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FSA: Cloned meat is safe, hypothetically ...

FSA: Cloned meat is safe, hypothetically ...

By Ben Bouckley

Meat and milk derived from cloned cattle and their offspring is one step closer to being on sale in the UK after scientists agreed that it was “unlikely to present a food safety risk”.

Nano definition raises as many questions as it answers

Nano definition raises as many questions as it answers

By Elaine Watson

The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) has welcomed moves by the European Commission (EC) to develop a definition of nanomaterials for regulatory purposes, but raised some concerns about the draft definition currently out for consultation.

DEFRA COOL draft cites new rules on cheese

DEFRA COOL draft cites new rules on cheese

By Elaine Watson

The latest draft of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA’s) new code of practice on country of origin labelling (COOL) advises manufacturers to state the origin of liquid milk used in cheese and butter OR the place these products...

Polyol suppliers are smiling about positive EFSA sugar-free gum opinions

Roquette chews on positive EFSA gum opinions

By Shane Starling

French supplier Roquette is hailing the potential of polyols to boost dental health, following recent article 14 positive opinions for sugar-free gum from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Attempts to cut red tape badly received

Attempts to cut red tape badly received

By Rod Addy


Government efforts to ease regulatory burdens could cause as many problems as they solve for food manufacturers, according to delegates at Cranfield University’s UK food production symposium, ‘Building robust supply networks’.

Companies collaborating for public good risk breaking law

Companies collaborating for public good risk breaking law

By Rick Pendrous

Food business operators have been warned they risk infringing competition law by collaborating on some government initiatives designed to improve the nutritional profile of foods. Companies found guilty could face hefty fines.

Are you prepared for the Bribery Act?

Are you prepared for the Bribery Act?

By Rick Pendrous and Elaine Watson

Food manufacturers could fall foul of new legislation unless they educate staff about the difference between legitimate corporate hospitality and bribery, Eversheds has warned.

Casual use of 'hand-made'undermines artisan producers

Casual use of 'hand-made'undermines artisan producers

By Frederick Dawson and Elaine Watson

Artisan confectionery manufacturers are being undermined by a lack of clarity regarding the use of the word ‘hand-made’ on labels, according to chocolate maker Chocolaterie Casemir.