Big UK supermarkets commit to seafood labelling and sourcing code

A group of 15 UK companies, including Tesco, Sainsbury and Marks and Spencers, have signed up to a voluntary labelling code which commits them to clearer and consistent claims on the fish they sell.

Labelling, Country of Origin, Environment

MEPs to grill Andriukaitis on 30 September

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner-Designate Vytenis Andriukaitis is to appear before the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) for a hearing on 30 September.

Policy, Institutional

Campaigners suggest questions for MEPs to ask Commissioners-designate

The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has written to MEPs suggesting written questions they could put to the Commissioners-designate.

Institutional

Due diligence rule could be used to fight counterfeiting

The Commission is considering introducing an EU requirement that retailers, wholesalers traders and others apply ‘due diligence in the supply chain to detect counterfeit goods, including food products, EU’s outgoing Health Commissioner Tonio Borg has revealed.

Trade

Ferrero gets green light to buy up hazelnut rival

Nutella maker Ferrero International has had the go ahead to buy up rival hazelnut trading and processing company Oltan under the EU’s merger regulation.

Trade

Kellogg action on climate change welcomed by Oxfam

Cereal manufacturer Kellogg has said it will for the first time set targets to reduce “Scope 3” greenhouse gas emissions, a move welcomed by the NGO Oxfam.

Russia brings back Soviet-era label, caps food prices, looks to Egypt

Moscow is introducing a series of measures designed to boost consumption and production of domestic foodstuffs, which are replacing those banned from the West on Russian supermarket shelves. This includes reassuring shoppers that these goods are of high quality.

Labelling, Quality, Europe

MEP calls for calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks

British Labour MEP, Glenis Willmott, is calling for more consumer-friendly alcohol labelling particularly giving the calorie content.

Labelling

ENVI to handle food from clones proposal

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) has won its battle with its Agriculture counterpart (AGRI) to take on responsibility for drafting the assembly’s position on the proposal to ban food from clones.

Food Technology, Cloning

Warning clone offspring traceability will hike costs in EU

Requiring traceability of clones’ offspring through several generations would mean additional costs for EU farmers and the agri-food industry, a top Commission official warned MEPs this week.

Food Technology, Cloning

Norwegian alcohol consumption up 40 per cent in 20 years

While Norwegians have embraced more of a continental pattern of consuming alcohol every day, it has still retained the traditional Nordic binge drinking on the weekends. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health finds this alarming.

Health, Europe

Bosnian regulator approves new food safety guidelines

The Food Safety Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FSA) approved four new food safety guidelines and published the new regulations in the country’s official state gazette Sluzbeni Glasnik (SL 068/2014) this month.

Food Safety & Standards, Europe

Chocolate maker wants blood flow health claim for drinks

Belgian chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has called on the Commission to allow use of its cocoa flavanols blood flow claim in beverages containing cocoa extracts.

Health Claims

EFSA close to opinion on caffeine safety

A key scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine, notably when used in energy drinks and shots, is up for discussion and possible adoption in Parma next week.

Health Claims, Decisions, Food Safety & Standards

Kellogg advert taken off air after PepsiCo complaint

A television advert for a Kellogg breakfast cereal has been taken off air after rival company PepsiCo, which has cereal brands in its portfolio, complained to the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Advertising, UK

Committee to hold seminar on food and drink advertising

The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) will be holding a seminar on September 30th 2014 to hear the latest interpretations on the rules on advertising food and soft drinks.

Advertising, Restrictions & Rules, UK

EPP sets up ‘Red Tape Watch’ working group

The European Parliament’s largest political group, the European People’s Party (EPP) has set up a ‘Red Tape Watch’ working group “to scrutinise every EU law with regard to excessive regulation and its impact on SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises].”

Policy, Institutional

New EU Commissioner told: “Promote healthy food”

The European Heart Network (EHN) has urged Commissioner-designate for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis to ensure that the Commission promotes healthy food.

Health, Health Promotion, Promotion, Policy