About: food additives

Agrifood 12-10-2021

Member states back ban on unsafe food colourant linked with cancer risk

EU countries have backed the European Commission's proposal to ban the use of the common food additive titanium dioxide after the European food safety agency deemed it to be unsafe, paving the way for a potential ban in 2022.
Agrifood 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.
Agrifood 24-09-2014

Scientists once again question the safety of aspartame

Artificial sweeteners found in diet soda and yoghurt, which are consumed by millions daily, can raise the blood sugar level instead of reducing it, according to a new study published by the scientific journal Nature.
Health 20-02-2013

Nestlé roped into horsemeat scandal

Nestlé has removed beef pasta meals sold under its Buitoni brand from sale in Italy and Spain after finding traces of horsemeat, becoming the latest company embroiled in a food scandal spreading across Europe.
Health 19-02-2013

Vets call for ‘horse passport’ register as meat scandal gallops on

As the horsemeat-dressed-as-beef scandal continues to rock Europe’s food industry, a number of organisations are calling on stricter European regulation, including an EU-wide horse passport register.
Health 01-06-2012

Parliament steps up pressure on food, beverage ads

The European Parliament has renewed calls to curb food and beverage advertising aimed at children and young people, with some MEPs even calling for a total ban on beer commercials aimed at youth. But it's not necessary, says the industry, "We can regulate ourselves".
Agrifood 24-05-2012

Miracle sweetener stevia faces potential EU hurdles

The meteoric rise of Stevia, a natural and healthy alternative to sugar - a holy grail for the food industry - faces possible hurdles in being defined as "natural" in some European Union markets.
Agrifood 07-03-2012

EU investigates de-icing road salt used in Polish food

Regulators investigating the use of de-icing road salt in foodstuffs by three Polish companies – and possibly many more – have notified the Commission’s central Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) and are checking for dangers to health, EURACTIV can reveal.
Health 09-12-2010

Ministers give nod to industry food labelling scheme

A deal struck between EU member states on new food labelling rules saw political support for a voluntary GDA labelling scheme currently applied by the food industry across Europe.
Agrifood 02-12-2010

EU agreement on food labelling taking shape

Member states are nearing a deal on new food labelling rules that would leave wiggle room for industry to use their own labelling schemes and choose whether to show nutritional information on the front or back of a product's packaging.
Agrifood 30-11-2010

The big debate: Are food ads to blame for child obesity?

While the food industry has taken a series of initiatives to restrict advertising of unhealthy products to children, consumer groups are not convinced and call for the development of stricter criteria. EURACTIV hears arguments from both sides of the debate in parallel interviews.
Agrifood 29-11-2010

Europe to assess advertisers’ pledges on child obesity

The European Union is due to assess the advertising industry's commitment to self-regulation when it comes to marketing unhealthy foods to children, as concerns mount over child obesity.
Agrifood 26-07-2010

Europe heat wave sparks surge in grain prices

Surging European grain prices following a scorching heat wave in recent weeks are likely to raise flour prices, and farmers are facing higher bills for animal feed, industry executives and analysts said on Friday (23 July).
Health 17-06-2010

Food industry wins battle on ‘traffic light’ labels

The European Parliament yesterday (16 June) voted to make nutrition labelling of pre-packed foods mandatory, but rejected calls by health and consumer organisations' for a traffic light system giving consumers a visual warning for high fat, sugar or salt content of a product.
Agrifood 20-05-2010

EU lawmakers give ‘meat glue’ red card

The European Parliament has voted to ban bovine and porcine thrombin used as an additive to bind separate pieces of meat together into one piece. The House said the meat glue has no proven benefit for consumers and might mislead them instead.
Health 16-04-2010

Danone withdraws health claims on yoghurts

French food group Danone withdrew health claim applications on two of its bestselling yoghurts on Thursday (15 April), citing confusion about what scientific evidence was required from the company under the process to validate the claims.
Agrifood 30-03-2010

Commission to propose new rules for dairy sector

In the aftermath of a major price crisis on the EU dairy sector, the European Commission is planning to present a package of legislative measures to increase dairy producers' bargaining power in the food supply chain. The proposed measures may set a precedent for similar action in other agricultural sectors. 
Agrifood 26-03-2010

EU farm ministers seen split on food chain rules

An ideological split over European Union regulation of agricultural markets could prevent farm ministers from agreeing on measures to boost the power of producers in the food chain at a meeting in Brussels on Monday (29 March).
Agrifood 19-01-2010

Ministers want to give farmers better bargaining power

EU-27 farm ministers agreed yesterday (18 January) to push for measures that would ensure all actors in the food supply chain, and particularly farmers, receive fair compensation for their work. 
Agrifood 29-10-2009

Commission takes aim at retailers in food supply probe

The European Commission yesterday (28 October) launched an inquiry into the food supply chain for unfair contractual practices imposed on small farmers by major retail chains and other buyers, in a drive to curb future food price increases and ensure farmers get a fair share of the price of end products.
Agrifood 29-08-2008

SMEs hit out at cost of EU food labelling proposals

A public hearing in the European Parliament on 28 August 2008 saw food industry stakeholders hit out against Commission proposals on nutrition labelling, which they say are overly complex and will push up costs for small businesses.
Agrifood 09-07-2008

Parliament adopts stricter rules for food additives

MEPs rejected firm bans on colourings in favour of stronger labelling systems, although Green MEPs regretted that these will not cover GMO additives.
Climate change 23-05-2008

Restaurants’ carbon footprint under scrutiny

The environmental cost of imported foodstuffs used in restaurants is much higher than previously thought, with cheaper meals carrying higher carbon footprints, according to a study by the University of Nottingham.
Health 19-05-2008

Interview: Winners of food price boom must help solve crisis

As the current food and commodity price boom leads to a massive redistribution of wealth in the world, the International Food Policy Research Institute is calling on major oil and food exporting countries and related corporations to participate in funding the response to the crisis.