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Going Beyond Food Industry Flooring Standards

    Going Beyond Food Industry Flooring Standards

The scale of today’s food industry combined with the strict standards that it has to comply with means that food and beverage businesses have never faced so many challenges and concerns in order to successfully grow, process and sell products. This is exemplified by the requirements placed on each building component, piece of equipment and production […]

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European Commission Tables Update of Rules on Alcohol Excise Duties

    European Commission Tables Update of Rules on Alcohol Excise Duties

The European Commission has proposed to reshape the rules governing excise duty on alcohol within the EU, paving the way for a better business environment and reduced costs for small alcohol-producing businesses and better protection for consumer health. The announcement means that small and artisan alcohol producers (including, for the first time, small independent cider […]

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Food Industry Progress to Cut Sugar in the UK Unveiled

    Food Industry Progress to Cut Sugar in the UK Unveiled

Public Health England (PHE) has published the first assessment of progress on the government’s sugar reduction programme, measuring how far the food industry has gone towards reducing the sugar children consume through everyday foods. As part of the government’s plan to reduce childhood obesity, the food industry, including retailers, manufacturers, restaurants, cafés and pub chains, […]

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UK Sugar Tax Adds £5 Million in Soft Drink Retail Sales

    UK Sugar Tax Adds £5 Million in Soft Drink Retail Sales

Since the UK soft drinks sugar levy came into force on 6th April 2018, market data from IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers, indicates that in the two weeks following the introduction of the sugar levy, sales of soft drinks rose in value by £5 million to […]

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Minimum Unit Pricing Implemented in Scotland

    Minimum Unit Pricing Implemented in Scotland

Scotland has become the first country in the world to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol. New legislation brought into force sets a minimum 50 pence per unit price to tackle the damage caused by cheap, high strength alcohol.
Research shows that the move is expected to save 392 lives in the first five years of […]

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European Commission Clears Ireland’s Sugar Sweetened Drinks Tax

    European Commission Clears Ireland’s Sugar Sweetened Drinks Tax

The European Commission has concluded that Ireland’s sugar sweetened drinks tax does not involve State aid. In particular, the Commission found that the measure’s scope and design are consistent with the health objectives pursued by Ireland, namely tackling obesity and other sugar related diseases.
In February 2018, Ireland notified to the Commission its plans to introduce […]

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DuPont Nutrition & Health and Inbiose to Bring 2’-Fucosyllactose to the European Market

    DuPont Nutrition & Health and Inbiose to Bring 2’-Fucosyllactose to the European Market

DuPont Nutrition & Health and Inbiose have received regulatory approval of their first human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) ingredient for infant formula in the European market. Human milk oligosaccharides, complex carbohydrates found in breast milk, are an important breakthrough innovation in infant formula, developing a product with more of the health benefits associated with human milk.
There […]

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MOGUNTIA Establishing New Future-oriented IT Infrastructure With Infor

    MOGUNTIA Establishing New Future-oriented IT Infrastructure With Infor

Infor, a leading provider of industry-specific cloud applications, has announced that MOGUNTIA FOOD GROUP, a spice producer focusing on meat processing based in Basel, Switzerland, has decided to introduce Infor’s Food & Beverage suite in the cloud to consolidate its IT infrastructure. This will help enable MOGUNTIA to adhere to customary certifications more efficiently and […]

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Brewers of Europe Welcomes Industry-wide Agreement on Consumer Information

    Brewers of Europe Welcomes Industry-wide Agreement on Consumer Information

The Brewers of Europe, which brings together national brewers’ associations from 29 European countries and provides a voice to support the united interests of Europe’s 8,500 breweries, has endorsed a joint framework with other alcoholic beverage sectors to voluntarily list ingredients and nutrition information and, through the Beer Annex to the framework, reiterated brewers’ long-standing […]

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Industry-wide Review Launched into Meat Processing Plants Across the UK

    Industry-wide Review Launched into Meat Processing Plants Across the UK

The Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland have published details of a major review into the sites where meat products are processed and stored in the UK. The two organisations have launched a comprehensive review of hygiene controls with the review including unannounced inspections and audit regimes.
The Food Standards Agency has announced that it […]

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Scottish Government to Introduce 50 Pence Per Unit Minimum Price For Alcohol

