France looks set to prohibit meat terms from being used to describe plant-based foods, with MPs backing a proposal to ban producers of meat substitutes from using phrases like “steak” or “sausage” to describe meat-free products. Read the full article on FoodNavigator here.
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.
One of the main advantages of plastic packaging 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 fuelling it. Read […]
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 […]
Taxes levied on sweetened drinks and snack foods are of most benefit to the poor in helping to make long-term healthy lifestyle changes, a Lancet study concludes. Read more on FoodNavigator here.
A UK startup making water containers from seaweed is one of many businesses thinking of food-based answers to the global problem of plastic. Can they catch on? Read the full article on The Guardian here.
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.
The European Commission, steered by Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, has taken a number of initiatives to simplify the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and help EU farmers cope with the rising demands. Read the full article on Euractiv here.
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 […]
While consumers are being offered more vegetarian meal options, if these choices are segregated it can actually reduce the proportion of people who opt for them, a new study suggests. Read the full article on FoodNavigator here.