Food safety

Agrifood 12-12-2018

MEPs ready to negotiate EFSA’s transparency rule, but need to find a new negotiator

The long and troubled parliamentary procedure to overhaul the current food transparency rules for European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) ended in an unexpected twist as the EPP’s rapporteur Renate Sommer asked to withdraw her name from the report just passed by the Parliament's plenary.
Agrifood 27-11-2018

Stakeholders say digitisation key to optimise fertilisers’ use

The digitisation of Europe’s agricultural sector will play a crucial role in optimising the use of fertilisers in order to help feed a rising population and simultaneously to decrease their negative environmental footprint.
Agrifood 22-11-2018

EU’s new draft food law weak on traceability, activists warn

Insecticides in eggs, salmonella in baby milk – how can major food scandals continue to occur, despite strict EU rules? The EU is currently revising its food law but for consumer protection campaigners, the proposals do not go far enough to ensure full traceability. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 21-11-2018

Fertiliser industry vows to feed one ‘extra Germany’ per year

The EU fertilisers industry published its 2030 vision on Wednesday (21 November), stressing the need to optimise fertiliser use across Europe and improve production in order to adjust to the principles of the circular economy and feed a growing world population.
Agrifood 12-11-2018

Biodiversity can benefit from new technologies, EU official says

It is the duty of scientists to point out what could be accomplished by using new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs), according to European Commission official Barend Verachtert, who praised the virtue of new technologies in agriculture at an event organised by EURACTIV on 5 November.
Agrifood 02-11-2018

Civil society questions Europe’s ‘perfect’ pesticide authorisation system

No pesticide should be authorised if it is found to have harmful effects on humans, animals, the environment, and the ecosystem, the new coalition “Citizens for Science in Pesticide Regulation” said in a manifesto launched on Wednesday (31 October).
Agrifood 31-10-2018

EU agriculture ministers to decide on EFSA’s budget, sources say

The exact amount of money that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will receive under the new food transparency rules will be decided at the level of agriculture ministers, sources close to the issue told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 31-10-2018

Europe needs more time to re-approve copper pesticide

Negotiations on the re-approval of copper compounds, which are due to be gradually phased out, are still ongoing. The European Commission is expected to present a new proposal to EU member states next month, at a meeting that was not originally scheduled.
Agrifood 19-10-2018

French minister: A glyphosate ban now would put some farmers out of business

France’s Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume has come out in defence of the decision to postpone the ban of glyphosate until 2020, saying that a number of farmers would be unable to carry on if the governemnt had already enforced the ban.
Agrifood 19-10-2018

New food transparency rules risk falling victim to EU institution spat

The future of the new proposed rules on food transparency is unclear, as the European Parliament and the Commission disagree on the timeframe to move the discussion forward.
Agrifood 12-10-2018

Science and public opinion: Where do politicians stand?

Policy makers, industry and civil society are trying to find a way to reconcile scientific evidence with public opinion’s beliefs when it comes to food safety. However, this has proved time and again to be a difficult challenge.
Agrifood 27-09-2018

Agriculture digitisation not only for controls, stakeholders ‘remind’ the EU Commission

The much-awaited digitisation of the EU farming sector has taken centre stage in the last few years. But its ultimate application in the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is still unclear.
Agrifood 24-09-2018

Business confidentiality: The ‘hot potato’ of new EU transparency rules on food

EU stakeholders are playing ping-pong with the body that will be responsible for deciding whether or not to break business confidentiality and make industry studies public, in line with the terms of the new transparency rules on food safety. EURACTIV.com reports from Parma.
Health 11-09-2018

Industry questions WHO’s conviction about health impact of sugar taxes

The industry believes that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has no evidence to back its claim that sugar taxes are an effective way to improve public health. Instead, the industry says, taxes only lead consumers to cheaper brands with similar or even higher calorie content, which may undermine any positive health outcome.
Agrifood 10-07-2018

Amended Commission food proposal ‘completely inadequate’, says foodwatch  

The European Commission continues to serve the interests of big companies rather than consumers, and this will lead to new food scandals soon, the European consumer organisation foodwatch said on Tuesday (10 July).
Agrifood 29-06-2018

Polish project aims to stop food travelling more than you do

One EU-funded project in Poland all started with a girl allergic to food additives and ended up with an innovative start-up, which connects 150 farmers with 100,000 people who want to eat healthy food straight from the producers. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Agrifood 25-06-2018

Commission throws the ball to EU capitals on future of short food chains

The development of short food supply chains (SFSC) is constantly gaining ground in the EU. Producing and consuming locally is seen as a way to achieve fairer remunerations for farmers and higher quality local food products.
Agrifood 30-05-2018

EU farmers: Prevention is better than cure for sustainable livestock

Prevention is far better than cure when it comes to animal diseases and creation of sustainable livestock. Vaccination may play a role in reducing the need for antibiotics, but it needs to be accompanied by other "tools", like education and training, farmer representatives and EU politicians have told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 30-05-2018

Insufficient consideration for food issue in CAP

Olivier De Schutter, a co-chair of the international expert panel IPES-Food, calls on the European Commission to lay the foundations for a Common Food Policy. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 16-04-2018

Farmers hail new transparency rules in food safety, still want science-based decisions

EU farmers have welcomed the European Commission’s new rules on transparency in food safety assessments. However, it is still uncertain to which extent this will ensure that future decisions will actually be based on science.

Plight of the bees hits unaware businesses

Declining numbers of bees, butterflies and midges could leave companies facing the prospect of reduced crop quality and a shortage of raw materials. A United Nations-backed study found that most businesses surveyed were unsure of what action to take.

Safety first: Food packers shun recycled plastics, for now

Tetra Pak, the iconic Swedish maker of beverage cartons, is currently staying away from using recycled plastics in the inside lining of its packages – the most sensitive bit that comes in contact with drinks. But this could all change under EU proposals due this year.
Agrifood 28-03-2018

Survey: Major retailers and producers in Germany back binding meat label

A number of major retailers and meat producers see the idea of a legally binding label on meat in positive light, according to a Greenpeace survey published on 27 March. 
Agrifood 27-03-2018

Land degradation threatens wellbeing of two-fifths of humanity, major report warns

Land degradation caused by human activities undermines the well-being of at least 3.2 billion people, costs more than 10% of annual global GDP in lost ecosystem services and endangers food security, warn a hundred experts from 45 countries in a three-year assessment report published yesterday (26 March).