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

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Last month Katia Merten-Lentz was interviewed by Géraldine Meignan for French daily newspaper Le Parisien on the ethylene oxide contamination that has been extended also to other foods. An interesting read for all those actively involved (french read only).

https://www.leparisien.fr/bien-manger/apres-le-sesame-le-scandale-des-contaminations-a-loxyde-dethylene-setend-a-dautres-aliments-09-04-2021-BTM2QVBL5BBBHIE2UQRALINBZ4.php

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

New regulations surrounding the products and substances that are authorized in organic production are set to be complex.

The compilation of texts details how from 2022 onwards, organic operators will need to find their way around various secondary acts, three of which have already been adopted, and several (at least two, but there will surely

The European Court of Justice had a progressive reading last November of the two international reference texts for CBD: the 1971 United Nations Convention on psychotropic substances and the United Nations Convention of 1961 on narcotics. It was concluded that CBD does not behave, in principle as a psychotropic drug and in the current state