Hard negotiations followed by new European rules put to bed
long-standing disputes over labelling issues that hung over
chocolate manufacturers. As more European manufacturers turn to
vegetable fats, the challenge is on for ingredients...
Controversial changes over two years ago to Europe's chocolate
rules - that had cocoa puritans and producers up in arms - came
into force in the summer, providing ingredients companies with a
raft of new opportunities.
As a raft of new food legislation, notably the labelling of food
allergens and genetically modified organisms, enters into force in
Europe, food manufacturers cannot afford to be less than au
fait with the new rules. Under the umbrella...
A European Union court ruling has today forced ice cream
manufacturers to allow rival companies access to their freezer
space. The court rejected Unilever's appeal against a Commission
decision banning it from forcing retailers...
German confectionery and bakery producers have strongly criticised
the current EU system designed to keep sugar prices artificially
high, arguing that it makes European companies uncompetitive when
it comes to exports.
A project focusing on three major industry sectors, including
dairy, gathered government representatives and industry
participants together this week to define actions on food safety in
a wider Europe.
Despite the failure of Cancun, it still seems likely that Europe's
sugar regime will be overhauled. Europe's farm commissioner said
that the continuation of the EU's heavily subsidy sugar industry is
EU finance ministers are today trying to agree plans to tax
cross-border income from savings. But officials say they cannot
predict whether they will be able to manoeuvre around the issue of
Italian milk quotas.
Greece's hard fought victory in the battle to win PDO status for
feta cheese could be short lived. France will join Denmark in
appealing against the EC's decision to give Greece the sole right
to feta production.
The thorny issue of 'health' claims on consumer food products
continued this week with the publication of a new report from the
UK Food Standards Agency. The findings, that consumers are confused
or unclear about the properties...
One of the toughest legislations in the world on genetically
modified organisms came into force in Europe on Thursday with a new
EU Directive that strengthens 10-year-old rules on testing and
licensing GMOs used as crops or ingredients.
Feta cheese is the latest food product to be protected by EU law,
joining the ranks of Champagne, parma ham or Newcastle Brown Ale.
The ruling that only Greece makes real feta cheese is a major blow
for producers in Denmark, where...
Progress towards the founding of Europe's Food Safety Authority
(EFSA) has been closely followed by Foodnavigator.com, including an
interview this week with the freshly appointed spokesman for the
EFSA, Andrew Stimpson. As such,...
The creation of a new European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is a
major component of the legal and organisational reforms to tackle
food safety in Europe. When the Council of Ministers recently
announced the composition of the new...
Signs that the functional food market is gaining ground were
revealed this week when the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA)
announced it is considering a 'novel food' application by a food
manufacturer to market 'milk and...
How easy is it to ensurethat foods and ingredients imported from
outside the EU are safe, ofsufficient quality and legal? How can UK
food companies ensure completetraceability of imported food
products? These questions will be tackled...
A European Commission Directive amending Commission Directive
96/77/EC for a fourth time was adopted unanimously by the Standing
Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 14June 2002,
reports the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).
An advisory committee to the European Parliament has ruled that
draft rules on the labelling of genetically modified foods should
be toughened, to the delight of anti-GM campaigners throughout the