Multi-country salmonella outbreak linked to Germany

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis has spread across Europe, possibly from eggs produced in Germany. The outbreak has affected people in Austria and France and Luxembourg and the UK.

Food Safety & Standards, Germany

Dispute settlement in trade deals stops protectionism, says De Gucht

EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht this week argued that having dispute settlement system included in trade deals prevents protectionism and benefits European companies.

Trade, Free Trade Agreements

Borg will not remain as Commissioner

Current EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg will not be remaining in place when the new college of European Commissioners takes over on 1 November.

Institutional

Russia eases ban on some food products

Russia has eased its 7 August ban on Western imports for a select number of products faced with domestic shortages.

Internationalisation, Trade

Commission props up exporters hit by Russian ban

Fruit and vegetable producers hit by the Russian import ban are to receive €125 million in EU aid, the Commission announced this week.

Trade, Europe

Malnutrition in the UK is on the increase

The number of people admitted to hospital in the UK with malnutrition over the past year has increased 19%, with the finger of blame being pointed at “food poverty” and lack of education.

Has the US lost a food labelling battle with Canada and Mexico?

The latest development in the long-running battle over country-of-origin labelling (COOL) is a Wall Street Journal article on August 21 reporting that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against the United States in a case brought by Canada and Mexico, Food Chemical News reports.

Labelling, Americas

Specialist foods makers welcome gluten labelling law

Industry association Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) has welcomed a new gluten labelling law published before the summer recess.

Labelling

Eight nation study highlights GM maize benefits

An international study has highlighted productive and health benefits from the adoption of genetically modified maize.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

Investigation launched into illegal GM plantings

Serbian acreage planted with GM crops has increased by 34% year-on-year to above 30 hectares in 2014, even though commercial cultivation of these crops in the country is not permitted by law, Serbian authorities told EU Food Law.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Europe

Fishmeal pollutants discovered in Norway

High levels of the environmental pollutant HCB have been found in a party of fishmeal used to feed farmed fish in Norway.

Food Safety & Standards, Europe

Commission updates aluminium lake provisions

The Commission has updated EU rules on aluminium lakes to allow those for riboflavins (E 101) and to extend authorisation for cochineal, carminic acid and carmines (collectively E 120) in a 25 August regulation.

Food Safety & Standards

Lactalis low fat spread cholesterol claim set for approval

A claim from Lactalis B&C about its “Low fat and low trans spreadable fat rich in unsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids” and reduction of LDL-cholesterol concentrations is poised to get EU authorisation under a draft Commission regulation sent to EU Member States for clearance through the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.

Health Claims

Commission gearing up to reject string of health claims

The Commission is getting ready to reject a series of eight health claims in a draft regulation it has put to the Council for the regulatory procedure with scrutiny.

Health Claims, Decisions

Soft drink advert "targeted at young children" removed by watchdog

An advertising campaign offering a “free" trip to the top of a Norwegian mountain through the purchase of a 1.5-litre bottle of soft drink has been removed because a watchdog said it targeted pre-teen children.

Advertising, Children and Young People, Europe

Advert banned for encouraging unhealthy eating

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a television advert for the supermarket chain Morrisons because the ASA said it encouraged unhealthy eating habits in children.

Advertising, Children and Young People

Warning extra egg shelf life would increase Salmonella risk

Extending the storage time of eggs at home or at retail would increase Salmonella food poisoning risks, according to the latest scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on public health risks from eggs.

Food Safety & Standards, Policy

NGOs urge Juncker to shun single scientific adviser

The Commission President should have various scientific advisors rather than relying on the advice of a single official, according to a 28 strong coalition of non-governmental organisations.

Policy, Institutional