European Food Safety Authority

The Local Government Association has called for continued access to the EU's food safety systems

LGA: retain access to EU health system

By Gwen Ridler

Failure to access Europe-wide food safety and animal health systems post-Brexit could weaken local councils’ ability to protect public health and increase the risk of a new food scandal.

Naked Bacon will be available in UK supermarkets from January 10

Nitrite-free bacon set for UK launch

By Noli Dinkovski

A bacon product free of cancer-causing nitrites is to launch in the UK following a £14M investment by Northern Irish meat processor Finnebrogue.

A sugar-reduced yogurt made from Beneo’s chicory root fibre was on show at HiE

EU health claims process comes under fire

By Noli Dinkovski

A lack of transparency behind the EU health claims approval process is stifling innovation and proving costly to businesses, the director of a global ingredients firm has claimed.

Yacon is a natural source of fructooligosaccharides

Business Leaders’ Forum

Alara Wholefoods aims to create 17 new jobs

By Rod Addy

Alara Wholefoods aims to create 17 jobs over the course of this year off the back of strong demand for its organic and gluten-free muesli and other food lines.

Experts have slammed a moratorium blocking proposals simplify the authorisation procedure for nanotechnology

MEPs block plans to ease nanotech approvals

By Nicholas Robinson

A moratorium blocking a proposal to simplify the authorisation procedure for nanotechnology in foods has been slammed by industry experts as “ridiculous”.

Winning novel foods approval is more difficult within the EU than in the US

Novel foods rules are a barrier to innovation

By Nicholas Robinson

Europe’s strict novel foods approval system is preventing businesses from bringing new novel ingredients into their home markets and driving them to countries such as the US instead, industry leaders have warned.

Advantame has been approved for use in the EU

New sweetener Advantame approved for use in EU

By Nicholas Robinson

A new aspartame-derived sweetener has been approved for use in Europe by the European Commission (EC) and touted as a means for manufacturers to cut sugar content.

Food and drink industry people on the move

People on the move in the food and drink industry

By Laurence Gibbons

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) appointment of a new executive director leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food and drink industry.

The FSA's Committee on Toxicity stated the study raised no public health concerns

Sweetener backed by research before EFSA verdict

By Rod Addy

Controversial sweetener aspartame has sparked no health concerns in a study reviewed by the Food Standards Agency’s Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer products and the Environment (COT).

Labelling could be based on allergic reaction to thresholds

Voluntary allergen labelling could be allowed by law

By Rick Pendrous

Controversial provisions for voluntary allergen labelling could become legally incorporated within the Food Information for Consumers Regulations (FIC), according to a leading expert in the field.

Lemon balm recives EFSA approval

EFSA approves lemon balm

Activ'Inside claims to have produced the only natural lemon balm extract titrated in magnesium with European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approval that enables manufacturers to communicate a message of naturalness, tradition, history of use and safety....

European Commission approves the use of Zeaxanthin in food supplements

Eye-spy ingredient approval for Zeaxanthin

The European Commission (EC)has approved the use of nature-identical Zeaxanthin in the as an ingredient in food supplements, DSM Nutritional Products has revealed.

Gary Scattergood

EFSA tastes success with flavourings list

By Gary Scattergood

No news is good news. Unless you're a journalist. That was the conclusion of a conversation I had with a leading lawyer when discussing the European Union's (EU) list of 2,500 approved flavourings for the food and drink industry.

Pregnant women should avoid the high levels of acrylamide sometimes found in chips, according to new research

Acrylamide may cause low birth weight: New research

By Mike Stones

New research has linked foods rich in acrylamide, such as chips, to a higher risk of low birth weight children, while levels of the chemical in chips are rising, according to a separate report the European food watchdog the European Food Safety Authority...

Scientists are working on a healthy burger from beetroot

Eat to the beet

By Sue Scott

Scientists are raising the bar of fast food to create the ultimately healthy, plant-based beetburger, says Sue Scott

Let the next claims battle commence

Let the next claims battle commence

By Rick Pendrous

News last month that DSM Nutritional Products (DSM) and Kemin planned to contest the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA's) rejection of their submitted claims for lutein and eye health, is but the latest twist in the tortuous saga of the...

What does the future hold for novel foods?

Back to the future

By Lorraine Mullaney

Sometimes we have to go back to move forward. This is particularly true for novel ingredients and health claims, says Lorraine Mullaney.

Clare Cheney, director general, PTF

The bad guys win the bureaucratic battle

By Clare Cheney

I know it's not a new subject, but the European Food Safety Authority's decision, under the health claims regulations, to forbid the use of 'probiotic' labels on food, looks even more unhelpful to consumers when you ponder the implications...

FIE celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary this year with a strong presence from China

China is key theme at FIE food show

By Rod Addy

One of the food industry’s biggest trade shows, Food Ingredients Europe, opened its doors in Paris last week with a strong presence from China.

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.

UK brands renew interest in omega-3

UK brands renew interest in omega-3

By Rod Addy

Top food brands are revisiting omega-3 after battling regulatory hurdles, consumer understanding and issues raised by the taste it gave products, according to Ulrick & Short (U&S) md Andrew Ulrick.

There'll be gel to pay

There'll be gel to pay

By Rod Addy

As Winston Churchill said at a crucial time during the Second World War: "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is the end of the beginning." For food, drink and ingredients processors battling with health claims...

EFSA defends aspartame work, denies dossier loss

EFSA defends aspartame work, denies dossier loss

By Ben Bouckley

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has denied a suggestion by two MEPs that it may have lost data relating to a previous safety evaluation of the high intensity sweetener aspartame (E951) and that it failed to examine it properly in the first place.

FIR is getting bogged down over labelling

COOL wrangles could derail Food Information Regulation

By Rod Addy

Increasing division over food labelling proposals has reignited fears that the entire process of updating the EU Food Information Regulation (FIR) could collapse, wasting years of work and substantial investment by industry.

Clement-Jones: Value for money

Peer probes FSA aspartame study as costs double

By Elaine Watson

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Clement-Jones has called on the Department of Health to explain how spending £322,000 of taxpayers' money on a study addressing consumer concerns over aspartame represents value for money at a time when budgets are so stretched.

Safety risks rise with global sourcing and EU’s over-65s

Safety risks rise with global sourcing and EU’s over-65s

By Rick Pendrous

Moves to persuade consumers to reduce food waste could make them more susceptible to incidents of foodborne diseases if they eat foods that are beyond their use-by dates, according to Sainsbury’s chief microbiologist.

Report: Baby boomers in urgent need of brain food

Report: Baby boomers in urgent need of brain food

By Elaine Watson

The market for products designed to keep our grey matter ticking over as we get older remains ripe for exploitation by food manufacturers, provided they can find a way to communicate their benefits without falling foul of health claims legislation, according...

Firms must collaborate to secure health claims, says Coke

Firms must collaborate to secure health claims, says Coke

By Elaine Watson

Food companies will increasingly have to pool resources and work with each other in order to fund the kind of human intervention studies required to support health claims, according to Coca-Cola Europe functional ingredients and external technology acquisition...



Regulatory woes notwithstanding, there’s never a dull day working in R&D at the world’s leading supplier of vitamins, carotenoids, and other biochemicals, discovers Elaine Watson 


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