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In the European Green Deal, the Commission presented a strategy aiming at transforming the EU into a resource-efficient and sustainable society by 2050. One of the main initiatives of the Deal is the Farm to Fork strategy which will also support enforcement of rules on misleading information. The current Commission’s ambitions well reflect the rising […]


European Parliament rejects ban on ‘veggie burgers’

On Friday 23 October, the European Parliament plenary session rejected AM165 to the Agricultural products’ list within the Common Market Organisation file of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Such an amendment would have prohibited plant-based food products from using meat-derived names (such as ‘veggie burger’, ‘vegan sausage’). The Parliament however supported such a ban for […]


European Parliament supports objections on E171 and Acrylamide

On 7 October 2020, the plenary session of the European Parliament supported two objections opposing two Commission regulation on E171 (Titanium Dioxide in food) and acrylamide. This votes by the EP sends a strong message: consumers must be at the core of all health decisions. For this reason, maximum levels of protection should be applied […]


CSOs send Joint Letter to EU leaders calling for better alignment between the CAP and the EU Green Deal

This Thursday 1st October, SAFE and more than 250 Civil Society Organisations sent a joint Open letter to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union Angela Merkel, and the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament chaired by David Sassoli, calling for full […]


MEPs call for lower maximum levels of acrylamide in food products for infants and young children

MEPs of the ENVI Committee (@EP_Environment on Twitter) voted in favour (53 votes in favour, 26 against, 2 abstentions) of an objection to the EC proposal concerning maximum levels of acrylamide in certain foodstuffs for infants and young children. The objection will be reported and voted in plenary on the first week of October. A […]


Single-Use Plastic Directive: still a lot to discuss

Back in 2018, the EU reached an agreement to ban certain types of single-use plastic products with the Single-Use Plastic Directive. The Directive, which will enter into force in 2021, bans single-use plastic items such as cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws and so-called expanded polystyrene food containers. The draft guidelines that will steer the implementation […]


SAFE welcomes MEPs’ decision to object new EC specifications for E171

SAFE welcomes the positive outcome of the vote which occurred yesterday evening and hope that this democratic decision will encourage the Commission to promote a complete removal of titanium dioxide nanoparticles from our food products.  On Monday 7 September 2020, a majority of MEPs of the ENVI Committee voted in favour of an objection against […]


MEPs urged to repel CAP amendments on denominations of plant-based products

On 28 August 2020, SAFE and 34 other organizations urged Members of the European Parliament in a letter to oppose several amendments forcing the use of terms such as “steak”, “sausage”, “escalope”, “burger” or “hamburger” exclusively for products of animal origin. The adoption of such amendments would mean that it is not possible to use […]


MEPs support the French ban on food additive E171

On 17 December 2019, a cross-party coalition of 34 MEPs sent a letter to Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides to ask for an extension of the French ban on E171 to the reste of the EU. Read more about this here: Articles from EUobserver, Agence Europe (full article here), Agrifoodtoday.it and IEG Policy. […]


CAPNGO’s Open letter to AGRI Committee MEPs concerning CAP proposals

On 20th March, the CAPNGO Working Group, gathering around fifteen NGOs to advocate for better proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy, sent an open letter to Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) ahead of the votes on the CAP Reform on the 2nd & 8th April 2019. As […]