    Scottish Government to Introduce 50 Pence Per Unit Minimum Price For Alcohol

The Scottish Government will recommend the minimum price per unit of alcohol should be set at 50 pence. The decision was made following analysis of a public consultation, and the recommended price will now be laid before the Scottish Parliament
Health Secretary Shona Robison said the responses to the consultation indicated the majority of respondents who […]

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European Strategy on Plastic Waste Adopted

    European Strategy on Plastic Waste Adopted

The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, has been adopted. It is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy.
It is designed to protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe. There is a strong business case for transforming the way […]

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Revised Safe Intake For 3-MCPD in Vegetable Oils and Food

    Revised Safe Intake For 3-MCPD in Vegetable Oils and Food

EFSA’s experts have used an updated scientific approach to reassess the possible long-term adverse effects of the food processing contaminant 3-MCPD on the kidney and male fertility.
Consumption levels of 3-MCPD in food are considered safe for most consumers but there is a potential health concern among high consumers in younger age groups. In the worst […]

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Green Light For Cargill/Faccenda Foods Joint Venture

    Green Light For Cargill/Faccenda Foods Joint Venture

The proposed joint venture between Cargill and Faccenda Foods to create a leading UK food company focused on chicken, turkey and duck is expected to be operating as a standalone business by the end of January 2018. The alliance, which entails Faccenda Foods merging with Cargill’s UK fresh chicken business, has just been approved by […]

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The Future of Food and Farming – For a Flexible, Fair and Sustainable Common Agricultural Policy

    The Future of Food and Farming – For a Flexible, Fair and Sustainable Common Agricultural Policy

Simpler rules and a more flexible approach will ensure the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) delivers real results in supporting farmers and leads the sustainable development of EU agriculture. These are the cornerstone ideas of the Communication recently adopted to by the European Commission on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’, outlining the ways to ensure […]

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AB InBev Accused of Abusing Dominant Position in Belgium

    AB InBev Accused of Abusing Dominant Position in Belgium

The European Commission has informed AB InBev of its preliminary view that the company has abused its dominant position on the Belgian beer market, by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler and Leffe beers from the Netherlands and France into Belgium.
Effective competition is important for European consumers to reap all the benefits of the internal […]

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2 Sisters and Standards in Poultry Processing Report Published

    2 Sisters and Standards in Poultry Processing Report Published

The Environment, Foods and Rural Affairs Committee in the UK has published its report into 2 Sisters Food Group and Standards in Poultry Processing. The Committee launched an inquiry into 2 Sisters and poultry standards following the undercover footage released by The Guardian and ITN.
The evidence sessions looked at the issues raised at the 2 […]

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Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing to Go Ahead in Scotland

    Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing to Go Ahead in Scotland

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that minimum unit pricing for alcohol, which was passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, can now proceed. Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison has welcomed the decision and confirmed she intends to make a statement to Parliament shortly, setting out the Scottish Government’s next steps.
Following the unequivocal backing […]

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European Commission Proposes Fishing Opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea For 2018

    European Commission Proposes Fishing Opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea For 2018

The European Commission has presented its proposal for fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and the North Sea for 2018. The Commission proposes quotas for 78 stocks: for 53 stocks the fishing quota is either increased or remains the same and for 25 stocks is reduced. The fishing opportunities, or Total Allowable Catches (TACs), are quotas […]

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The Brewers of Europe Ahead of Target in Fulfilling Commitment For Comparable Information

    The Brewers of Europe Ahead of Target in Fulfilling Commitment For Comparable Information

The Brewers of Europe are successfully implementing their voluntary commitment to list ingredients and provide comparable nutrition information, calling on other sectors to follow their lead in view of the alcohol industry proposal due in March next year.
In March 2015, The Brewers of Europe announced a major voluntary move from brewers across Europe to list ingredients […]

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The End of EU Sugar Production Quotas

    The End of EU Sugar Production Quotas

The very last agricultural quota system in place, managing sugar production in the European Union, was scrapped on 30 September 2017, after nearly 50 years. The decision to end the sugar quotas was agreed between the European Parliament and Member States in the 2013 reform of the Common Agricultural policy (CAP) after a major reform […]

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European Commission Guides Member States in Tackling Dual Quality Food Products

