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Farmers hail new transparency rules in food safety, still want science-based decisions   Recently updated !

EU farmers have welcomed the European Commission’s new rules on transparency in food safety assessments. However, it is still uncertain to which extent this will ensure that future decisions will actually be based on science. Read the full article on Euractiv here.


Plastic packaging fails to reduce food waste, study warns   Recently updated !

One of the main advantages of plastic packaging cited by manufacturers is that it keeps food fresher for longer, reducing food waste. But a new study by NGOs Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe published on 10 April has revealed that plastic food packaging has not tackled Europe’s food waste problem and may be actually […]


EU Commission wants new powers to vet product safety

On April 11, the European Commission proposed giving itself new powers to request scientific studies on the safety of products, in an effort to quell public concerns that industry has too much influence over the process. If adopted, the new rules will affect all companies looking to approve a wide range of products, including genetically modified […]


Taxing soda and booze can spark healthy spiral, experts say

According to a new analysis published in The Lancet medical journal, taxing products such as soda, alcohol and tobacco can steer consumers toward healthier choices and avert a ruinous tumble in which obesity fuels disease and medical costs push people further into poverty. Read the full article here.


Fakers, bakers and praline-makers fear bite of EU origin labels

Following the Commission’s proposal for new legislation on so-called country of origin labelling, food companies fear that they will be forced to indicate the origin of their primary ingredient on packaging. Boxes of gourmet Belgian chocolates, for example, might have to give some indication that the cocoa came from Ivory Coast, while Italian coffee would also be […]


Report says end meat and dairy subsidies, tax meat in shift to crop protein diet

According to a report released at a debate held at the European Parliament on the 27th of February, the EU and the UK after Brexit should end subsidies for meat and dairy production and tax meat and other animal products, to encourage a necessary shift to growing pulses and other protein crops. Read the full […]