EU judge says Scottish minimum price for alcohol a trade barrier

A European Court of Justice judge – advocate general Yves Bot - has advised that Scottish government plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol risks creating trade barriers in the EU single market.

Trade, Pricing, Country Reports, EU Member States, UK

Parliament agriculture committee demands GMO proposal rejection

The European Parliament’s agriculture and rural development committee (AGRI committee) has called for a controversial proposal to allow individual member states to ban EU-authorised GMO imports to be rejected.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

Most Norwegians don’t care where their food comes from

Only one of three Norwegians really cares where his or her food comes from, according to researchers. If Norwegian consumers are to still choose Norwegian, the focus must be on what benefits the food has for them.

Country of Origin, Research, Country Reports, Europe

French food waste law revived with new bill

A French ban on retailers binning edible food that was scratched last month on a legal technicality has been revived in a new bill from two deputies.

Environment, Waste Management, Sustainability, Food Security, Country Reports, EU Member States, France

Commission says EFSA justified in keeping glyphosate report under wraps

The Commission has defended its decision to allow the European Food Safety Authority to keep the final version of its assessment report on the controversial pesticide glyphosate under wraps despite a complaint from Munich-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) Testbiotech.

Food Safety & Standards

Lithuania to require origin labels on dairy products

Lithuania is to require country of origin labelling on certain dairy products from 1 January 2016 under a draft law notified to the European Commission last month.

MEP says using same brand for different foods misleading

Czech Liberal MEP Dita Charanzová has asked the European Commission whether it considers companies using the same brand name for different food products is misleading to consumers, arguing at the same time that it is.

Labelling, Misleading Labels

US legal battle continues over GMO labelling law

A food industry bid to block Vermont’s GMO labelling law wrongly belittles the state’s “well-supported concerns” about GM foods “as a sop to idle curiosity” and should be rejected, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell said in a legal brief filed Monday August 24 with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Food Chemical News reports.

Labelling, Americas

Lithuania eyes labels for GMO food

The Lithuanian government has made a proposal to introduce compulsory labelling for food products which contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The measure has been drafted by the country’s Ministry of Justice, and it could result with an amendment to Lithuania’s law on genetically modified organisms.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Country Reports, EU Member States, Lithuania

Commission dismisses claims it will allow unauthorised GMOs

The European Commission has denied allegations that it is planning to ease restrictions on trace levels of unauthorised genetically modified organisms entering the EU.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

EU to track arsenic levels in food

EU Member States are to monitor the presence of arsenic in a wide variety of foods over three years to generate data that will allow the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to carry out a risk assessment based on exposure. Germany only recently demanded that arsenic in rice products be investigated by EFSA.

Food Safety & Standards, Investigations, Germany

Second EU member state gets to export meat to US

The US is to open its market to exports of beef, pork, sheep and goat meat and derived products from Lithuania, lifting a ban on imports that applies to all EU Member States apart from Ireland.

Food Safety & Standards, Control Measures, Trade, Country Reports, EU Member States, Ireland, Lithuania, Americas

US Commission asked to review ‘natural’ sports drink claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has so far shied away from regulating “natural” claims, has been asked to step in on a recent case involving Aspire Beverage Company’s (ABC) Aspire sports drinks.

Health Claims, Advertising, Nutrition Recommendations, Americas

EFSA sticks to view that Clarinol/Tonalin fat-busting claim is not beneficial

The European Food Safety Authority is sticking to its guns over a December 2014 opinion rejecting a weight-loss claim for BASF and Stepan Lipid Nutrition’s equimolar mixture sold under the trade names Clarinol® and Tonalin®.

Health Claims

Energy drink Cult fined over use of violence as marketing tool in Denmark

An advertisement directed towards children and young people for energy drink manufacturer Cult was found to have violated the Danish Marketing Act by indirectly encouraging violence or using violence as a tool in an improper manner. Cult was sentenced to pay a fine of DKK 100,000 (Euros13,400) as a result of the violation.

Advertising, Children and Young People, Country Reports, EU Member States, Denmark

UK offers training to reduce number of banned alcohol adverts

The sister body of the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), is offering  to help better marketers’ knowledge and understanding of the alcohol rules, for a fee. The purpose of the training is to reduce the number of complaints about adverts and the number of forced withdrawal of adverts due to the flouting of rules.

Advertising, Restrictions & Rules, Country Reports, UK

French retailers agree to fight food waste

As the French food waste law forcing supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity now looks set to go ahead, supermarkets last week agreed to a voluntary commitment to preserve unsold food stocks and encourage its redistribution to community projects.

Policy, Environment, Waste Management, Sustainability, Country Reports, EU Member States, France

WHO blames marketing for low European breastfeeding rate

The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Regional Office for Europe has cited marketing of breast-milk substitutes among the key reasons for low breastfeeding rates.

Food Safety & Standards, Policy, United Nations