    European Commission Guides Member States in Tackling Dual Quality Food Products

The European Commission has issued a set of guidelines on the application of EU food and consumer laws to dual quality products, as announced by President Juncker in this year’s State of the Union speech. The guidelines will help national authorities to determine whether a company is breaking EU laws when selling products of dual […]

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New Members For ESSNA

    New Members For ESSNA

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has announced another expansion in its membership as Synergy Tastes, Active Nutrition International, Nutritional Products International, the International Council on Amino Acid Science (ICAAS) and TdeltaS join Europe’s voice for the sports nutrition industry.
Synergy Tastes joins as a manufacturer and supplier of flavourings, extracts and essences and is […]

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Heineken’s Acquisition of Punch is Cleared

    Heineken’s Acquisition of Punch is Cleared

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has accepted proposals by Heineken to resolve concerns over its £402.7 million acquisition of Punch Taverns, one of the UK’s largest leased pub companies, with a portfolio of more than 3,500 pubs nationwide. In June, the CMA said that Heineken’s proposed purchase of part of the Punch Taverns estate […]

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Market-leading Food Contact Conference, Plastics & Paper in Contact with Food – 4-7 December, Berlin

    Market-leading Food Contact Conference, Plastics & Paper in Contact with Food – 4-7 December, Berlin

Over 200 experts from across the food contact industry will come together in Berlin, Germany from 4–7 December 2017 to attend Smithers Pira’s Plastics & Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs (P&P) –http://www.food-contact.com/plastics-paper.
With the European Commission having recently published EU regulation 752/2017 amending EU Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended for food contact, all […]

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New Research By Action on Sugar Reveals Cereal Manufacturers Are Using Poor Nutrition Labelling

    New Research By Action on Sugar Reveals Cereal Manufacturers Are Using Poor Nutrition Labelling

Leading sugar and health expert group Action on Sugar, based at Queen Mary University of London, is calling for colour-coded ‘traffic light’ front of pack (FOP)1 nutrition labelling to be introduced across all food and drink products after exposing many perceived ‘healthy’ cereal brands who have failed to include the Department of Health endorsed colour-coded labelling […]

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New Codex Standard Will “Spark Permeate Market into Life”

    New Codex Standard Will “Spark Permeate Market into Life”

The final approval of a Codex Alimentarius international standard for dairy permeate powder has been given a warm welcome by Arla Foods Ingredients, one of the world’s leading permeate producers. The new science-based standard establishes global criteria for the identity, composition, safety and quality of powdered milk and whey permeates for the first time. It […]

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Scientists Investigate Origin of Isolated BSE Cases

    Scientists Investigate Origin of Isolated BSE Cases

The European response to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) after the crisis of the 1980s has significantly reduced prevalence of the disease in cattle. However, isolated cases are still being reported in the EU and for this reason the European Commission has asked EFSA to investigate their origin. The key measure for controlling BSE in the EU is […]

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EFSA Reviews Safety of Glutamates Added to Food

    EFSA Reviews Safety of Glutamates Added to Food

EFSA has established a safe intake level for glutamic acid and glutamates used as food additives after re-evaluating their safety. The Authority also concluded that estimated dietary exposure to glutamic acid and glutamates may exceed not only the safe level but also doses associated with adverse effects in humans for some population groups. On this […]

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€70 Million to Further Support European Fruit Producers

    €70 Million to Further Support European Fruit Producers

The exceptional measures already in place to help producers of perishable fruits affected by the ban on imports imposed by the Russian authorities have been extended for a further year until end of June 2018.
The measures were first introduced by the European Commission in the wake of the Russian import ban in August 2014. The […]

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EFSA Confirms Safe Levels For Nitrites and Nitrates Added to Food

    EFSA Confirms Safe Levels For Nitrites and Nitrates Added to Food

Existing safe levels for nitrites and nitrates intentionally added to meat and other foods are sufficiently protective for consumers, EFSA has concluded after re-evaluating their safety. Consumer exposure to nitrites and nitrates as food additives is within safe levels for all population groups, except for a slight exceedance in children whose diet is high in […]

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The Revision of ISO 22000 on Food Management Moves One Step Further

