Welcome to the Brexit guessing game

“If you want to know what happens when a country leaves the European Union, you might as well ask the Inuit.” That was the BBC’s Brian Milligan being simultaneously flippant and factual last month (factual, because Greenland is the only other country ever to have left the EU – or the EEC as it was […]

July 7, 2016 Continue Reading

FDF warns of “all embracing uncertainty” after Brexit vote

The director general of the influential Food & Drink Federation, Ian Wright, has warned that “the uncertainty is all-embracing” following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Talking ahead of the first FDF Convention, Wright said the issues raised by the UK’s exit from the EU amount to “probably the UK’s most significant peacetime challenge […]

July 6, 2016 Continue Reading

Supplementing with omega-3s could save EU €12.9BN in healthcare costs

A report commissioned by Food Supplements Europe has found that the EU could save billions on cardiovascular disease (CVD) healthcare if omega-3 supplements were taken daily by the over-55s. The aim of the Healthcare Cost Savings of Omega 3 Food Supplements in the European Union report was to determine if cost savings could be realised, […]

May 20, 2016 Continue Reading

EU-wide roadmap for healthier food published

Late last month the Roadmap for Action on Food Product Improvement was launched at a two-day conference organized by the Netherlands Presidency. The European initiative is endorsed by member states, food businesses and non-governmental organizations, and aims to achieve reduced levels of salt, added sugar and saturated fats in foods in a bid to combat […]

March 8, 2016 Continue Reading

Future bright for novel foods following Strasbourg vote

Last week MEPs adopted proposals that will enable novel foods to be brought to market with far less obstruction and bureaucracy. The changes to the Novel Foods Regulation aim to streamline the processes for approving new foods, specifically by having a single authorisation procedure in place for the EU, for which the European Food Safety […]

November 3, 2015 Continue Reading

NZ research claims calcium doesn’t benefit bone density

Research published on the British Medical Journal’s website, has concluded that “for most individuals concerned about their bone density, increasing calcium intake is unlikely to be beneficial.” The two studies looked at by the researchers from Department of Medicine, University of Auckland, and Department of Public Health, University of Otago, in New Zealand, featured participants […]

October 27, 2015 Continue Reading

GM crops banned in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said he is prohibiting the cultivation of genetically-modified (GM) crops in the country. The minister’s announcement follows the recent EU decision to allow member states to opt out of growing approved GM crops within their territories. “I remain unconvinced of the advantages of GM crops, and I consider […]

September 29, 2015 Continue Reading
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OTB announces “game changing’” EU organic funding bid

The Organic Trade Board (OTB) has today (10 August) announced the launch of its bid for “game changing” EU funding to further extend the successful and pioneering ‘Organic. Naturally Different’ campaign for an additional three years from 2017. New funding rules announced by the EU mean that a successful bid would see a shift from 50% […]

August 11, 2015 Continue Reading

MEPs vote to strengthen GM opt-outs

MEPs have voted to strengthen the hand of EU countries who want to be able to ban GM crops at the national level. In June, the European Commission agreed a draft Directive that would provide a legal basis to allow individual member states to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs already authorized, or under […]

November 20, 2014 Continue Reading