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Top Stories in the Latest Issue - 22 May 15

More public scrutiny of EU laws promised in "Better Regulation" drive

The process of EU lawmaking is to be opened up to new levels of scrutiny, with industry and stakeholders given more opportunity to comment on new p... read more...

Mandatory origin labelling could push up costs by 45%

Labelling the country of origin (COOL) of milk and dairy products could increase a dairy firm's costs by 45%, it was claimed in a European Commissi... read more...

COOL - industry welcomes Commission conclusions on voluntary labels

The food industry this week warmly welcomed the European Commission's conclusion that voluntary country of origin labelling (COOL) is the best way ... read more...

Endocrines - EFSA expert thought Opinion "embarrassing"

A senior staff member at the European Food Safety Authority called for key changes in its draft Opinion on endocrine disruptors - particularly the ... read more...

EFSA rejects criticisms over endocrine Opinion

The difference of opinion on whether to change the EFSA draft on the definition of endocrine disruptors just before it was adopted was "normal prac... read more...

Consumer groups urge MEPs to vote against flavourings veto

The European Commission's ban on five flavourings should be supported because further data on toxicity are needed, consumer groups have told MEPs a... read more...

Responsibility Deal "ineffective" because it avoids best interventions

The UK Public Health Responsibility Deal is ineffective because it does not include the most effective strategies to improve diet - food pricing re... read more...

Health claims: EFSA stresses need for "mode of action" evidence

Evidence to support the mechanism by which a food could exert a claimed effect is important in applications where there are a limited number of eff... read more...

Andriukaitis tantalises on health claims

Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis tantalisingly told Agriculture ministers this week that "adjustments" might be needed to t... read more...

Novel Foods - institutions argue over legal formula on cloning

The European Parliament wants a legally-binding article on cloning inserted into the Novel Foods Regulation, whereas the Council is so far only off... read more...

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