The Danish Food & Drug Administration is investigating the extent to which food businesses are contaminating water and how this can be avoided. The regulator says that the purpose of its intervention is to ensure a high level of food safety by controlling corporate routines and their handling of water.
Chicken is being sold in UK supermarkets with potentially lethal levels of the campylobacter, a consumer group has said. Campaign group Which? is now calling on supermarkets, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the chicken industry to tighten safety procedures.
When it comes to labelling, until now the food business operator (FBO) took total responsibility for the correct labelling of their products, writes regulatory analyst Liz Tucker. That responsibility is now spreading out to others in the food supply chain.
A Dutch trade association has called upon the European Commission to draft a separate health claims regulation based on the traditional use of foods.
Food & Water Europe is calling on MEPs to secure a moratorium on the use of nanotechnology in food and food packaging, saying that the risks of the technology are so grave that it needs its own laws.
Campaign group Testbiotech has written to EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andiukaitis asking for clarification over a controversial rat feeding study on genetically modified organisms after an EU funded research consortium rejected its criticism and demand to withdraw the publication.
Green campaign groups have overwhelmingly backed the 11 November vote in the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee on the right for member states to ban EU-approved genetically modified organisms, with the message now that the Council and Commission must take notice of the MEPs.
The Commission is looking to clear treatment of chicken carcasses with peroxyacetic acid (PAA) as a bargaining tool in current talks with the US to clinch the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the EU’s lead negotiator on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues, Lorenzo Terzi said this week.
The European Food Safety Authority has given a 7 January deadline for comments on draft dietary reference values (DRVs) for vitamin A, which appear to fall within current consumption levels.
Food business operators are increasingly using the so-called “negative claims” or “free from…” claims to promote “premium” products, such as “GMO-free” and “palm oil-free”. Katia Merten-Lentz, partner at law firm Fieldfisher, and Pavlina Chopova, associate at Fieldfisher, look at where voluntary negative claims sit in the law books.
Supplement maker InQpharm Europe has hit out at the way the European Food Safety Authority assess claims after EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) rejected its weight-loss claim for a white kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) extract in its PhaseLite product.
The Federation of British Bakers have complained to the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about a toothpaste advert which they believed wrongly suggested that white bread was high in sugar. The ASA rejected the bakers’ complaint.
The EU’s Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health is to focus on advertising and marketing at its 24 November meeting in Brussels.
The European Food Safety Authority is to host an international scientific conference in parallel with next year’s EXPO 2015 in Milan along the same theme of food security for all.
The Commission has published a non-confidential version of its June 2014 decision to open an investigation into Dutch transfer pricing arrangements on corporate taxation of international coffee chain Starbucks, which is suspected of being an illegal subsidy to the company.
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