MEPs are showing a united front in demanding that two proposed directives on food from clones and the cloning of animals for farming purposes be combined into a single proposal – and a directly binding regulation at that.
Spain’s Association of Small Farmers and Livestock Producers (UPA) has denounced an ongoing practice of consumer deception by large retailers in the country who are selling French potatoes “as if they were fresh potatoes from Spain and Andalusia”.
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has introduced a DNA bar code system, making it possible to establish the origin of a foodstuff. DNA methods are increasingly used to detect food counterfeits. They can detect the animal or plant species the foodstuff consists of, or originates from, Evira notes.
Eight out of ten respondents in a survey that Opinion has carried out for the Norwegian Policy Network on Alcohol and Drugs (Actis) believes that wine bottles should be given “hazard” labelling for pregnant women and drivers.
The European Food Safety Authority has upheld its opinion that a claim related to “Lactobacillus plantarum TENSIA® in the semi-hard Edam-type ‘heart cheese’ of Harmony™” and maintenance of normal blood pressure (BP), was not backed by scientific evidence.
Vermont state officials are hoping the recent determination by the World Health Organization's (WHO) cancer research agency that the herbicide glyphosate can probably cause cancer in humans will help their effort to fend off the food industry’s challenge of the state’s GMO labelling law, Food Chemical News reports.
Some 34 eminent public health scientists and researchers have voiced support for bills in California and New York that would require warning labels on soda and other sugary drinks to inform consumers of the risk of diabetes, obesity and tooth decay from excessive consumption.
The Commission is sticking to its guns over its refusal to extend a proposed EU ban on cloning and food from clones to products, including food, semen, ova and embryos, from their offspring and descendants.
The EU’s General Court has ruled that the Commission must widen access to documents and was wrong to deny then Green MEP Carl Schlyter a copy of its ‘detailed opinion’ rejecting French plans for a nano register.
Exceeding official EU limits for different chemicals in foods is the exception rather than the rule, the European Food Safety Authority said in publishing its latest annual overview of EU-wide monitoring of chemicals in food.
The EU and its member states must invest more effort and money in promoting healthy eating and the consumption of local foodstuffs amongst children, agreed the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee on 14 April when it amended draft rules on schemes to provide fruit, vegetables and milk to schools.
The Commission has given chocolate maker Barry Callebaut the green light to use its proprietary blood flow claim about cocoa flavanols for capsules containing the extract in addition to cocoa drinks and dark chocolate.
A key European Parliament Committee has voted to scrap the requirement that the Commission write nutrient profiles to bar foods high in fat, sugar and salt from bearing claims under the 2006 nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR - 1924/2006).
The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a nine-strong series of complaints about web advertising for several supplements mainly aimed at weight loss that online retailer Protein World was selling.
Norway’s food industry advisory committee (MFU) has told Italian chocolate maker Ferrero, manufacturer of Kinder Chocolate and Kinder Egg, to tone down some of its “child-oriented” displays. MFU’s warning to Ferrero came in two recent decisions based on the food and beverage industry's own policies, which prohibit the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages directed especially towards children under 13 years, writes Norwegian marketing website Kampanje.com.
Friends of the Earth Europe is warning that the future Commission proposal to revamp the EU authorisation procedure for genetically modified food and feed might not allow Member States to introduce national bans as intended.
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