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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).


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