    The Revision of ISO 22000 on Food Management Moves One Step Further

Revision is ongoing for ISO 22000 on food safety management systems, which has just reached the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage. The revised standard will incorporate a new core structure as well as recognized key elements to ensure food safety at every step of the food chain.
The ISO 22000 revision aims to consolidate the most recent issues surrounding food […]

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EU Fisheries Controls – More Effort Needed

    EU Fisheries Controls – More Effort Needed

More efforts are needed if the EU is to have an effective fisheries control system in place, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The auditors say that Member States and the European Commission have made progress over the last decade; however, the EU does not yet have a sufficiently effective […]

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Fight Against Illegal Fishing

    Fight Against Illegal Fishing

The European Commission has expanded the global fight against illegal fishing by listing Saint Vincent & the Grenadines and the Comoros as uncooperative. Under the EU’s rules to fight and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, defining a country as uncooperative is tantamount to issuing a red card which effectively bans trade in fisheries products between […]

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Cutting Food Waste in the EU

    Cutting Food Waste in the EU

MEPs are supporting efforts to halve food waste in the EU by 2030, by lifting existing restrictions on food donations and eliminating confusion about ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ labels.
“In developed countries food is wasted mostly at the end of the chain, at distribution and consumption. Everyone has a responsibility to tackle this problem,” says […]

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Better Data on EU Fisheries

    Better Data on EU Fisheries

The European Council has adopted a regulation aimed at improving the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector. The new rules are designed to simplify and strengthen the current system for the collection of biological, environmental, technical and socio-economic data.
They will allow in particular for the gathering of extensive and reliable information […]

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Public Consultation on How Excise Duties are Applied to Alcoholic Beverages

    Public Consultation on How Excise Duties are Applied to Alcoholic Beverages

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how excise duties are applied to alcohol and alcoholic beverages (‘excise duty structures’). EU excise duty rules for alcohol aim to prevent trade distortions in the Single Market, ensure fair competition between businesses, and reduce administrative burden for businesses.
Concretely, the rules define product categories, methods to charge the duty and […]

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Researchers Show How to Navigate Complex EU Health Claim Regulations For Food and Drinks

    Researchers Show How to Navigate Complex EU Health Claim Regulations For Food and Drinks

EU regulations on health claims on food are complex but navigable, a study into food regulations has found. The study, led by Professor Monique Raats at the University of Surrey, working with researchers from Slovenia and Denmark, found that EU regulation, which is aimed at substantiating marketing claims of the health benefits of food, has […]

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Brexit Upheaval Demands EU State Aid Exemptions For Ireland

    Brexit Upheaval Demands EU State Aid Exemptions For Ireland

Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII), the Ibec group, has said the increased likelihood of a hard and disruptive Brexit, and a fracture of the single market demands a series of exceptions from EU state aid rules for the Irish agri-food and drink sector. In a new report, which sets out the case for exceptional […]

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Tougher EU Food Inspections From Farm to Fork

    Tougher EU Food Inspections From Farm to Fork

Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, have been adopted by the European Parliament. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.
The legislation will provide a comprehensive, integrated and more […]

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Simpler Food Safety Rules Proposed For Small Retailers

    Simpler Food Safety Rules Proposed For Small Retailers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed a simplified approach to food safety management in small retail businesses such as grocery shops, butchers, and bakeries. The approach includes guidelines on how to identify the most relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards at each stage of the food production process, the activities or practices that […]

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UK Food Industry Welcomes New Rules on Advertising

    UK Food Industry Welcomes New Rules on Advertising

The Food and Drink Federation – the voice of UK manufacturers – has welcomed the release of new Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) rules banning the advertising of high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) food or drink products in children’s media.
Ian Wright CBE, Director General of Food and Drink Federation, comments: “We fully support this […]

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European Milk Package Strengthens Dairy Producers’ Position in the Supply Chain

    European Milk Package Strengthens Dairy Producers’ Position in the Supply Chain

The European Commission has published the second report on the operation of the so-called Milk Package, a series of measures launched in 2012 to strengthen the position of European dairy producers in the supply chain. The report shows that after three years of implementation, European farmers are increasingly using the tools provided by the Milk […]

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End to Time-at-sea Limits For North Sea Cod Fisheries

    End to Time-at-sea Limits For North Sea Cod Fisheries

North Sea cod fishermen will be able to land every catch – not just cod – more easily following the European Parliament’s recent decision. The updated regulation will remove limits on the number of days a vessel can spend in a fishing area and thus remove all obstacles to complying with the landing obligation in […]

