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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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Baltic Plan – First Long-term Fishing Plan Under New Common Fisheries Policy

    Baltic Plan – First Long-term Fishing Plan Under New Common Fisheries Policy

The EU multiannual plan for managing Baltic Sea cod, sprat and herring stocks has been approved by the European Parliament. This is the first new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) regional plan that takes account of interactions between species. It aims to ensure the sustainability of fisheries and offer fishermen better economic conditions in the long […]

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Navigating Complex Global Rules For Soft Drinks

    Navigating Complex Global Rules For Soft Drinks

Leatherhead Food Research is addressing uncertainty over challenging global regulations for soft drinks and fruit juices with a bespoke industry guide. The aim of the Global Regulatory Guide on Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices is to help manufacturers and retailers make sense of the complex regulatory environment and enhance their response to it.
Requirements can vary […]

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MEPs Call For Strong Traceability System to Tackle Mislabelled Fish

    MEPs Call For Strong Traceability System to Tackle Mislabelled Fish

A strong traceability system for all fishery products sold in EU restaurants and shops would help to prevent cases of mislabelling, said MEPs in a recent approved resolution. A sound EU fish labelling policy would in turn boost consumer confidence and the economic development of the EU fishing industry.
MEPs have voiced concern about various studies […]

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New Grocery Regulations For Ireland

    New Grocery Regulations For Ireland

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has begun its role as enforcer of the new Grocery Regulations, following the publication of the Consumer Protection Act 2007 (Grocery Goods Undertakings) Regulations 2016. The regulations apply to retailers and wholesalers of food and drink in Ireland who have a worldwide turnover in excess of €50 million. Grocery […]

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