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Pork provenance code of practice gains momentum

Pork provenance code of practice gains momentum

By Elaine Watson

All the leading supermarkets, 13 caterers (including McDonald’s), 14 processors/suppliers and eight branded food manufacturers have now signed up to a voluntary code of practice on country of origin labelling (COOL) on pork and pork products.

DEFRA to draw up new COOL guide by end of November

DEFRA to draw up new COOL guide by end of November

By Elaine Watson

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is aiming to draw up a new voluntary code of practice on country of origin labelling (COOL) by the end of November.

Soy protein health claim: EC should be ‘pragmatic’

Soy protein health claim: EC should be ‘pragmatic’

By Elaine Watson

The firms behind a high-profile ‘article 14’ health claim application about soy protein are hoping the European Commission will “adopt a pragmatic approach” as it reviews a controversial negative opinion on their application from the European Food Safety...

Nano definition is a legal minefield, warn scientists

Nano definition is a legal minefield, warn scientists

By Elaine Watson

Agreeing on a legal definition of nanomaterials that satisfies food manufacturers, regulators, enforcement bodies and consumers will be hugely challenging, according to experts gathered at a nanotechnology workshop in Leatherhead last week.

Red Tractor

FSA probes third-party assurance schemes

By Elaine Watson

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a probe into third-party assurance schemes such as the Red Tractor and Lion Eggs standard in a bid to understand the extent to which they improve compliance with food legislation.

Clare Cheney

Which God made the seven-day milk rule?

By Clare Cheney

The European Parliament’s (EP’s) call for milk labelled as ‘fresh’ to be under seven days old raises the question of the meaning of ‘fresh’ in relation to any food.


Web health claims likely target in UK online crackdown

Web health claims likely target in UK online crackdown

By Shane Starling

New Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) powers to monitor and adjudicate on online marketing materials will place web-based messaging for healthy foods under serious scrutiny for the first time, with many likely to fall foul of the agency’s guidelines,...

Ecclefechan Tart

Ecclefechan Tart and Ayrshire bacon perfect for PGIs?

By Elaine Watson

Ecclefechan Tart, shortbread, Scottish wild venison, Ayrshire bacon and several regional preserves and speciality cheeses are all prime candidates for EU protected name status, according to a new report.

EFSA rejects soy protein-cholesterol health claim

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects soy protein-cholesterol health claim

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a negative opinion to a health claim submission linking soy protein and reduced LDL cholesterol.

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FDF: Resolve legal limbo on 'no added salt' claims

By Elaine Watson

A clutch of widely-used nutrition claims from ‘no added salt’ and ‘low-Gi’ to ‘10% less fat’ remain in a state of legal limbo as discussions over whether to allow them under the health claims Regulation drag on.

Food Standards Agency

Government confirms retention of slimline FSA

By Ben Bouckley

The government has confirmed that a slimmed-down Food Standards Agency (FSA) will survive with a renewed focus on food safety, but will lose its English responsibility for country of origin labelling and policy relating to food composition and nutrition.

Speculation mounts over future of FSA

Speculation mounts over future of FSA

By Ben Bouckley and Elaine Watson

Further questions about the government’s plans for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have been raised this week as the Department of Health (DoH) prepares to unveil a white paper outlining its strategy for the health service.

Change4Life didn't change anything, claims academic

Change4Life didn't change anything, claims academic

By Elaine Watson

There is “no evidence” to suggest that the Change4Life initiative has helped to improve the eating habits or lifestyles of the most vulnerable people, according to one health expert.

Nestlé: COOL extension is impractical and unwelcome

Nestlé: COOL extension is impractical and unwelcome

By Elaine Watson

Lobbying to prevent the extension of country of origin labelling (COOL) to all meat and poultry products - even when used as minor ingredients in complex processed foods - has stepped up a gear as major food manufacturers have continued to question its...

Food label 'clarification' from MEP only adds to confusion

Food label 'clarification' from MEP only adds to confusion

By Elaine Watson

The controversy surrounding new EU legislation governing the sale of foodstuffs ‘by number’ has descended into farce as a ‘clarification’ issued by the MEP steering it through the European Parliament has raised more questions than it answers.

Europe must keep cool over country of origin labelling

Europe must keep cool over country of origin labelling

Always read the small print. Good advice and nowhere more so than in food labelling with today’s increasingly savvy consumers demanding to know what’s in their food, where it came from and what it’s going to do to them.

CBI joins calls to simplify agency workers legislation

CBI joins calls to simplify agency workers legislation

By Elaine Watson

Aspects of the EU agency workers’ Directive still need further clarification and simplification to help make it easier for employers to navigate, according to the CBI (Confederation of British Industry).

Nestlé questions trans fat labelling proposals

Nestlé questions trans fat labelling proposals

By Elaine Watson

Requiring food manufacturers to distinguish between artificial and natural trans-fats on product labels is both unnecessary and impractical, according to regulatory experts at Nestlé UK and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Food industry seeks changes to agency worker law

Food industry seeks changes to agency worker law

By Elaine Watson

Food manufacturers are stepping up lobbying efforts to persuade the government to amend legislation giving agency workers the same pay, overtime and breaks as permanent staff before it comes into force next year.

Radical new twist in Ajinomoto vs Asda 'nasty' battle

Radical new twist in Ajinomoto vs Asda 'nasty' battle

By Elaine Watson

The legal dispute between Ajinomoto and Asda over the right to call aspartame 'nasty' has taken a radical new turn following a Court of Appeal judgment effectively overturning last year's High Court ruling.

What’s next for food policy?

What’s next for food policy?

By Lorraine Heller

As the flurry of post-election activity culminated in the Queen’s speech last week, some areas of legislation impacting business in the UK are starting to take shape, but key decisions on food policy remain unclear.

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New ice cream definition would boost reformulation work

By Elaine Watson

The UK definition of 'ice cream' must be brought in line with the rest of Europe if the Food Standards Agency (FSA) wants manufacturers to make meaningful progress on saturated fat reduction, according to a leading supplier.

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Nutrient profiling 'essential', says new DG Sanco boss

By Rick Pendrous, Brussels

The new director general of the European Commission’s directorate for health and consumer affairs, DG Sanco, has warned manufacturers to expect a tougher line from her than from her predecessor if they fail to make faster progress on improving the nutritional...

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