17-May-2013 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that a flavouring compound used to give a burnt, nutty flavour to confectionery, baked goods and some savoury products is a safety concern for human health.
16-May-2013 - The European Commission has urged increased global use of its PGI (protected geographical indication) system to increase trade in foods from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, while encouraging sustainable production practices.
15-May-2013 - Major retailers from five European countries have urged greater support of non-GM soy production in Brazil, as increased demand for genetically modified (GM) soy from China risks diminishing non-GM supply.
14-May-2013 - The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has injected £500,000 into funding food safety, authenticity and traceability research in collaboration with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).
07-May-2013 - The European Commission has proposed reduced legislation and tougher fines among a raft of measures to protect against food fraud in light of the recent horse meat scandal.
06-May-2013 - Almost no German consumers know about the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), or understand the role it has in the approval of health claims for functional food products, according to experts.
02-May-2013 - The UK government has rejected a suggestion that the response to the horse meat crisis was inadequate, insisting it was “swift and effective” with co-operation throughout Europe.
29-Apr-2013 - EU Member States have voted in favour of continent-wide suspension of neonicotinoid pesticides that have been linked to bee deaths.
10-Apr-2013 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has finished its consultation on the safety of aspartame with a public meeting held on Tuesday with representatives of national food safety authorities, EU institutions, consumer groups, NGOs, academia and the food industry.
04-Apr-2013 - The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to reassess the safety of phosphates as food additives, after researchers suggested excessive phosphate consumption could be damaging to health.
02-Apr-2013 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has called on food and drink manufacturers for information on the use of food additives, prioritising data on 15 colours and antioxidants for the end of July.
21-Mar-2013 - Better sharing of information between rival food companies could save time and money and improve food safety and quality across the industry, says Stefano Crea, global manager of food and beverage at DNV Business Assurance.
13-Mar-2013 - The case of one company’s journey from ‘appalling’ food safety to third party certification provided a refreshingly honest view on the effect major companies can have on food safety – even for the smallest start-ups – at the GFSI conference in Barcelona last week.
12-Mar-2013 - Rapid microbiology has a big part to play in addressing the speed that foodborne diseases spread across the world, according to bioMérieux.
11-Mar-2013 - The issue of food fraud has traditionally taken a backseat to wider food safety threats – but Europe’s horse meat scandal has underlined the threat it poses to food businesses, according to Danone’s corporate quality projects director Petra Wissenburg.
08-Mar-2013 - Greater cooperation on food safety throughout the supply chain to preserve company reputations was a major theme at this year’s GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) conference, wrapping up in Barcelona on Friday.
05-Mar-2013 - The shape of a new Scottish food body is set to be sketched out following a consultation period opened last week on the responsibilities and functions of an authority separate from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).
04-Mar-2013 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has revised downward the acceptable daily intake (ADI) level for synthetic food dye Patent Blue V (E 131) in light of the latest available data.
04-Mar-2013 - The latest Food Standards Agency (FSA) tests have revealed four beef products sold by Bird’s Eye, fast food outlet Taco Bell and foodservice firm Brakes contained horsemeat above the 1% threshold.
15-Feb-2013 - Health officials in England and Scotland have rushed to re-assure the public after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed yesterday (February 14) that six horse carcasses containing the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, or bute, may have entered the food chain in France.