Meat lobby accused of misleading transparency register entries

Campaign group ALTER-EU has filed an official complaint to the EU transparency register secretariat about the European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (known by its French acronym UECBV) alleging that the meat industry organisation had made misleading entries in the lobby listing.

Policy

Widespread demand for EU to set definitive criteria to define EDCs

The majority of over 27,000 responses to a European Commission consultation on the way forward for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) has said there is a need for the EU to establish definitive criteria to determine what are EDCs.

Food Safety & Standards, Policy

Summer Holidays

EU Food Law will be offering a reduced service over the summer holiday period.

New animal welfare label for Danish meat

Danish consumers are increasingly unhappy with the welfare of Danish pigs, chickens and cows, so some of the country’s meat producers and supermarkets are now attempting to agree on a brand new animal welfare label.

Labelling, Food Safety & Standards, Country Reports, EU Member States, Denmark

UK upper House leads campaign for EU clampdown on food waste

The UK’s upper parliamentary House of Lords is leading a campaign by 16 national parliaments for EU action to tackle food waste.

Policy, Environment, Waste Management, Sustainability

MEP presses Commission on late transfat labelling report

Czech Socialist MEP Olga Sehnalová is pushing the European Commission for answers about when it will publish a report on the presence and labelling of trans fatty acids, due by 13 December 2014 – and demanding clarification as to the reasons for the delay.

US: New bill would fight fish fraud by expanding traceability

A new bill introduced in the US on 29 July would require the Obama administration’s seafood fraud guidelines to be expanded to target all seafood species, not just those at-risk, and include full-chain traceability and consumer labelling.

Labelling, Traceability, Americas

White House sidesteps GMO labelling issue

In response to two public petitions calling for mandatory genetically modified organism (GMO) labelling, the White House on 28 July steered clear of taking an official position on the controversial issue.

Labelling, Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Americas

EU approves Glavonoid as specialist novel food ingredient

Kaneka Pharma Europe’s novel flavonoid from Glycyrrhiza glabra L., Glavonoid, has been authorised for use as an ingredient in two new applications.

Food Technology, Food Safety & Standards

Commission authorises novel fermented milk products

The Commission has authorised Avitop’s heat-treated milk products fermented with Bacteroides xylanisolvens (DSM 23964) as a novel food.

Food Technology, Food Safety & Standards

US FDA/Health Canada issue Listeria risk assessment for raw milk cheese

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada have released a joint risk assessment on listeriosis from eating soft-ripened cheese. The FDA also requested scientific data on interventions that might have an effect on the presence of pathogens in cheeses made from unpasteurised milk.

Food Safety & Standards, Americas

IARC releases glyphosate ‘monograph’ – EFSA to review

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has now published its full report – its monograph – to back up its claim that the herbicide glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” to humans, reports our sister publication Agra Europe.

Food Safety & Standards

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

Commission consults on revamp to TV and online ad rules

The Commission is seeking comments on plans to revamp advertising and other rules under the 2010 audio-visual media services directive (AVMSD).

Advertising, Restrictions & Rules

Baby food advert highlighting cow’s milk allergy given all clear

Baby food manufacturer Mead Johnson Nutrition (UK) was the subject of a complaint to the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over a television advert that made claims about cows’ milk allergies in babies.

Advertising, Children and Young People

UK retailer Tesco stops selling sugary children’s drinks

UK supermarket chain Tesco is to stop selling sugary drinks aimed at children, such as well-known brands Ribena, Capri-Sun and Rubicon, to help in the fight against obesity.

Food Safety & Standards, Nutrition Recommendations, Health Promotion, Policy, Health, UK

Doctors call for sugar tax to help combat obesity

Doctors from across Europe are urging governments to impose sugar taxes, although others say that while effective, such levies are politically unacceptable, a debate published in medical journal The BMJ this week shows.

Food Safety & Standards, Health, Nutrition Recommendations, Health Promotion, Policy