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EFSA issues new advice on listeria

Europe's food safety watchdog has issued updated advice on reducing the risk of the food-borne bacteria listeria, urging food manufacturers to watch out for contamination during packaging, preparation and storage...

Euro GM reluctance could hit beer innovation

As the EU debates retaining national bans on genetically modified (GM) crops, one industry expert believes that failure to adapt could grant foreign rivals using the technology an upper hand,...

Scotland kicks off food policy debate

The Scottish government has published a new discussion paper setting out its vision for the country's food supply and industry, which will help set the agenda for its first ever...

EFSA seeks experts for two new panels

The European Food Safety Authority has started seeking experts to sit on its two new panels on food additives, flavourings, processing aids and food contact materials, following the decision to...

Cloning animals for food not ethical, says EU body

Using cloned animals for production of food such as meat and milk is not justified, say experts on ethics reporting to the European Commission.

EFSA gears up for health claims avalanche

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is preparing to "significantly" boost resources to deal with what may be thousands of health claims passed to it for evaluation.

Mixed verdict in managers' butter adultery case

Two French dairy managers face suspended prison sentences and €23m in fines for their alleged role in a Europe-wide scheme to produce and distribute adulterated butter, the European Anti Fraud...

Industry postpones infant nutrition rules

A high court judge has suspended the implementation of new rules on infant nutrition in the UK after a legal challenge was made by the Infant and Dietetic Foods Association...

France one step closer to extending GM ban

The French government declared yesterday that it is willing to apply an EU measure to implement a long term ban on genetically modified (GM) crops if a scientific panel decides...

UK body opens new year whisky consultation

It is not resolution, but regulation driving New Year optimism in Scotch whisky production, as the UK government this week opens consultation on new rules to protect the liquor's reputation...

FSA considers regulatory action on trans fats

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) will discuss tomorrow whether to maintain a voluntary approach for food manufacturers in limiting harmful trans fatty acids or whether to introduce mandatory restrictions.

Nutrient profiling on schedule for next month

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said it is considering using an "across the board" approach when it comes to drawing up the model for nutrient profiling, a step...

UK to boost fees for meat inspections

Slaughterhouses in the UK could soon face an 8 per cent increase in hygiene inspection charges, under proposals made by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Codex debates Listeria standards for ready-to-eat foods

EU and US positions at a Codex meeting to set international standards on food safety foreshadow future legislation that would affect control measures in plants, and the manufacture of powdered...

IADSA fights for higher recommended levels of additives

Proposals on the suggested amounts of artificial colourings in food supplements are being drawn up for Codex because the current limits are too low, according to the International Alliance for...

US revamps food safety strategies

The US government this week announced wide sweeping plans to improve the safety of the nation's food supply, with measures including more stringent inspections, stronger penalties and mandatory recalls.

USDA announces new E coli measures

A higher incidence of E coli-contaminated meat has prompted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to tighten its safety efforts with a number of initiatives including expanded testing and more...

Health claims amendment could boost innovation

The European Commission is to look again at article 18 health claims, which currently mean any claim supported by new scientific research will have to wait at least two years...

New flavouring regulation presents challenges to industry

With new legislation covering flavourings is a hot topic for debate by the European Parliament and Council, a leading consultant set out some of the main flashpoints of debate and...

USDA updates list of allowed organic ingredients

Manufacturers of organic goods may no longer use certain nonorganic color ingredients or the food additive potassium tartrate, following the publication of a new rule by the US Department of...

Weekly Comment

Time to get serious on health claims criteria

The European Food Safety Authority's task to assess thousands of health claims is a headache in anyone's book - and one made worse through vague instructions to industry.

UK regulator issues milk testing proposals

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued proposals to adopt EU-wide measures designed to prevent antibiotic residues entering the food chain via raw milk and other dairy products.

UK proposes to tighten protection for whisky

The UK government yesterday announced new production, export and labelling measures to protect whisky from the threat of counterfeit goods.

Meat ban lifted in UK

The European Union will allow meat products from selected parts of the UK to be exported to other member states, and lift the ban imposed last month after Foot and...

UK seeks minced meat amendments

A UK consultation on amendments to the country's hygiene laws affecting meat processors foreshadows changes to be implemented across the EU by the end of this year.

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