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
EC implementation guidelines on the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) directive are finally there…!
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.
The future of organic in Europe: changes coming to processing and labelling rules
Labelling terms referring to organic production and EU organic logo make it easier for the consumers to identify organic products and ensure organic food meets strict conditions of production and processing, in accordance with EU requirements. In line with the overall revision of organic production, the new Regulation (EU) No 2018/848, intended to…
The food safety aspects of edible insects
Recently growing concerns about the environmental effects of food production has led to an interest in the possibility of using insects as a viable nutrient source in both human diets and animal feed (due to the low carbon, water and ecological footprints associated with insect farming and edible insects can be a good source of…
Dairy food industry encouraged to innovate with Novel Foods
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.…
The EU and the definition of “Nanomaterial”
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…
Ethylene oxide contamination in food | Katia Merten-Lentz quoted by Le Parisien
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).
Brexit and novel food procedures
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…
Brexit and food additive authorisation procedures
When it comes to food and feed, it’s no secret that the Brexit deal has given rise to come big legal questions. What has changed? Which rules remain the same? Will commonalities continue?
Here, Katia Merten-Lentz lays out a general background into how the UK’s departure from the EU has changed Britain’s legal landscape.…
In-Vitro Meat in France | Katia Merten-Lentz quoted by Le Parisien
Last month Katia Merten-Lentz was interviewed by Géraldine Meignan for French daily newspaper Le Parisien on in-vitro meat. An interesting read for all those actively involved in food innovation in France (french read only).