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Novel foods: applications will now be submitted to the European Commission

EU novel foods overhaul gets cautious welcome

By Noli Dinkovski

The EU’s new centralised process for the approval of novel foods has been welcomed by the food industry – but there are fears over the implications on intellectual property.

Compostable film from Futamura (formerly known as Innovia Films)

Call for oxodegradable plastics ban wins support

By Paul Gander

More than 150 organisations, including leading UK brand-owners, have backed a November call by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) for a ban on oxodegradable plastics in packaging, including carrier bags.

Professor Glover: ‘We must call out when science and evidence is being misused’

Food scientists must stand up and be counted

By Rick Pendrous

Scientists – including those in food science and nutrition – need to start explaining to politicians and the public generally some potentially uncomfortable truths, or risk being shackled with policies that are not evidence-based, a leading scientist...

Cured meat processors fear EU cuts on nitrites

Cured meat firms fear EC nitrite cuts

By Rick Pendrous

Processed meat producers worry that the European Commission (EC) could reduce the maximum level of nitrites that are allowed to be used as a preservative in cured meat products such as ham.

FIC 'raises complex questions about determining which is the main ingredient'

Confusion about origin and added water labelling

By Rick Pendrous

EU legislation designed to avoid consumers being mislead about the country of origin of ingredients contained in compound foods they purchase is likely to cause headaches for food manufacturers, according to a legal expert.

BFFF: Labelled date of freezing should be the date of freezing of the burger, not of the meat ingredient

UK frozen food sector wins EC date labelling battle

By Rick Pendrous

The UK’s frozen food sector is celebrating a partial victory with the European Commission (EC) over a disagreement relating to the date labelling of frozen meat products required under the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulations, which came into...

A TTIP trade deal could be undermined by German GMO fears

Trade deal could be torpedoed by German GM fears

By Michael Stones

A transatlantic trade deal – worth billions of pounds to European food and drink manufacturers – could be derailed by Germany’s fears of genetically modified (GM) products, according to a former leading Brussels bureaucrat.

'Scare-mongering' reports have over emphasised the dangers of quitting the EU

Food firms ‘to face higher costs after EU exit’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers would face higher long-term costs if Britain quits the EU, but the move would have less impact on business than some “scare-mongering” reports suggest.

Bureaucracy weighs heavy: excessive red tape is said to be blocking wealth generation

Industry welcomes deregulation plans

By Rick Pendrous

Plans to cut red tape, announced by the new Conservative government and the European Commission (EC), have been welcomed by the business community, including representatives of food and drink manufacture.

Safety of insects considered by new report

First EU edible insect food safety guide published

By Nicholas Robinson

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.

Napier Brown claims to be Europe’s largest non-refining sugar distributor

UK competition authority shelves British Sugar probe

By Rod Addy

British Sugar has temporarily avoided a costly and time-consuming investigation into its market practices, with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) confirming it will not pursue the probe for now.

A rash move? FSA advice on natural smoked bacon is at odds with EC interpretation

Smoked bacon faces a ban on using 'natural'

By Rick Pendrous

A row has broken out between the UK’s bacon producers and the European Commission (EC) over proposals contained in the latest draft of EU guidance on labelling of flavourings, which would ban the use of the term ‘natural’ on products traditionally smoked...

Fishy question: what should be the freeze date? At sea or after processing?

Agreeing frozen fish dates sparks hot debate

By Nicholas Robinson

Consumers could be put off eating fish, if new EU rules governing the labelling dates of frozen fish are not better defined, the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has warned.

Food hygiene inspections face a shake-up and small firms could face stiff charges


Small processors face hit from hygiene charges

By Rod Addy

Small food processors would pay for hygiene inspections under proposed EU rules after seeming exempt, and time is running out to block this, according to Bob Salmon, director, Food Solutions.

Sugar pricing is the subject of a bitter dispute between ABF and Napier Brown

Napier Brown fires latest salvo in bitter row with ABF

By Rod Addy

Associated British Foods (ABF) faces fines for anti-competitive practices if a competition authority probe just launched finds it guilty in the latest round of a longstanding feud with Napier Brown.

Geslain-Lanéelle will take up the role of director general for agricultural, agri-food and territorial policies in the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry on September 1, 2013

EFSA executive director stands down

By Laurence Gibbons

Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle has announced her decision to stand down from her role as executive director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Proposed changes to food safety inspection rules are scheduled to take effect in 2016

EC to extend food safety inspection charges

By Rick Pendrous

Food processors could face soaring costs for official inspections as a consequence of the European Commission’s (EC’s) attempt to standardise ‘official controls’ governing food safety regulation across the EU.

