The UK’s new alcohol guidelines are unlikely to have a direct impact on drinking, but they do raise awareness of harm and could alter social attitudes towards alcohol, an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) claims. The consultation period on the proposed new guidelines closes on April 1st 2016.
There is to be no registration procedure and database for producers using the ‘mountain products’ label, EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan made clear this month in response to a written question from Bulgarian Socialist MEP Momchil Nekov.
The Government of Colombia and the European Commission have this week started negotiations towards a bilateral agreement on trade in organic products. The EU’s exports of wines, spirits, food preparations, baby food and olive oil are expected to benefit.
All exports of betel leaves from India to the EU will have to be certified as Salmonella-free from 12 February under the latest Commission implementing regulation updating the high-risk import list in a 2009 law (regulation 669/2009).
Katia Merten-Lentz, of international law firm Keller and Heckman, takes a look at changes to US food safety regulation, which come into force this year and will impact EU food exporters.
The European Commission has granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status to two products from Italy. The new denominations, granted to pasta and pigmeat, will be added to 1,300 products already protected under the EU scheme.
The Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has added no-deforestation and human rights criteria to its certification scheme, to allow firms that go the extra mile to prove it through a voluntary bonus label.
The new novel foods regulation might not speed up approvals or simplify applications, a top lawyer specialised in the subject has warned.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is calling for data on approved starch and cellulose food additives.
Bacteria in humans, food and animals continue to show resistance to the most widely used antimicrobials, says the latest joint report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in zoonotic bacteria in Europe from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The term ‘tonic water’ is to get EU-wide recognition as a generic descriptor, making clear that the word ‘tonic’ is not a hidden health claim, a 5 February workshop in Brussels heard.
The US Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on February 1st sued American pharmacy retailer, CVS, over alleged false and misleading claims that its Algal-900 DHA dietary supplement is “clinically shown” to improve memory.
Advertisers in the US say a San Francisco ordinance requiring health warnings on ads for sweetened drinks sets a dangerous precedent and they have joined a lawsuit asking a federal court to block it.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published guidance on the use of the term "butter" when labelling and advertising fat spreads, urging the industry to be careful when using similar terms such as “buttery” and “butterly”.
A large cross-party group of MEPs is pressing the Commission for a clampdown on non-tariff barriers affecting food trade within the EU.
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