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It’s good to 
be processed

It’s good to 
be processed

By Julian Hunt

One of the biggest frustrations of my job is dealing with ill-informed experts who insist that our world would be a better place if we rid ourselves of all processed foods and ate only fresh, in-season produce. 


Can we feed the world
 by 2050?

Can we feed the world
 by 2050?

By Professor Judy Buttriss

The world’s population had doubled to 6bn by the end of the last century. Global food shortages were predicted but averted. But can the food chain meet the challenge of feeding 9bn mouths by 2050? And will genetic modification technology have a place...

All for one – and one department for all


All for one – and one department for all


By Clare Cheney

Upon learning that responsibility for food labelling in England is to be distributed between three government departments, these words from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado sprung to mind: “but the laws of common sense, you oughtn’t to ignore”.

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.

Article 13.1 health claims: batch 3 due in October

Article 13.1 health claims: batch 3 due in October

The third batch of opinions on ‘article 13.1’ health claims assessed under the EU health claims Regulation will be published at the start of October, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed.

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.

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