European Commission

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.

ABF's operations will benefit from healthy pricing and cashflow

Delays in EU sugar regime reform are good news for ABF

By Rick Pendrous

Higher beet costs, adverse currency movements and weak prices in China are expected to hit Associated British Foods' (ABF's) profits from sugar in the current financial year. However, medium-term prospects for sugar look good, according to Shore...

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)...


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