Companies seeking to market foods for special medical purposes (FSMP) in the EU from July next year will have to prove that special products are necessary and that an adapted diet using ordinary foods is unsuitable, under guidance from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Banana workers and small farmers in developing countries are exposed to toxic agro-chemicals, earn poverty level wages and work in a climate of fear, reveals a new report published this month by Banana Link and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO).
Two million Portuguese citizens are under risk of developing diabetes while 150 new cases of the disease emerge every day, according to a new report unveiled by the National Diabetes Observatory in Lisbon.
Is France’s comprehensive ban on the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in all food contact materials a trail-blazer or should the European Commission quash the French law through the EU courts? The issue will be at the forefront next year when the Commission comes out with a proposal for an EU law on BPA.
A major EU project into regulatory requirements for risk assessment of genetically modified organisms in the authorisation process could sound the death knell for 90-day rat feeding studies.
The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to hold a workshop to explore the possible impacts of climate change on food safety on next week. Lord John Krebs, a member of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, will deliver the keynote address at the workshop on December 2.
Two MEPs are separately pushing the European Commission for more information on its decision to issue guidance showing how to apply labelling to products – mainly foodstuffs – from Israeli settlements, with both parliamentarians making clear their disapproval.
The European Commission has no data on cases in the Member States where food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has not been labelled as such, EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner acknowledged in response to a written question from Latvian centre right MEP Inese Vaidere.
The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg last week heard Sweden’s case against the Commission for failing to produce criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).
The Commission is planning to launch a research integrity initiative before the end of the year, the head of a new sector overseeing the development told a FoodDrinkEurope conference last week.
The claim that “Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune system” in infants and children under three is backed by scientific evidence, according to the European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA).
A draft law before the UK parliament that aims to reduce the amount of sugar in food and drink could breach EU food legislation, consultant Mark J. Tallon has warned. Specifically, the bill, due to be debated on November 20, could breach the EU’s Health and Nutrition Claims Regulation.
As Europe’s obesity crisis deepens, and numbers of overweight and obese children soar, many are questioning whether the EU’s favoured voluntary approach to advertising controls, based on industry self-regulation, is working. Health campaigners and many MEPs argue that tough regulation is needed to stop industry marketing junk food to children.
A soft drinks company that teamed up with a celebrity model to promote its products has got into trouble with regulators over the use of Instagram. In particular, the use of the hashtag #sp, meaning “sponsored content”, was ruled to be insufficient to identify the content as promotional material.
Intervention efforts are needed to boost fruit and vegetable intake across childhood and adolescence as well as among pregnant women and older people. That was the conclusion of a comprehensive literature review of some 112 studies published since 2000 as part of the EU-funded ‘My Healthy Family’ project.
Following the victory of Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party in the country’s October 27 parliamentary elections, the new government, which was subsequently formed by Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, has unveiled plans to introduce a new 2% tax which is to be imposed on large retail chains.
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