US trade representatives have heeded calls from the country’s meat industry to act on ‘unfair and discriminatory’ rules on US beef imports to the EU – threatening to reopen a 20 year dispute and put sanctions on European products.
Britain has voted to leave the European Union and Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned as a result. Across Europe and the UK, the food industry is coming to terms with the outcome.
dispatches from RAFA 2015, Prague
Methods to analyse nanoparticles, food safety from the US perspective and insight into a range of EU projects were key topics during the second day of a conference in Prague.
Wine and spirit producers in Europe are welcoming an EU-Vietnam free trade agreement, saying the new deal will boost exports to a growing market.
We have vegetarian, pescetarian, fruitatarian, vegan… and pollo-tarian? Ditching beef and dairy for poultry products is the best diet to combat climate change, according to new research.
US senators have objected to an ‘absurd’ European initiative to protect local cheese names, which would force changes to common names in the States.
US and EU regulations clash over food safety bans. Are these dishes deadly or delicious?
A two year extension of US zero-duty access to the EU beef market is the latest step in the longest running trade dispute dividing Europe and America.
The EU energy market is set to grow by €1bn by 2017 and much of that could come from ‘natural energy’, a sub-sector that has been boosted by recent health claim approvals, says Euromonitor International analyst, Diana Cowland.
A Portuguese member of the European Parliament (MEP) Nuno Teixeira has raised concerns about the safety of Brazilian beef after learning that two shipments of Brazilian beef have been blocked in the port of Rotterdam after testing positive for the presence...
The number two gum player Kraft (now Mondelez) has filed a patent for a degradable gum composition that is similar to one currently being assessed for novel foods approval in the EU.
Cargill is looking beyond beverage to dairy as it flags up pending product launches for Truvia in both table-top and as an ingredient on the EU market next year.
PureCircle said that a “delay” in regulatory approval for stevia in the EU was a factor contributing to lower-than-expected sales for the year.
Natural pigments could be produced from fungus
Biosynthesized pigments from fungi could be used as a reliable source of natural colorants, according to a new review.
EU dairy industry turns to cheese as market recovers
Dairy processors in the EU are turning to cheese in an effort to put the market turbulence of a year ago behind them, according to a US government report.
US contests EU chicken restrictions
EU restrictions on US chicken imports have been challenged by Washington, which is demanding that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) intervene in the dispute.
EU ban remains on US chicken - report
European Union agriculture ministers have rejected attempts to lift a ban on US poultry which is washed in chlorine, according to media reports.
EU moves to restrict Ukrainian sunflower oil imports
The European Commission has set tough import standards for
Ukrainian sunflower oil following the recent discovery that some
products were contaminated.
International wheat prices could decline, production rise
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Outlook report
published yesterday confirms that wheat prices could decline in the
Dual testing no longer needed for US rice
Rice imported from the United States no longer needs to be tested
for the presence of GM material both at the point of export and on
arrival in the EU, following an amendment to emergency measures
following the 2006 contamination...
Sugar companies may face compulsory quota cuts
The European Commission may have to enforce compulsory final sugar
quota cuts of 1.16m tones in 2010 with no compensation, as current
renunciations fall below targets.
ASA warns GM ban retaliation
The American Soybean Association has warned there could be
"massive retaliation" on Europe if the bloc does not speed
up a system for approving GM crops.
Europe stalls again on ending GM restrictions
The European Commission has been given yet more time to bring
member states in compliance with trade obligations on GM crops
after failing to meet Friday's deadline, the same day France
extended its GM ban.
Hungary discusses renouncing half its sugar quota
Talks are under way in Hungary aimed at returning 50 per cent of
the country's sugar quota to the restructuring fund, in light of
the latest sugar reforms announced by the European Union.
Suedzucker expects benefits from sugar reform concessions
Suedzucker has adjusted its profit and revenue expectations for
full year 2007/8 following EU moves to make sugar reform more
attractive to growers, indicating that the industry efforts to
lessen the blow for the industry could be...
Hygiene rules force fish oil shortage
A European-wide shortage in fish oil supplements has been predicted
by the European Federation of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM)
because of new EU hygiene rules.
