Food safety

Agrifood 16-10-2017

Food & drink industry boss: Do not confuse ‘quality’ with ‘recipe’ in food debate

What has been mixed in the current dual quality food conversation is ‘quality versus recipe’, as consumers have different preferences on sweetness and saltiness and we just have to accept it, FoodDrinkEurope leader told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 10-10-2017

EU agencies accused of cherry-picking evidence in glyphosate assessment

Lawyers on the “Monsanto papers” case accused the EU agencies responsible for food safety and chemicals of “wilfully sawing off certain studies” in their risk assessment of glyphosate.

MEPs vote down endocrine disruptor criteria, back acrylamide regulation

The European Parliament’s environment committee objected to the Commission’s proposed criteria for endocrine disruptors on Thursday (28 September), and threw out another objection to the executive’s proposal to regulate levels of cancer-causing acrylamide in food.

Agrifood 28-09-2017

Commission seeks ‘largest possible’ support for glyphosate re-authorisation

The European Commission is exploring ways to bridge the gap between different member state requests regarding the re-authorisation of the world's most commonly used weedkiller, glyphosate, an EU spokesperson told EURACTIV.

Agrifood 27-09-2017

Industry calls on the Commission to ‘show leadership’ in plant breeding innovation

The biotech industry has urged the European Commission to “show leadership and positive commitment” to plant breeding innovation - which environmentalists and farmers largely oppose - and to provide clarity on agricultural innovation in general.

Central Europe 27-09-2017

Commission ready to advise consumers to boycott ‘dual standard’ food

The European Commission said yesterday (26 September) it was ready to advise European consumers to boycott products of lower quality that are presented in Eastern EU countries with exactly the same packaging as in wealthier EU states.

Development Policy 26-09-2017

FAO official: GMOs not needed but we should be open to biotechnologies

The requirements of food production can be met without GMOs but we should not eliminate the broader benefits that biotechnologies can provide, Daniel Gustafson told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 26-09-2017

Food safety advocates speak out as MEP attacks acrylamide regulation

The European Parliament’s environment committee will vote on Thursday (28 September) on a resolution which seeks to stop a Commission proposal to regulate levels of carcinogenic acrylamide in food, amid continuing pleas from food safety advocates to endorse the original proposal.

Agrifood 25-09-2017

No, the EU does not want to ban your chips

Recently, headlines in Germany and Austria might have made you shiver with fear: “The. EU. Wants. To. Ban. Crispy. Chips”. No less! The same EU which dictates the shape of our bananas and cucumbers is now meddling with our chips. Or is it, asks Monique Goyens.

Health 20-09-2017

New law on weightloss products could escalate obesity in Europe

New EU regulation on total diet replacement will take effect by early October, after MEPs voted in September to increase the protein and fat requirements in meal replacements, but the industry has warned that it may be ineffective and further aggravate the problem of obesity.

Agrifood 20-09-2017

Commission readies further restrictions to neonicotinoids

The European Commission plans to propose further restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, an EU official told EURACTIV on Wednesday (20 September), amid a continuing tug of war between environmental groups and pesticide producers.

Agrifood 19-09-2017

Food industry calls for harmonised precautionary allergen labelling

Europe’s food and drink producers have called on the Commission to come up with EU-wide standards on precautionary allergen labelling, arguing it is a much-needed step towards completing the single market.

Agrifood 18-09-2017

Commission open to ‘biodiversity clause’ to end glyphosate deadlock

The European Commission stands ready to insert a clause referring to biodiversity in the glyphosate renewal proposal if requested by member states, a Commission Spokesperson told EURACTIV.

Agrifood 14-09-2017

Parliament rejects bid to lower EU guard on Fukushima food imports

The European Parliament on Wednesday (13 September) warned against easing health controls imposed on food products imported from the Fukushima region in Japan in the wake of the nuclear disaster of 2011.

Agrifood 12-09-2017

EU mulls incentives for space technologies in farm controls

The European Commission is considering new proposals to encourage the use of technologies to monitor farm parcels receiving subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), an EU official told EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 11-09-2017

Amsterdam wants to revive talks on new plant breeding techniques

The Netherlands believes the new plant breeding techniques should not come under the GMO legislation as they are as safe as traditional breeding. It also insists that a discussion on the issue should be launched soon, even before the EU Court rules on the issue.

Agrifood 08-09-2017

France testing waters on glyphosate with other EU states

France has sent emails to several diplomatic services in Brussels trying to find out what stance they will take in an upcoming vote on the re-authorisation of the controversial glyphosate weed killer, an EU diplomat told EURACTIV.com

Agrifood 08-09-2017

Honeygate: How Europe is being flooded with fake honey

Cheap imports of counterfeit honey are endangering beekeeping around the world, and the consequences for world food production are severe.

Agrifood 05-09-2017

Rainfall and thefts put Greek mastiha production at risk

Unexpected summer rainfall, combined with a growing number of thefts, is jeopardising the production of the main ingredient of Greece's famous Mastiha liqueur both in quality and quantity.

Agrifood 04-09-2017

EPP says no ‘hasty’ CAP reform before 2024

EXCLUSIVE / The European People’s Party (EPP) believes Brussels must first settle the UK's departure from the European Union and set a stable post-Brexit financial framework “before triggering discussions on the future reform" of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Agrifood 01-09-2017

Fipronil crisis: Why should we keep on using these toxic substances?

The withdrawal of millions of eggs from the market produced in the Netherlands and Belgium should motivate the EU to shift towards a different model of agriculture, argues Martin Dermine.

Agrifood 31-08-2017

Legislators push smallholders to the heart of smart farming talks

Several EU lawmakers from the European Parliament's agriculture committee expressed their concerns on Wednesday (30 August) about the introduction of new technologies in farming, claiming that it might put smallholders at risk.

Agrifood 31-08-2017

Fipronil scandal: South Korea opens its market to Spanish eggs

Seoul has accelerated the importation of Spanish eggs after halting them from countries where the Fipronil crisis broke out several weeks ago. EURACTIV’s partner EfeAgro reports.

Agrifood 28-08-2017

Yara boss: Africa has major potential in future food security

Europe will remain an important supplier of agricultural goods in the future but the greatest untapped potential lies in Africa, which could become the “bread basket” for the rest of the world, the president of Yara, a multinational fertiliser and crop nutrition company, told EURACTIV.