Sudan still being detected in food supply
Illegal Sudan dyes in spices and other food products continue to be
detected despite numerous clampdowns, according to the European
New EU-wide effort aims to reduce acrylamide
The food industry is working with European Commission officials on
a programme to monitor and reduce acrylamide levels in their
EU to review dairy market in 2008
A review of the European Union's dairy strategy will take in place
in 2008, with intervention prices, storage subsidies and milk
quotas all up for discussion.
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.
Europeans still largely oppose GMOs, says new report
Europeans are more optimistic about biotechnology than ever before,
but this acceptance does not extend to their view of genetically
modified foods, according to a new survey.
Cargill welcomes new EU sweetener regulations
Cargill Sweetness Solutions has welcomed the change in EU law
surrounding the sweetener erythritol, saying it will give food and
beverage manufactures across Europe greater flexibility in
developing their products.
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.
EFSA to up co-operation on GMO risk assessment
Scientific experts from European Union member states yesterday met
with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to discuss ways to
strengthen scientific co-operation in the risk assessment of GMOs.
Food industry must tap consumer needs, says CIAA
The European food industry has announced that its bi-annual
congress in Brussels will be firmly focused on meeting consumers
EU backs Poland's GM crop ban
Poland's controversial ban on the use of 16 varieties of
genetically modified maize has been backed by the European
Commission, despite warnings the law broke EU rules.
Working at self-regulation
Self-regulation has become the mantra of food groups who argue that
laws are not always necessary - but can industry be trusted when it
has failed so spectacularly in the past?
Solbar expands European soy interests to Finland
Solbar's selection of Danetto Food as its distribution partner for
soy proteins in Finland is the latest initiative designed to
strengthen the firm's position in the European soy protein sector.
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
Soft drinks firms pledge routine benzene tests
Soft drinks makers have been hauled before the European Commission
to explain the presence of benzene traces in drinks, putting the
industry under pressure after recalls in the UK.
EC clears Cargill Degussa acquisition
The EC has cleared Cargill's acquisition of Degussa's food
ingredients business after ruling that the move would not stifle
competition within the lecithin market.
Cereal makers back vital new EU food legislation
The European Breakfast Cereal Association (CEEREAL) has hailed two
important pieces of European food legislation as "broadly positive'
for the future of the industry.
Chiquita raises banana prices in response to higher tariffs
Leading banana supplier Chiquita has increased its prices in Europe
and the US, in a move designed to offset the negative impact of
Law firm welcomes simplification of food regulations
Owen Warnock, partner and food law expert at law firm Eversheds,
believes that UK plans to simplify the regulation and legislation
of the food industry are to be welcomed.
EC rejects request to shelve GM foods separately
The European Commission has rejected a notification by Cyprus that
required genetically modified foods to be displayed separately from
non-GM foods in supermarkets.
Tate & Lyle invests in Israeli sugar venture
Tate & Lyle has formed a joint venture to build and operate a
sugar plant in Israel, a move that will partially replace
traditional sugar imports from the European Union.
Danisco gears up for EU sugar reform
Danisco says that the finalisation of the new EU sugar regime and
the recently announced transitional measures will not affect the
firm's planned efficiency drive.
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
Food labelling schemes a recipe for confusion, claims lawyer
Voluntary food labelling schemes could lead to greater confusion
among consumers at a time when the EU is debating how best to
harmonise regulations across the bloc, argues an industry lawyer.
Chiquita posts good results, but faces challenges ahead
Chiquita has said that 2005 was a "terrific" year for the
company, despite a $19m net loss in its fourth quarter resulting
largely from the flooding of 1,600 hectares of the company's banana
farms in Honduras.
Tate & Lyle commended for green policies
Tate & Lyle has demonstrated excellence in environmental
practice by developing supply chain partnerships, according to
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
Danone: strong results despite testing market conditions
Danone has ridden out difficult market conditions to report strong
full-year earnings and improved margins.
Danisco prepares for sugar reform to hit
Danisco has unveiled a series of closures to safeguard its sugar
activities in the face of widespread regulatory reform and
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.
World sugar production increases but prices remain high, says USDA
Soaring sugar prices are set to continue with supplies remaining
tight, despite increased production, according to the US Department
of Agriculture (USDA).
Südzucker confident in longterm sugar viability
Südzucker is confident that the revised EU sugar reform offers
efficient producers long-term planning certainty, though it
predicts a fall in next year's income.
Europe's soft drinks firms ban adverts to children
Soft drinks firms will voluntarily ban advertising to children
across the European Union in an effort to curb public criticism
amid the bloc's growing obesity problem.
EU firms can withstand sugar reform, says study
The slow nature of EU sugar regime reform should enable European
producers to offset the worst effects, according to a new credit
Budget cuts undermining food safety, warns EFSA
EFSA has expressed serious concern that the EU's proposed budget
cut could seriously undermine food safety in Europe.
Noni juice product achieves EU approval
A new noni juice product is fit for sale across the EU, according
to the UK's food watchdog.
UK firm targets noni juice regulatory approval
A UK company has applied for approval of its noni juice products on
the grounds that it is 'substantially equivalent' to other products
that have already been authorised.
2006: A milestone for food safety in the EU
New Year's Day marked a significant milestone for food safety in
the EU, with the entry of a large updated body of food and feed
EFSA starts aspartame study evaluation
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has received the primary
data for Ramazzini Foudation's recent study on the sweetener
aspartame and is commencing its risk assessment as a matter of
Chiquita opts against relocation to focus on business challenges
Chiquita is to keep its headquarters in their current location in
Cincinnati, Ohio, in order to focus on its major business
priorities, said the company's chairman in an internal announcement
Europe moves to protect mountain food products
Agreement over what should define a mountain quality food product
will help ensure accurate labelling and better protect a niche
European food market.
Global regulatory cooperation vital in fight against obesity
European and US food regulators will never be able to fully tackle
issues relating to nutrition and obesity unless they work together,
claims a pressure group.
German anti-trust authority clears Wild expansion
The German anti-trust authority's approval of Wild's DSF
acquisition should enable the firm to achieve a coordinated sales
base in Europe.
EU smoke flavouring regulations made clearer
A judgement reinforcing the harmonisation of smoke flavouring
regulations has been welcomed by the European Commission.
The reach of lobbying
The oft-said adage that there are two things people don't want to
see being made - sausage and legislation - falls apart at the doors
of the EU's parliament.
Death by food support
If the EU keeps hiding its agriculture sector behind huge pay
cheques instead of devoting more time to food research funding, the
bloc's whimpering and wailing will only get worse.
EU, US wine deal surviving opposition
The EU and US have signed off the first stage of their wine
agreement as France's agriculture minister tells annoyed winemakers
the deal is not as strong as it could be.
Italian gourmet sector targets US consumers
An ambitious Italian gourmet food promotion programme could
transform the fortunes of a revitalised sector - as long as EU
bureaucracy doesn't ruin everything.
Acrylamide risk less with EU almonds than US version, new study
European almonds pose less of an acrylamide risk than their US
counterparts, finds a new study to interest confectioners.
EU debates sugar ingredients
EU farm ministers met with African and Caribbean counterparts on
Monday to discuss the sweeping EU sugar reform that will bring
cheaper sugar ingredients into the bloc.