34% year-on-year to above 30 hectares in 2014, even though commercial cultivation of these crops in the country is not permitted by law, Serbian authorities told EU Food Law.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Europe

Listeriosis victim calls on Commission to approve Listex P100

A Dutch former victim of Listeriosis has written to EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg calling on the Commission to authorise the Listeria-killing product Listex P100.

Food Safety & Standards

Fishmeal pollutants discovered in Norway

High levels of the environmental pollutant HCB have been found in a party of fishmeal used to feed farmed fish in Norway.

Food Safety & Standards, Europe

FSANZ consults on proposal to correct claims anomaly

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has given a 30 September deadline for comments on its plans to update the Food Standards Code to correct what it says is a health claims anomaly.

Health Claims, Procedure

Lactalis low fat spread cholesterol claim set for approval

A claim from Lactalis B&C about its “Low fat and low trans spreadable fat rich in unsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids” and reduction of LDL-cholesterol concentrations is poised to get EU authorisation under a draft Commission regulation sent to EU Member States for clearance through the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.

Health Claims

Soft drink advert "targeted at young children" removed by watchdog

An advertising campaign offering a “free" trip to the top of a Norwegian mountain through the purchase of a 1.5-litre bottle of soft drink has been removed because a watchdog said it targeted pre-teen children.

Advertising, Children and Young People, Europe

Advert banned for encouraging unhealthy eating

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a television advert for the supermarket chain Morrisons because the ASA said it encouraged unhealthy eating habits in children.

Advertising, Children and Young People

Warning extra egg shelf life would increase Salmonella risk

Extending the storage time of eggs at home or at retail would increase Salmonella food poisoning risks, according to the latest scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on public health risks from eggs.

Food Safety & Standards, Policy

NGOs urge Juncker to shun single scientific adviser

The Commission President should have various scientific advisors rather than relying on the advice of a single official, according to a 28 strong coalition of non-governmental organisations.

Policy, Institutional