Clare Cheney, director general, Provision Trade Federation

It's country of origin labelling exam time

By Clare Cheney

In 2013 food labelling will again be a major preoccupation. But country of origin labelling (COOL) will not play a part. Anyone who thought they might have understood the implications will have a rude awakening if they see the European Commission (EC)...

The EC wants farmer subsidies based on environmental stewardship

Budget row stalls EU farming reforms

By Rick Pendrous

Reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is unlikely to happen for at least another two years because MEPs and the European Commission (EC) are struggling to agree on the budget, it has emerged.

The European Commission refused to comment on the Leveson report

Leveson: EC silent on media’s euro-coverage

By Mike Stones

The European Commission (EC) declined to comment on Lord Justice Leveson’s report into the culture, practice and ethics of the press yesterday (November 29), despite one of its officials claiming in the summer that the British media often misrepresented...

Enzymes: processing aids or ingredients?

EU enzyme scrutiny could open up GM ‘can of worms’

By Paul Gander

Fresh efforts by the European Commission (EC) to clarify the status of food enzymes as ‘processing aids’ or ‘ingredients’ could reopen the vexed question of labelling genetically modified micro-organisms (GMMOs) in food, according to one regulatory expert.

A number of lessons have been learnt from E.coli

Europe’s food ‘safer than ever’

By David Burrows

Europe’s food is “safer than ever”, despite an increase in reports to Europe’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) in 2011.

Sports foods may become subject to claims regulation

EFSA review of sports nutrition law is 'likely'

By Paul Gander

A second reading of the European Parliament's (EP's) report on replacing the regulatory framework for foods for particular nutritional uses (PARNUTS) is now unlikely before early 2013, but deliberations on regulating some categories could continue...

AIPIA director Eef de Ferrante is urging the EC to legislate in order to clarify which active and intelligent packaging technologies and materials can be used

Plea for EC rules active and intelligent packaging

By Paul Gander

The newly-formed Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) is urging the European Commission (EC) to legislate in order to clarify which AIP technologies and materials can be used, and how they can be applied.

No EU guidance on wording for health claims is available to firms

Uncertainty continues on health claims wording

By Freddie Dawson

Manufacturers are still not sure how much flexibility they have in wording health claims because guidance from the European Commission (EC) is not yet available.

Food firms worry that the EU ban on the export of illegal eggs could cause a supply shortage

Food firms reveal egg ban price fears

Food firms reveal egg ban price fears

By Dan Colombini

Higher prices could result from the recent government agreement preventing illegal eggs being exported to the UK, according to food and drink manufacturers.

The Comission should rethink its health claims proposals, a group of MEPs has urged

MEPs slam Commission’s health claims plans

By Mike Stones

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have objected to the European Commission’s (EC's) proposal for an approved list of Article 13.1 claims, urging more consideration of what should be included in the list.

Besmoke is building a strong base in smoked ingredients

Besmoke fans flames of growth

By Rod Addy

EU smoked flavourings regulations are driving swift growth at Sussex-based smoked food firm Besmoke.

Beneo's Sentko backs EFSA critics

Beneo's Sentko backs EFSA critics

By Rod Addy

Beneo-Institute has supported criticism of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for taking a pharmaceutical line on assessing claims under Article 13.1 of the EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation.

EC sugar reform will introduce much needed stability and transparency, according to analysts

Sugar reforms are 'good news' for food firms

By Dan Colombini

The European Commission’s plans to abolish beet sugar quotas by 2015 will be welcomed by food manufacturers, predicted market analysts who slammed the current sugar regime for being “completely illogical”.

The EU sugar regime is blunting firms' competitiveness, it is claimed

EC plans farm policy revamp to include sugar reform

By Dan Colombini

The future of pricing of agricultural commodities lies in the balance today as the European Commission (EC) announces plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, with major reform of the sugar regime expected to feature in the package.

Fish sustainability measures will lead to soaring prices

Fish prices may rise as EU imports fall

By Freddie Dawson

Fish prices are set to rise in the long-term as imports into Europe will be insufficient to ensure supplies, warned speakers at a conference held earlier this week to debate the future of UK fishing industry and the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Government has ‘no perception’ of E.coli crisis impact

Government has ‘no perception’ of E.coli crisis impact

By Ben Bouckley

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has criticised “UK government plc” for what it describes as a damaging and misleading response to the deadly European E.coli crisis that has left this country's fresh produce industry in turmoil.


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