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British Frozen Food Federation Calls For Swift Action on Export Strategy

    British Frozen Food Federation Calls For Swift Action on Export Strategy

British Frozen Food Federation, the voice of the UK’s £8 billion frozen food industry, has called for the Government to deliver on its food export strategy as quickly as possible. The call follows a survey of the BFFF’s 300 plus members, which reveals that 55% of the respondents currently export, but only 45% see Brexit as […]

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Deep-sea Fishing Quotas Agreed For Next Two Years

    Deep-sea Fishing Quotas Agreed For Next Two Years

The EU fisheries ministers have agreed on fishing limits (or Total Allowable Catches) for 19 deep-sea stocks for 2017 and 2018. It is the first time in six years that a unanimous agreement was reached on deep sea quotas.
One of the TACs agreed, the roundnose grenadier in Northern areas, will be fished for the very […]

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Minimum Pricing to Impact Over Half of Alcohol Sales in Scotland

    Minimum Pricing to Impact Over Half of Alcohol Sales in Scotland

At least 50% of alcohol sold in Scotland does not meet the impending minimum price legislation. Spirits will be the most impacted as 69% of volume currently sold is below the 50p per unit threshold, according to measurement company Nielsen who analysed till sales (EPOS data) in nearly 1,200 stores in Scotland. Beer is the […]

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Fishing Opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea For 2017

    Fishing Opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea For 2017

In preparation for the December Fisheries Council, where EU Member States will negotiate fishing quotas in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2017, the European Commission is presenting its proposal on fishing quotas for next year in the Atlantic and the North Sea. This is the annual scheme for the amount of fish which can […]

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Portugal to bring in sugar tax

    Portugal to bring in sugar tax

Portugal has become the latest country to introduce a tax on sugary soft drinks, as its Government unveiled plans to bring in the levy next year.
While plans for a sugar tax were announced in last week’s Budget here in Ireland, it will be several years before it takes effect.
The Portuguese sugar tax will see the […]

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Health Risks of Materials in Contact With Food – Tighter EU Safety Rules Needed

    Health Risks of Materials in Contact With Food – Tighter EU Safety Rules Needed

EU-wide safety rules are needed for more materials in contact with food, such as those used in packaging, kitchen utensils and tableware, say MEPs in a recent non-binding resolution. They note that only some of these materials, such as plastics and ceramics, have been fully tested for safety for human health. Others, including varnishes and […]

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EU Requests WTO Panel Over Colombia’s Discrimination Against Imported Spirits

    EU Requests WTO Panel Over Colombia’s Discrimination Against Imported Spirits

The EU has requested the establishment of a WTO panel to rule on a dispute concerning Colombia’s discriminatory treatment of imported spirits. The EU and Colombia held consultations earlier in the year (8-9 March 2016), however consultations failed to reach a solution to the dispute. While the EU recognizes Colombia’s efforts to bring about reform in […]

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Irish Beverage Council Highlights Costs of Proposed Sugar Tax

    Irish Beverage Council Highlights Costs of Proposed Sugar Tax

The Irish Beverage Council (IBC), the Ibec group that represents companies that produce, distribute and market soft drinks, juices, bottled waters and sports and energy drinks in Ireland, has published a new analysis of the impact of a possible sugar tax, which sets out the economic damage to consumers, business and the Irish economy that […]

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Brexit – What Now For Scotch Whisky?

    Brexit – What Now For Scotch Whisky?

Since UK voters decided that the UK should leave the European Union, the Scotch Whisky Association has been busy consulting members on what that means for one of the country’s most significant industries and exporters. More than 90% of Scotch Whisky produced is sold outside the UK. Indeed, Scotch Whisky is the biggest single net contributor […]

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Groceries Code Adjudicator Achieving Significant Progress For Suppliers

    Groceries Code Adjudicator Achieving Significant Progress For Suppliers

The UK’s top ten supermarkets have all acted on issues raised by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) and suppliers are seeing the benefit. Adjudicator Christine Tacon (pictured) says that she is achieving significant progress as a sector-wide survey showed a further fall in the number of suppliers experiencing Groceries Code-related issues.
According to the YouGov survey […]

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