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

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

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.

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).

https://www.leparisien.fr/bien-manger/ils-croient-dur-comme-fer-a-la-viande-de-laboratoire-enquete-sur-un-nouveau-lobby-22-04-2021-P7HZ6T6IZRBY5J636KDHIFBF7A.php 

Yesterday, as expected, the European Court of Justice announced its decision on the use of non-organic seaweed powder in organic drinks.

The case concerned the addition of a non-organic ingredient (Lithothamnium calcareum seaweed powder) in the processing of prepackaged drinks produced by Natumi GmbH. The drinks had otherwise organic ingredients.

The case centred around whether

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