EU dairy undergoes CAP reform benefits
The European dairy industry is on course to rebound from a
difficult 2006, as the detrimental affects of CAP reforms on milk
production in 2003 begin to lift, says a new report by the US
Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Commission adds to guidance on animal by-products
The European Commission has added more details to its guidance for
industry on the EU's animal-byproducts directive.
UK farmers bitter over altered sugar reform
Farmers in the UK have condemned the newly amended EU sugar
restructuring scheme saying it will benefit processors rather than
growers struggling to compete at the lower end of the supply chain.
UK consults dairy sector on protein rules
Britain's Food Standards Agency has asked the country's dairy
industry to comment on EU proposals that would set standard protein
levels in dried and condensed milks.
Danisco welcomes EU sugar quota cut
Danisco has welcomed the EC's decision to introduce a temporary
sugar quota reduction as a "necessary step to restore the
balance on the market".
Chinese anti-dumping tariffs unfair, says EU
The EU has expressed concern that new anti-dumping tariffs imposed
on exports of its potato starch by China, are unfairly targeting
producers within the bloc.
EU farmers losing out in biotech revolution
European farmers are lagging behind the rest of the world in terms
of access to agricultural biotechnology, according to the president
of the European Federation of Biotechnology.
Food industry weighs in on impact of chemicals law
With the final passage of the new EU law regulating chemicals in
the bloc, the food industry has expressed concern about the
uncertainties relating to the scope of the legislation and the
eventual cost to processors.
Sugar reform fails to sweeten ABF sales
Associated British Foods (ABF) yesterday blamed a drop in operating
profits of 21 per cent to £413m (€612.9m) before on higher energy
costs and instability arising from EU sugar reforms.
One in 20 EU pesticides fake, claims study
More than one in 20 pesticides sold in the EU could be fake,
potentially endangering food safety and human health, according to
the Society of Chemical Industry.
Danisco sees promise despite tough sugar conditions
Danisco's sugar beet seed business in Denmark is bracing itself for
tough new market conditions following the implementation of the EU
Sugar reforms take toll on Tate and Lyle in Central Europe
Ingredients giant Tate and Lyle could be set to cease its sugar
processing operations in Central Europe, as producers look to lower
quotas in light of new EU sugar reforms.
ABF blames sugar for predicted reduced earnings
Associated British Foods (ABF) said that it expects a reduction in
earnings after tax in the second half of the financial year.
Danisco eyes 1m tonne sugar harvest
Danisco has maintained its expectations for this years sugar
output, and claims a one million-tonne oharvest is possible.
Suedzucker shows confidence in EU sugar regime
Suedsucker's remains confident about the EU sugar industry's
future, as its first quarter interim report, published today,
Kraft CEO attacks trade barriers on sugar prices
The chairman of Kraft Foods, the world's second biggest food
company, Roger Deromedi, has launched an attack on EU and US trade
barriers that are driving up the price of commodity ingredients
such as sugar and coffee.
Agrana moves sugar operations to Balkans
Agrana, which claims to be the leading sugar and starch producer in
Central and Eastern Europe, plans to expand its activities towards
the Western Balkans.
Food industry anxious over rising rapeseed demand
A growing conflict between the food industry and biofuel
manufacturers over rapeseed oil supply will be resolved at EU
parliamentary level, as members decide the future of edible oil
EU agrees to one-year cut in sugar production
The EC's proposal for a one-year cut of 2.5 million tonnes (13.6
per cent) in sugar, isoglucose and inulin syrup production has been
Glanbia blames poor results on EU dairy upheaval
Glanbia has blamed EU dairy sector restructuring and upheavals in
the Irish market for a disappointing financial performance in 2005.
EU to formalise new sugar regime today
The Agriculture & Fisheries Council will formally adopt new
sugar reform regulations today after months of fine-tuning the
Industry backs WTO's GM ruling against EU
A US industry body has commended the WTO's ruling that the EU and
six member states broke trade rules by barring entry to GM crops
and foods, something that has had a significant impact on the
nation's food industry.
EU proposes sugar quota cut to prevent serious oversupply
EU sugar quotas will have to be cut for the 2006/07 marketing year
to prevent a serious oversupply, says the Commission.
EU accuses US of 'twisting truth' over Doha proposals
The EU has attacked the US for 'seriously twisting the truth about
the value of the European Unions agricultural market access offer
in the Doha Round'.