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UK task force studies measures against food fraud

The UK has set up a fraud task force to study how to beef up measures against the trade in illegal food.

EC commissioner's GM comments 'irrelevant' says EuropaBio

Simon Barber, a director at EuropaBio, has issued a withering attack on EC commissioner Dimas' contribution to the ongoing GM conference in Vienna.

Scientists call for more debate over EU chemicals legislation

Scientists studying chemicals in food have called for more public discussions with consumers and industry on proposed EU legislation.

Weekly Comment

Salt debate leaves bitter taste

The current debate about the levels at which the UK's food regulator has set its salt reduction targets misses the point about how healthier eating habits can be achieved.

Blue cheese dodges FSA salt slashing plan

Wrangling between the UK dairy industry and the country's food watchdog is set to continue over salt slashing targets, after both failed to reach an agreement to cut salt in...

Dairy Crest fined after mice get its cheese

UK processor Dairy Crest has been fined £17,000 after food hygiene authorities found mouse droppings on bottles of milk and packs of cheese at one of its distribution depots.

Food industry meets ahead of new UK salt targets

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) met with key industry players yesterday ahead of the anticipated launch of new salt targets.

Analysis kits for water soluble vitamins receive certification

A scientific organisation has certified analysis kits for testing water soluble vitamins in foods.

Regulator to begin inspections of meat plants under hygiene law

Like its counterparts across the EU, the UK's food regulator has started inspecting meat plants, threatening to close those that do not comply with the bloc's new hygiene laws.

Safety guide proposed for growing fresh-cut produce market

A draft guidance on the processing of most fresh-cut fruits and vegetables sets out standards producers should follow in reducing food safety hazards.

Commission issues proposals on international food safety standards

The European Commission has issued a series of comments on proposed changes to the UN's international food safety standards on such issues as labelling and microbiological risk.

Europe approves GM maize for food use

EU approval of the genetically modified (GM) maize 1507 paves the way for grain and processed products with the GM trait to be imported in all 25 EU countries.

EU's poultry industry disagrees with bloc's vaccination plan

The EU's poultry association has joined in the criticism of the European Commission for approving the vaccination of poultry flocks in the Netherlands and France.

EFSA opens up to discuss future of GM in Europe

Europe's food safety authority is holding a high level meeting with scientists this Wednesday to discuss the future development of Genetically Modified (GM) food within the bloc.

Regulator outlines foot-and-mouth prevention plan for bloc

The EU's food safety regulator has published an action plan to prevent foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease from entering the bloc again, calling for more controls on the import of animals, meat...

More food processors embracing automation and control systems

Regulations on traceability and food safety are driving Europe's food companies towards automation and control networked systems, a new study says.

WTO GM ruling will change nothing, say campaigners

The WTO ruling backing the US, Canada and Argentina in their efforts to open Europe up to genetically modified (GM) food has been dismissed as 'irrelevant'.

Traffic light labelling too crude says food lawyer

Food law experts at Eversheds have warned that the adoption of an industry standard for nutritional information looks increasingly unlikely.

EU sets dioxin and PCB levels for food and feed

The European Commission has set maximum levels for dioxins and PCBs in food as fears grow in three EU countries, where pig and poultry feed was found to be contaminated...

EU proposes animal welfare labelling for food products

The European Commission proposes to create a special "animal welfare" label for meat and fish products.

Commission guidance documents aim to clarify hygiene laws

In a bid to help food companies understand the EU's complex new food safety hygiene rules, the European Commission yesterday published three guidance documents on the regulations.

Budget cuts undermining food safety, warns EFSA

EFSA has expressed serious concern that the EU's proposed budget cut could seriously undermine food safety in Europe.

Italy's food safety measures called into question

Recent regulatory measures by Italy againstimported wheat, chocolate and poultryhave raised questions over whether the country isusing the EU's food safety and labelling laws tobatter down foreign competition.

EFSA issues favourable opinion on rapeseed oil

EFSA has concluded that rapeseed oil high in unsaponifiable matter as a novel food ingredient is safe for human consumption under specified conditions of use.

EU food regulator proposes charging fees for work

Europe's food safety regulator says it is underfunded and might have to start collecting fees from companies for its work.

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