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Oikos fights government plans to abandon Norway's organic targets

Oslo’s government has announced plans to reduce its ambitious organic targets, sparking a backlash from the country's lead organic trade group who advise their government to 'Look to Sweden'.

MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker...

Low iodine putting Israel’s population at ‘high risk’

High levels of iodine deficiency in school-age children and expectant mothers is posing a risk to health in Israel, warns the first national survey conducted in the country.

EU regulations top list of major concerns for nutrition industry

Forget Brexit, the current state of the global economy or rising raw material costs. EU regulation is a bigger challenge for European nutrition companies than them all, new data suggests.

EFSA to recommend daily intake values for added sugar by 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish a scientific opinion on how much sugar can be included in a healthy diet by 2020, it has confirmed.

WHO praises France for ‘straightforward’ nutrition logo

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has praised France for officially backing a voluntary, front-of-pack nutrition logo that “clearly stood out as the most consumer-friendly scheme”.

‘Climate change easier to tackle than diet change’

Combating climate change will be easier to achieve than improving global diets but both are interrelated, says a leading sustainability expert.

Italy sets up fine system for non-compliant health claims

In an effort to reduce misleading uses of health claims on advertising for nutritional products, the Italian government has published a decree detailing financial penalties.

China seemingly backtracks on tougher e-commerce rules providing a boost to supplement and food firms

China’s Commerce Ministry appears to have halted plans for more stringent cross border e-commerce rules, meaning many goods will still be regarded as personal trade, rather than for commercial distribution. ...

Time running out for Australian supplement firms to respond to raft of regulatory changes

Complementary medicine firms in Australia have just one week more to respond to a raft of proposed regulatory changes being considered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Blackmores fined for violating China ad laws as regulators name and shame global firms

Vitamins manufacturer Blackmores was fined AUS$65,000 (US$50,000), and publicly named and shamed by authorities in China for breaching strict advertising laws.

Scottish Fisherman’s Federation labels haddock sustainability rating 'vandalism'

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has downgraded Scottish haddock in response to shortages in the North Sea, prompting fury from fisheries who say the MCS’ actions are unscientific and amount...

UK food industry calls for early Brexit deal with Ireland

Heads of the British food and drink industry have called on the government to organise early Brexit trade deals with the Republic of Ireland.

Europe and Central Asia in ‘nutrition transition’: FAO report

Countries across Europe and Central Asia are going through nutrition transitions, with malnutrition issues changing to the ‘triple burden and general overnutrition, according to a new FAO report.

Biofortification drive to reach 1bn dependent on consumer demand: Review

Mainstreaming biofortification into plant breeding programs, integrating it into policies, programs and investments, and building consumer demand are needed to benefit one billion people by 2030.

Slavery at sea prompts calls for new ethical seafood labelling

Ongoing labour abuses at sea have prompted research into a possible ‘social sustainability’ scheme for seafood in Europe.

UK agency bans non-compliant L-Glutamine claims

A product listing for L-Glutamine has been banned by the UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) after the agency ruled it included a non-authorised health claim.

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Regulatory consistency lacking for sports supplement use, expert declares

Authorities have not paid enough attention to the issue of supplement contamination, failing to sufficiently investigate this issue, according to Luca Bucchini.

Reformulation success: UK says planned sugar tax revenues to fall by €160m

Thanks to drink manufacturers reformulating sugar out of their products, the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) now predicts significantly less revenue from the sugar tax - but does this...

Develop better voluntary schemes or face regulation, Scottish manufacturers warned

Food and drink manufacturers have been given 12 months to come up with effective non-regulatory approaches to help reduce levels of obesity.

MEPs call on EU to create food quality agency

Food products sold under the same label continually show inconsistent standards of quality, particularly in Eastern Europe, prompting calls for a new regulatory body in the EU.

Guest article

Sports, doping and supplements: Where do authorities, clubs and leagues stand?

Everyone is against doping, but those at the heart of sports and athletics can do more, argues Luca Bucchini.

EU Commission revises “outdated” medical device regulation

The EU Commission has released the revised regulations for the marketing of medical devices, simplifying the confusing between food and medical device, after outlining the changes - including post-market surveillance...

EFSA rejects Stablor fat reduction health claim

French firm LNC has failed in its bid to gain an approved health claim for its medical weight loss drink Stablor, with EFSA critiquing one human clinical trial, and rejecting...

PureCircle cleared of 'forced prison labour' accusations

Stevia maker PureCircle today (Tuesday) said it would “leave all the options open” as to whether it would seek compensation after it was “cleared” following a dispute with the US...