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.

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The EFSA recently gave its updated conclusions on the titanium dioxide (E171) food additive. The results were a reassessment of the EFSA’s safety conclusions which were published on June 28, 2016 (which were themselves a reassessment of the EFSA’s original 2009 assessment). The most recent appraisal took into consideration new data that have been discovered

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Yesterday the long-waited Commission guidelines on single-use plastics (SUP) were published. These guidelines facilitate a correct and harmonised application of the key parts of Directive (EU) 2019/904 on SUP, in particular, on the definition of plastic, of single-use plastic products made wholly or partly of plastic, and the different items covered by the Directive.

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New rules on organic farming and production in the EU are set to come into effect at the beginning of 2022. In the second in a series of articles written for Food Navigator, legal experts Katia Merten-Lentz and Caroline Commandeur weigh what these new measures will mean for the future of organic food in

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In her latest article for Les Marchés (French read only), Katia Merten-Lentz explores how the dairy industry has been affected by the EU’s Novel Food Regulations.

The list of Novel Foods in the EU offers several examples of ingredients derived from milk or intended for use in dairy products, all of which have been authorized.

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

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EU member states currently have very different legal approaches to dealing with consumers collective interests. As a result, small consumer disputes are rarely taken to court by consumers because of the costs of pursuing legal action and the relatively low recompense of doing so.

To address this problem, the European Commission adopted the directive (EU)

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On November 19, the EU’s Court of Justice gave the long-awaited judgment on the classification of cannabidiol (CBD). The Court judged that CBD cannot be qualified as a “narcotic” in the eyes of the law. As a result, CBD products can be marketed and benefit from the free movement guaranteed by Articles 34 to 36