Serbs increase aflatoxin limits in milk

The Serbian government has announced a surprise U-turn in its milk quality policy by increasing the aflatoxin limit in milk, just two weeks after the maximum level of aflatoxins was lowered to stricter EU levels. This is the fourth change of milk aflatoxin limits in Serbia in as many years.

Food Safety & Standards

All EU countries have school food guidelines, study shows

All 28 EU Member States plus Norway and Switzerland have laid down nutrition guidelines for school food, although they vary considerably, revealed a Commission study unveiled on 16 July.

Food Safety & Standards, Guidelines

GFSI food fraud definition focuses on safety not profit

The international third party certification scheme, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has put forward a definition of food fraud that focuses on food safety not the economic gain that can be made from the wrongdoing.

Food Safety & Standards, Approval & Certification, Traceability

Food fraud getting more sophisticated, needs EU response

Sweden has argued strongly that food fraud must be tackled at EU level and not left up to individual Member States, in a short paper put to farm ministers at an Agriculture Council.

Traceability

Commission takes Romania and Finland to task over packaging

The European Commission is urging Romania and Finland to send details about how EU legislation in packaging waste is being implemented in their domestic laws.

Legislation

MEPs call for more transparency in EU-US trade talks

The public in Europe must be better informed of the progress of EU-US talks on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), MEPs from all political groups argued in debating the issue with EU trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on 15 July.

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

EFSA clears GM enzymes

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has cleared as safe two genetically modified lipase enzymes.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

“You’ve got 15 days to approve GMOs”, Commission told

Europe’s food and feed importers have told the European Commission it has 15 days to approve eight GM products or face supply chain disruption and price hikes.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

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

Codex Commission recommends zero tolerance for eight veterinary drugs in food

The Codex Alimentarius Commission has agreed to recommend zero tolerance for residues of eight suspect veterinary drugs in food, reports Food Chemical News.

Food Safety & Standards, Harmonisation, Internationalisation

Clash between claims and novel food authorisations likely

Applications to authorise both health claims and the same product as a novel food could clash in future over scientific substantiation requirements and proprietary data protection, a future complementary impact assessment on the novel foods proposal is set to warn.

Health Claims, Procedure, Food Technology, Novel Foods

Clinical evidence to support health claims for dementia “still limited”

Brain health is the “new frontier” for functional food and drink yet the clinical evidence to support any health claims is “still limited”, Canadean reports. 

Health Claims, Research

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