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11/12/2016

Parliament once again demands the Commission introduces origin labelling

Topic: food safety


Trade & Society 09-12-2016

Europe, US trade officials lobby China on food safety rule

European and US government and trade officials say they have been lobbying hard against a draft Chinese regulation on food imports, worried it would hamper billions of dollars of shipments to the world's No.2 economy of everything from pasta to coffee and biscuits.
Agriculture & Food 02-12-2016

Denmark cuts food waste by 25%

The Scandinavian kingdom has cut food waste by 25% in just five years, thanks to a new approach to damaged and out-of-date food. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Health & Consumers 22-11-2016

NGOs: Commission’s acrylamide regulation has 'wrong' legal basis

Food and consumer organisations claim that the European Commission’s draft regulation on acrylamide is based on a wrong regulation and this has a direct effect on the lack of maximum levels, EurActiv.com has learned.
Agriculture & Food 15-11-2016

New GM crops once again fail the safety test

As the world focuses elsewhere, two untested varieties of genetically modified maize are slowly manoeuvring their way through the legislative hoops of the European institutions towards Europe’s fields, writes Mute Schimpf.  

Commission pushes vote on acrylamide safety into 2017

A vote on the European Commission’s draft regulation on acrylamide, a contaminant formed in foods when cooked at high temperatures, will take place next year, an EU spokesperson told EurActiv.com.
Health & Consumers 02-11-2016

EFSA launches public consultation into 'cocktail effects' of chemicals

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has asked the public for input on the complex question of the "cocktail effects" of chemical substances. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Agriculture & Food 26-10-2016

Illegal pesticide contamination of food imports on the rise

A European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) report has warned that 6.5% of food imports from third countries contain pesticide residue that exceeds the EU's maximum permitted level. EurActiv Spain reports.

Commission’s endocrine disruptor plan is illegal, inadequate and woefully late

European Commission draft rules to identify and ultimately ban endocrine disrupters are illegal because they clash with existing pesticide and biocide regulations, Alice Bernard writes. The environmental lawyer warned that EU judges could throw out the changes to the long-awaited scientific criteria for the chemicals.
Agriculture & Food 01-08-2016

Glyphosate: Understanding the controversy

The debate over glyphosate has not been a scientific discussion but an activists’ war against ‘Big Agri’. Glyphosate is scientifically proven to be safe and should be re-authorised, writes André Heitz.
Agriculture & Food 01-08-2016

EU plant breeding ‘saved’ millions of hectares of extra farmland: report

The Pan-European Farmers’ Association (Copa-Cogeca) said on Thursday (28 July) that innovation in plant breeding should be further encouraged in order to help the EU combat hunger and malnutrition worldwide.
Agriculture & Food 01-07-2016

Food donation should be the norm, industry says

European food banks and business organisations have joined forces to promote food donations in an effort to tackle waste.
Agriculture & Food 29-06-2016

Commission prolongs glyphosate licence by 18 months

The European Commission has decided to extend the licence for glyphosate by 18 months, after member states failed to achieve a qualified majority in favour or against the executive’s proposal.
Agriculture & Food 24-06-2016

Commission expected to decide on glyphosate’s immediate future

The European Commission will most likely be tasked with ending glyphosate temporary deadlock, as member states’ ambiguous stance has blocked a decision on the issue.
Agriculture & Food 22-06-2016

Animal health matters: Can EU legislation deliver?

Disease outbreaks such as Ebola and avian influenza serve as a stark reminder that human and animal health will always be inter-connected, writes Roxane Feller.
Agriculture & Food 17-06-2016

EU food products found to contain unlabelled nanomaterials

Tests have revealed that nanomaterials are present in our food, and manufacturers are not fulfilling their obligation to label them. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Trade & Society 15-06-2016

TTIP talks bogged down in food standards debate

Seemingly insurmountable differences in food standards are threatening to sink trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union.  EurActiv Spain reports.
Agriculture & Food 10-06-2016

Italian olive-growers denounce 'Pontius Pilate' EU plan

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has officially backed drastic measures adopted by the EU to combat a bacteria infection that is decimating Italy's olive crop. EurActiv’s partner Italia Oggi reports.
Agriculture & Food 08-06-2016

Climate-smart agriculture: More than just greenwashing?

Ahead of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture's second forum, numerous associations have criticised the group, citing the prevalence of greenwashing and lack of actual positive impact on climate change. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 08-06-2016

Green Growth Forum tackles food waste

An international coalition launched a new tool to measure global food waste on Monday (6 June). It is hoped that the Food Loss and Waste Protocol will help halve food waste and significantly cut carbon emissions. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Agriculture & Food 06-06-2016

Member states 'hiding' behind Brussels on glyphosate

A vote on whether to extend EU-wide authorisation for the controversial weedkiller Glyphosate has exposed reluctance among member states to take a clear position on a defining issue for European agriculture.
Agriculture & Food 24-05-2016

EU's decision on beef and ethanol 'disrespected' Mercosur countries

The EU’s decision to exclude beef and ethanol from its trade offer to Mercosur countries was “disrespectful” toward Latin America, according to the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA).
Agriculture & Food 17-05-2016

UN panel now says Monsanto weedkiller 'unlikely' to cause cancer

The controversial weedkiller glyphosate, which is used by Monsanto in its herbicide Roundup, is "unlikely" to cause cancer, a United Nations finding said Monday, in a blow to critics who have called for its ban.
Agriculture & Food 13-05-2016

Farmers: Mercosur deal will hit EU agricultural exports 'tremendously'

EU farmers are concerned about recently re-launched trade negotiations with Mercosur trade bloc, claiming that European agricultural exports will be negatively affected.
Health & Consumers 12-05-2016

Parliament once again demands the Commission introduces origin labelling

The European Commission should come up with legislative proposals for mandatory country origin labelling of certain foods, such as milk, dairy and meat products, MEPs said in another resolution on the matter on Thursday (12 May).