The Commission has given a stay of execution to the organic labelling and production proposal, giving the Council and European Parliament six months to reach a deal or it will be culled.
The question of labelling food from clones and their offspring is threatening to scupper an EU deal over novel foods, despite the Commission’s efforts to leave cloning out of the December 2013 proposal through two separate bills on food from clones and cloning.
The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee has approved the 3 December agreement on a future directive allowing Member States to ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms on their territories, even if authorised at EU level.
The antioxidant activity of citrus juices has been dramatically undervalued for decades, since the key role of the gastrointestinal system on the cleavage of antioxidant structures within the juices was overlooked, according to new paper published by a team of researchers from the University of Granada. The results suggest that tables on the antioxidant capacities of food products currently used by health authorities may have to be revised.
The acronym DG SANCO – for the Commission’s directorate general for health and consumers – is to cede officially to the new moniker DG Santé (French for health) on 1 January.
Member States are split over the Commission’s May 2013 proposal that there should be mandatory fees for all food business inspections, with a waiver for micro-firms employing less than 10 people, the Italian Presidency told this week’s Agriculture Council.
The Commission has included proposals to merge the EU’s school fruit and milk schemes and on organic labelling on an 80 strong ‘kill list’ of measures it is to withdraw in launching its 2015 work programme on 16 December.
EU Member States have given the go ahead to a deal that the Italian Presidency struck with European Parliament and Commission representatives last week, allowing them to ban cultivation of genetically modified organisms on their territories.
Critics of mandatory labels for genetically modified foods found a sympathetic audience at a House hearing on Wednesday, as both Republicans and Democrats on the panel voiced scepticism of the need for the federal government to require such labels.
Cases of bird flu from two highly pathogenic viral strains - involving subtypes associated with recent outbreaks in Canada and Europe - were confirmed this week in Washington State.
A risk-based traceability programme that tracks seafood from harvest to entry into U.S. commerce could help keep illegal product out of the supply chain and would help better inform retailers and consumers, according to a report unveiled Tuesday (Dec. 16) by a presidential task force formed to identify ways to stop seafood fraud and end global illegal fishing.
A claim that 2 grammes of stanol a day 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 has been outlawed in the EU.
The European Consumers Organisation (BEUC) has called for tougher child restrictions on food advertising covering a greater range of programmes and mediums.
The Bulgarian government has adopted a regulation that sets the requirements for the labelling, supply and advertising of food products, Focus news agency reports.
Both industry association FoodDrinkEurope and the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC) this week issued statements on the new labelling and information rules taking effect.