DSM Nutritional Products’ claim related to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and contribution to normal brain development has had the go ahead from the European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA).
Although food safety is a key issue in the new EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation (1169/2011) due for compliance by 13th December this year, the main focus of the regulation is in fact on telling the truth, writes regulatory analyst Liz Tucker.
UK Independence Party MEP Paul Nuttall is calling on the British government to scrap rules requiring pubs and other outlets selling meals from having to give allergy information from 13 December under the food information to consumers regulation.
MEPs are reluctant to grant biotech firms a say in national bans on EU-approved genetically modified organisms it became clear during a European Parliament discussion this week.
A cross-party selection of MEPs agreed this week that strict co-existence rules are needed at EU level to enable member states to introduce effective national opt-outs and bans on cultivation of genetically modified organisms.
Calls have come from across the food industry for the Commission to renew the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain, which held its last meeting under the current mandate on 15 October.
Red Bull has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $13 million after plaintiffs challenged Red Bull’s marketing claims that the energy drink improves mental and physical performance, reports Food Chemical News.
Advertising of alcoholic beverages, specifically wines and spirits, in Portugal is now subject to new restrictions following the introduction of fresh limitations, such as a ban on the use of under-age (younger than 21) protagonists and the use of public figures (real or fictitious) with notoriety among the under-age population.
A body representing British advertisers has welcomed the EU legal move against the UK’s traffic light labelling scheme. The European Commission has called the scheme “over-simplistic” and discriminatory and has given the UK two months to respond to complaints from industry.
Starch Europe has hit back at any suggestion that cutting sugar consumption alone would end obesity, in calling on the EU and individual Member States to ensure that nutrition-policy is based on robust science.
Increased exports of high quality agricultural products can provide the EU with an important engine for growth in the coming years, outgoing Farm Commissioner Dacian Cioloș has said.
By Scott LaHart
By Scott LaHart
By Scott Lahart