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French colour-coded nutrition labels hailed as ‘antidote to food marketing’

Consumer watchdog Que Choisir has urged the French government to adopt colour-coded front-of-pack nutrition labelling as “an antidote to food marketing” following a study backing its efficacy.

Russia suspends import of Polish cheese products after 'violations'

Russia has suspended the import of cheese products and imitation cheese from Poland after "violations" were identified in a single product.

EC suggests toddler milk marketing and composition 'commitments'

Manufacturers could help devise "self-regulatory commitments" on the composition and marketing of growing-up formula under a new European Commission "policy option."

WHO unveils nutrient profiling to restrict marketing to kids

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled its nutrient profiling tool to restrict the marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks to children.

Ripening times impact Listeria in Cantal type cheeses - study

Long ripening times for raw milk Cantal type cheeses lead to a decrease in Listeria monocytogenes, according to a study.

Yakult at Probiota 2015: “We want to be clear that before we invest we need to have some dialogue with EFSA...”

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry...

BHF joins calls for caution on controversial back-to-the-80s fat study

The focus of a controversial review on randomised control trials ‘oversimplifies the difficult and complex task of developing evidence-based guidelines on nutrition’, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has warned. 

EFSA issues immune and gut health claim guidance; 'It will be better for all concerned'

EFSA has issued a long-awaited immune and gut health claim guidance document it says draws on years of dossier assessment and includes biomarker updates, but a leading consultant was left...

"The EU is the only region in the world where the use of the term ‘probiotic’ is banned.”

Probiotic sector chief: ‘I am ashamed how the EU is dealing with this’

The secretary general of a leading probiotic association has launched a stinging attack on the European Union health claims regime she said is discriminatory, confusing and shameful.

FVO finds ‘significant improvements’ during Ukrainian dairy audit

Significant improvements on the production and processing of dairy products to the EU have been made in Ukraine, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

Commission may face inquiry over alleged TTIP secrecy

The European Commission may face allegations of maladministration over its treatment of requests to access documents related to EU-US trade talks.

Obama: Single agency would provide primary voice on food safety standards

US president Barack Obama has proposed a single food safety agency as part of budget plans submitted to Congress.

Prepare for legislation to tackle obesity, Euromonitor warns industry

Tighter legislation seems inevitable in order to cut calories and reduce obesity rates, according to a new analysis from Euromonitor International.

Insider: The three groups reached accord “surprisingly quickly”

3 into 1: Euro probiotics sector unites as sector sales drop 8%

Europe’s three biggest probiotic groups have united behind a new European chapter of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) to deal with the “critical” 6-year regulatory imbroglio that has seen an EU-wide...

Vrai bats off 100% organic criticism: We used what was available

It is not always possible to secure 100% organic raw materials, the French organic yoghurt brand Vrai has said in response to a consumer group campaign against its use of...

Removing GI cheese from Russian blacklist 'would not rock the boat': EDA

Removing geographical indication (GI) cheeses, such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Roquefort, from the Russian import blacklist "would not rock the boat," says the European Dairy Association (EDA). 

One death linked to Listeria from soft cheese

Two people have been hospitalized and one has died in an ongoing outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to Latin-style soft cheese.  

600 calories, 75 g protein, 30 g carbs: EFSA issues ‘milestone’ diet replacement opinion

EFSA has very specifically refined what a low-calorie diet replacement regime should contain including a minimum of 600 calories and 30 g of carbohydrates per day. One observer said the...

'Need for improved risk communication' to consumers on raw milk: EFSA

The risks associated with drinking raw milk should be better communicated to consumers, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended.

EFSA confirms safety of heat-treated Bacteroides-fermented milk products

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed the safety of heat-treated milk products fermented with Bacteroides xylanisolvens DSM 23964 - a probiotic strain not previously used in food.

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects yoghurt weight loss health claims

168 human publications including 48 intervention studies, 20 observational studies, 12 meta-analyses, 13 reviews, and 75 other studies (bioavailability and mechanistic studies) have failed to convince the European Food Safety...

Hong Kong proposes ban on infant formula nutrition claims

Hong Kong has proposed banning nutrition claims on infant formula products over concerns they mislead consumers and discourage breastfeeding.

Probiotic term could reappear on yogurt in UK

The term ‘probiotic’ could make a re-appearance on pots of yogurt on sale in UK supermarkets, if Italy is successful in getting approval for its use as a ‘generic descriptor’.

New Zealand issues labelling regulations for exported infant formula

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has issued labelling regulations for exported infant formula products.

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Infant formula industry has 'responsibility to adhere' to WHO Code principles

The infant formula industry has a "responsibility to adhere" to the principles of the WHO Code, manufacturer representatives from all corners of the globe agree.

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