An interesting study has recently been issued by the European Commission. The study confirms that the findings of the 2007-2008 evaluation on the production and marketing of plant reproductive material are still valid. However, it also finds that the current GMO legislation is not fit for purpose in terms of new techniques that alter the

Having voted 7 months earlier in favour of banning descriptive terms as ‘buttery’ and ‘creamy’ for purely plant-based products, the European Parliament withdrew draft legislation (the famous Amendment 171).

Implications of Amendment 171 were that the following would be prohibited:

  • Familiar packaging formats like a carton for plant-based milk alternatives, or a block of plant

The EU Commission confirmed EFSA’s scientific opinion and authorizes the first edible insect, dried yellow mealworm, to be placed on the European market.

The authorisation will provide for the product to be sold in whole, dried form or to be used as an ingredient in other foods and is the first authorisation of its kind.

The EU Commission has not decided to harmonize the definition of nanomaterial yet, just to slightly update it. Considering that the issues identified in the current definition in the Recommendation 2011/696/EU might be addressed through minor changes of it, the EU Commission organizes only a second survey to targeted stakeholders (economic operators implementing all relevant

Now that Brexit is a reality, the way that the UK assesses novel foods may change, with the UK implementing its own procedures separate from those of the EU bloc.

One such example of this is cannabidiol’s status in the UK as a novel food.

Here’s interesting guidance from the UK’s Food Standards Agency, giving

On the 15th of April 2021, the European Commission presented a summary of its Farm to Fork proposal at the EU’s regulatory committee meeting on food.

The Farm to Fork initiative proposes to modify the EU-FIC Regulations on front-of-pack nutritional labelling, nutrient profiles, origin labelling and date marking.

The summary included interesting feedback and thoughts

At the end of March, the World Trade Organization issued a draft regulation that lists in its annexes the products and substances authorised to be used in organic production in the EU. Plant protection products, fertilisers, products for cleaning and disinfection and non-organic products, additives and processing aids for feed and food are specified in

Food fraud affects almost every type of food and edible products…the imagination of fraudsters seems limitless. Any initiatives aimed at hampering the progress of fraudsters are generally welcomed.

Wine producers are particularly exposed to fraudsters and fraudulent products. The EU has recently launched an initiative to create an EU database for chemical analysis for wines.

Back in September, Belgium informed French authorities, via the RASFF, that ethylene oxide had been found in imported sesame seeds. The amount of ethylene oxide surpassed the maximum amount allowed under regulations. Subsequent DGCCRF checks have shown that other products (like spices) may also be contaminated.

Investigations are ongoing, but French health authorities and EU

For the first time since 2008, the EFSA has officially launched a post-market monitoring program of the use/presence of (all) food additives in (all) foods at the level of the EU. The open call for occurrence data was launched on March 25th 2021.

The deadline under which ‘National food authorities, research institutions, academia