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  • Accusations of ‘lower quality’ food in Eastern Europe fall flat

    News | Health 06-06-2011

    Recent accusations by consumer groups that multinational firms are marketing lower quality products in Eastern Europe are baseless, the European Commission has said, stating that companies were free to adapt their products to different markets.

  • MEPs back origin labels for food as battle looms

    News | Health 20-04-2011

    MEPs yesterday (19 April) backed the mandatory inclusion of information on country-of-origin and transfats on food labels, amid indications of a looming battle with member states and warnings that the new requirements will cripple small businesses.

  • US, EU settle food fight in anti-counterfeit pact

    News | Trade & Society 05-10-2010

    The United States and European Union have reached a compromise over the use of prestigious geographical food names like Champagne and Parma, clearing one of the last obstacles to an international pact to battle the growing trade in counterfeit goods.

  • Is Local Food Better?

    Opinion | Agrifood 21-04-2009

    "Local food is delicious," but the problems with the food system and its environmental impact - and the solutions to address them - are global, writes Sarah DeWeerdt in an April paper for the Worldwatch Institute.

  • Ireland in biggest food scare since ‘mad cow’ disease

    News | Agrifood 08-12-2008

    Ireland will destroy an estimated 100,000 pigs as the country finds itself embroiled in what is seen as the EU's biggest contaminated food scare since BSE, commonly known as the mad cow disease, brought about the destruction of over four million cattle in the UK five years ago.

  • EU to champion quality as agricultural asset

    News | Agrifood 16-10-2008

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how European farmers can improve the quality of their food and drink to achieve the added value needed to compete with much lower production costs in emerging countries.

  • Food crisis set to weigh on CAP reform

    News | Sustainable Development 20-05-2008

    Soaring global food prices dominated a ministerial debate yesterday (19 May) on how Europe's €45 billion farm subsidy scheme should be reformed. The Commission is due to unveil concrete plans for the Common Agricultural Policy 'Health Check' later today.

  • Interview: EU running ‘enormous risk’ of resource crunch

    News | Sustainable Development 21-04-2008

    With EU citizens using more than twice the resources available within European boundaries, there is a risk of 'serious hardship' from ecological overshoot, Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Wackernagel: ‘There is only one planet’

    Interview | Sustainable Development 21-04-2008

    European nations, which use more than twice the amount of resources available on their territories, need to factor ecological assets into their national accounting systems in order to prevent ecological bankruptcy, says Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network. He spoke with EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Bluetongue adds to UK farmers’ woes

    News | Health 24-09-2007

    UK veterinary authorities informed the European Commission on 22 September 2007 of the presence of the bluetongue viral infection in cattle near Ipswich, Suffolk, in another blow for farmers beset by the reinstatement of the EU's ban on British meat exports, following the re-emergence of foot-and-mouth disease in the UK.  

  • International consumer groups boycott EU-US summit

    News | Trade & Society 25-06-2004

    International CEOs will meet Presidents Bush and Prodi to discuss a barrier-free transatlantic market at the EU-US summit. Consumers' unions are boycotting the summit after being declined direct assess to top leaders.

  • New officer to respond to consumer concerns in DG Competition

    News | Competition 11-12-2003

    Juan Riviere y Marti was appointed to the newly created position of Consumer Liaison Officer on 9 December.