The decision particularly affects those players who had looked to take advantage of ambiguous regulations and interpreted the legislation (in particular (EC) 258/97) that whole insects did not need to be considered ‘new’ in the European Union. In her latest article for Les Marchés, Katia Merten-Lentz explores the decision, and what it means for producers

A Parisian start-up recently announced the opening of a ‘vegetable meat’ production site in France. The firm produces meat-free steak, wings and nuggets which are sold around the country. However, French law will soon prohibit the use of such terms for vegetarian meat substitutes in a bid to protect the interests of the country’s farmers

The 43rd Codex Alimentarius Plenary Commission meeting will be held remotely this year, in multiple online sessions. The digital format is new, but the program essentials remain the same: adopting new CAC texts, revoking old texts and revising those which have reached the end of the development process. In the latest article for Les Marchés,

This article was first published at IHS Markit (subscription required), 3 September 2020

The internet has become a platform for selling food across the globe. This phenomenon has even increased with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some malevolent operators use the current crisis as a business opportunity and have freed themselves from the EU food

The report finds that official controls in EU Member States on feed additives and their pre-mixtures, function largely well in context of the established risk-based control systems. However, it also outlines some areas for improvement such as the assessment of feed business operators’ hazard analysis and critical control points’ systems, the assessment of  operators’ tests 

This article was published on Food Navigator on the 6th of August.

What does the EC’s fitness and performance check on Nutrition and Health Claims regulation suggest?

On 20 May 2020, the European Commission completed the REFIT [1] Evaluation of the Regulation (EC) n°1924/2006 on Nutrition and Health claims (the NHCR). Even though the

Annexes I and II of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 lay down the general hygiene provisions that food business operators must comply with to ensure food safety throughout the food chain. The European Commission is empowered to update and adapt those Annexes, taking into account, among others, scientific advice (article 13). On this basis, the European

In May, the European Commission published its ‘from-farm-to-table’ strategy which aims  to introduce ‘nutrient profiles’ by Q4, 2022. The objective of nutrient profiles is to place limits on certain nutrients i.e. fats, sugars and salt that can be contained in foods which simultaneously claim certain health benefits. The introduction of the strategy is long-awaited and

According to the Advocate General Bobek, whole insects intended for human consumption which are to be consumed as such, fall outside the scope of the Novel Food Regulation.

In the case C‑526/19, the Advocate General delivered his Opinion and explained why, in his view, whole insects would not be Novel. He noted that:

“While

In February, France’s Council of the State ordered a modification of the country’s Environment Code. The move was in response to the European case law which had ruled that organisms obtained through some mutagenesis techniques to be tolerant to herbicides are to be subjected to the same regulations as applied to genetically modified organisms. Katia