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EC rejects mandatory country of origin labelling for milk and dairy products

The European Commission (EC) has rejected mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for milk and dairy products in a report to be passed to European legislators.

FSAI cracks down on ‘misleading’ marketing terms

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published guidance for food companies to ensure consumers are not misled by terms such as ‘natural’, ‘artisan’, ‘traditional’ and ‘farmhouse’.

NMPF calls for framework to determine 'legitimate' European GIs in TTIP talks

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has called for the creation of a framework for the determine the legitimacy of Geographical Indications (GIs), which it says are "cluttering up" TTIP...

Dutch goat's cheese Hollandse geitenkaas granted EU protected name status

Hollandse geitenkaas, a Dutch goat's cheese, has been granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status by the European Commission (EC).

MEPs make final offer over novel foods regulation as EU draws ‘close to an agreement’

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have put forward what they describe to be a ‘final offer’ on proposed novel food regulations – warning that they will not compromise any further. 

EFSA opinion wrap: Pomegranate, carob, coffee rejected. Vitamin D approved

Claim chill: EFSA rejects probiotics for immunity, defecation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected probiotic dossiers from Canadian firm Lallemand Health Solutions (immunity) and Italian player Synbiotec (defecation) in a batch of opinions published today.

EC dismisses Czech appeal against rejected Pomázánkove Máslo TSG application

The General Court of the European Union (EGC) has refused to overturn a decision to deny Pomázánkove Máslo, a Czech butter spread, Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) status....

EU regulatory deadlock welcomed by organic groups

EU ministers have failed to reach an agreement on proposed changes to EU organic regulation, pushing back a vote until June – a standstill that is welcomed by organic farming associations....

Mérieux NutriSciences opens South African raw milk testing lab

Mérieux NutriSciences has opened a raw milk testing laboratory in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Eurofins acquires US and Canadian firms to push into Americas market

Eurofins Scientific has acquired QC Laboratories (QCL) in the US and Experchem in Canada saying it sees the Americas as an attractive market for all businesses.

New Zealand treating 1080 infant formula contamination threat as 'live': MPI

New Zealand is treating the sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) infant formula contamination threat - detailed in blackmail letters to Fonterra and Federated Farmers - as "live."

16 months between Portuguese Listeria outbreak start and detection

The first reported foodborne listeriosis outbreak in Portugal highlights the need for an effective surveillance system for early detection and prompt submission of isolates for typing, according to researchers.

Russia likely to extend EU food import ban

Russia is likely to extend its ban on EU food imports beyond the August 7 deadline, as the European Union looks set to continue its sanctions against Russian products.

Tap Root Dairy owner sentenced for Clean Water Act violation

The owner of a dairy farm in North Carolina has been sentenced and fined for violating the Clean Water Act, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

BASF-Stepan CLA claim rejection fall-out

EFSA: Only national bodies can withdraw health claim applications

The EU’s central science agency has clarified health claim procedures after a furore over a CLA weight management submission BASF and Stepan Lipid Nutrition unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw from the...

Dispatches from the International Yakult Symposium

No health claims but probiotics remain on medical agenda

Probiotics are yet to win a health claim in the European Union but they continue to receive backing by various bodies for gastrointestinal issues like diarrhoea.

Ireland expecting €69m fine for exceeding final EU milk deliveries quota

Ireland is expecting a €69m (US$75m) fine for overshooting its last ever European Union (EU) milk deliveries quota.

Blue Bell recalls all products due to Listeria

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling all products made at all facilities because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Front-of-pack labels are equally effective - but none works alone

Front-of-pack labelling can be useful but health policy-makers are naïve if they think that this alone will result in healthier food choices, say researchers -  environment, motivation and psychology must...

China considering ban on infant formula advertising: Reports

China is considering a ban on the advertisement of infant formula, according to reports from the country. 

Fonterra pulls 'misleading' Australian Tamar Valley yoghurt TV ad

Fonterra has pulled an Australian TV ad for Tamar Valley yoghurt deemed "misleading" in the wake of a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to berries.

FVO slams Russian dairy controls

The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) has found ‘significant deficiencies’ in Russian controls for export of dairy products and casings to the European Union (EU).

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis multiply 'surprisingly quick' in refrigerated raw milk: Evira

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis bacteria can multiply in raw milk at refrigeration temperature within a couple of days to a “illness-causing level,” the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) claims.

CDR targets fat and oil quality control

CDR and Filsorb have launched a benchtop analyser for quality control of raw materials when purchased, stored and during production.

UK blows whistle on sports supplement claims

The UK advertising watchdog has muzzled meal replacement, muscle building, metabolism, L-carnitine, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and other claims being made by a UK based online manufacturer-retailer as it continues...

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