Food safety

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.

Agrifood 23-08-2017

Spanish MEP wants ‘migration-style’ controls on food imports at the EU border

Spanish Partido Popular MEP Esther Herranz wants to harmonise the EU's border controls to protect food and plant products and prevent pests. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.

Agrifood 22-08-2017

British hepatitis outbreak linked to imported sausages

Thousands of shoppers may have caught the hepatitis E virus from pork products sold by a British supermarket, an investigation by Public Health England (PHE) has revealed.

Agrifood 22-08-2017

Tainted eggs scandal reaches Italy

Italy said Monday (21 August) it has found traces of fipronil in two eggs samples, making it the latest country hit by the Europe-wide insecticide scandal, while a batch of tainted frozen omelettes was also withdrawn.

Agrifood 18-08-2017

Egg crisis: Fipronil traces found in eggs from 2016

Belgian authorities have discovered a Fipronil-contaminated egg sample dating from September 2016, the head of the Belgian food security agency announced in parliament on Thursday (17 August). EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.

Two in Dutch court over tainted eggs scandal

Two Dutch men appeared in court Tuesday (15 August) in connection with the tainted-eggs scandal that swept Europe this month, which saw millions of eggs destroyed and caused tens of millions of euros in damages.

Agrifood 11-08-2017

Commission calls meeting on egg crisis to end member states ‘blaming and shaming’

The European Commission will call an emergency meeting of ministers over insecticide-tainted eggs in a bid to end "blaming and shaming" over the scandal, health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said on Friday (11 August).

Agrifood 11-08-2017

Contaminated eggs: Arrests made as scandal spreads East

Luxembourg became the latest European country hit by a scare over tainted eggs, with a major supermarket chain pulling them from the shelves and other firms affected, authorities said on Thursday (10 August).

Agrifood 10-08-2017

Belgium lashes out at the Netherlands, says it knew about eggs scandal

Belgium accused the Netherlands on Wednesday (9 August) of failing to inform it that eggs were tainted with insecticide despite knowing about the problem since last November, as Europe's latest food safety scandal deepened.

Agrifood 09-08-2017

German agriculture minister: Eggs scandal is a ‘criminal’ case

Germany's agriculture minister said on Tuesday (8 August) that the contamination of millions of eggs with a potentially harmful insecticide was "criminal", as authorities in several European countries continued to investigate the food safety scare.

Agrifood 07-08-2017

Belgium aware of eggs scandal since June but did not speak out

Belgium has been aware of a potential problem with fipronil in the poultry sector since June, its food safety agency admitted, adding that it did not say anything because of a fraud investigation.

Agrifood 04-08-2017

Dutch and Germans ‘massively’ get rid of contaminated eggs

Supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany massively withdrew batches of eggs from their shelves on Thursday (3 August) amid fears that they contained high quantities of fipronil, a toxic insecticide which is dangerous for humans.