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

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

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 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

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