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EU 'will not compromise' on food safety in US trade pact

12.02.14 @ 09:28

A top EU official has sought to allay German fears about the US being able to export bleached chicken and hormone beef to Europe once a free trade pact comes into force. "What is non-negotiable are food safety standards ...

No conflict of interest at EU food agency, director says

21.01.14 @ 10:16

The head of the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), Bernhard Url, has rebuffed allegations that his staff is too close to industry. Speaking to MEPs in the budgetary control committee on Monday (20 January), he said ...

EU lawmakers agree deal on commodity trading

15.01.14 @ 09:07

EU lawmakers reached a breakthrough on new rules to crack down on commodity speculation on Tuesday night (14 January) in Strasbourg. Under the so-called Market in Financial Instruments directive (MiFiD) that will ...

EU retreats from olive oil ban after wave of ridicule

23.05.13 @ 17:42

The European Commission has been forced to beat a hasty retreat from a proposed ban on jugs of olive oil in restaurants after the idea met with widespread ridicule. Barely a week after it was announced for "hygiene" and ...

Ikea meatballs tainted in EU horsemeat affair

26.02.13 @ 09:28

Fresh revelations of mass-scale fraud on EU food labelling have fuelled ministers' calls for a joint crackdown on organised crime. Swedish retailer Ikea on Monday (25 February) joined the list of formerly-trusted brands ...

EU horsemeat affair prompts DNA testing

14.02.13 @ 09:29

The European Commission is urging member states to intensify DNA tests on meat products to see how much horsemeat there is in EU "beef." “The tests will be on DNA in meat products in all member states,” health ...

EU wants partial ban on bee-killing pesticides

01.02.13 @ 09:28

The drop in bee populations in Europe prompted the European Commission on Thursday (31 January) to propose a two-year partial ban on three neonicotinoid insecticides. “We want to suspend for two years the use of these ...

EU to cap biofuel target to protect food

17.10.12 @ 22:23

The EU intends to cap the contribution made by crop-based biofuels to its renewable energy target under draft legislation tabled on Wednesday (17 October) by the European Commission. The use of food-based biofuels will ...

MEPs move to curb speculation with food prices

27.09.12 @ 09:47

The European Parliament has adopted a wish-list on rules for financial markets designed to curb food price speculation. The EU law - which also looks to control sales of complex and risky financial products to naive ...

Global maize price hike impacting EU livestock

14.08.12 @ 17:49

The United Nation's agency for Food and Agriculture (FAO) says the recent spike in the price of maize and soja is causing problems for the EU's animal feed sector. "We already see that the prices of the feed sector is ...

EU farm proposals will 'make mockery' of green targets

19.06.12 @ 09:57

A Danish EU presidency report on reforming the EU's farm subsidy policy - the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) - has caused uproar in a leading pro-green NGO. The Danish report, out on Monday (18 June), reveals that ...

Luxembourg: least transparent EU country on farm subsidies

12.06.12 @ 08:49

Journalists and activists at the farmsubsidy.org group have ranked Luxembourg as the least transparent member state when it comes to disclosing beneficiaries of EU farm aid. Last year, the EU forked out around €55 ...

OpinionEU fisheries: little learned 20 years later

11.06.12 @ 09:25

EU ministers will gather in Brussels on Tuesday (12 June) for a crucial vote on the general approach for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The developments of these last few weeks indicate that the ...

VideoDay in the life of an EU affairs consultant

02.05.12 @ 09:36

From drinks receptions to work meetings abroad, there is no average day for Kerstin Duhme, managing director of FTI Consulting. Her role is to act as what she calls a "facilitator" between industry and law-makers in ...

Officials, diplomats want even more EU secrecy

12.04.12 @ 18:19

Most member states and EU institutions are keen to draw a new veil of secrecy over how they appoint top officials and enforce EU law. The rights of journalists, NGOs and average people to get access to internal EU ...

EU commission: OK for food lobbyist to run food regulator

08.03.12 @ 18:28

The European Commission has defended its choice of a food industry lobbyist to help run its food regulator, the European Food Safety Agency (Efsa) in Parma, Italy. The commission on 10 February chose Mella Frewen - the ...

EU and US roll out gold standard for 'organic' food

16.02.12 @ 09:28

Organic goods produced in the United States and in Europe will be sold and certified under the same "organic" label in both markets after a trade deal signed on Wednesday (15 February). Previously, both European and US ...

Big pharma should combat bee decline, MEPs say

16.11.11 @ 09:58

The European Parliament has called on the pharmaceutical industry to play a role in finding a solution to halt the rapid decline of the honey bee. “The European Parliament calls on the commission to increase the ...

EU imposes stiff controls to block Chinese GM rice

15.11.11 @ 18:29

EU member states have slapped rigid new controls on all imports of Chinese rice products in the wake of ever-increasing detection of products 'contaminated' with unauthorised genetically modified rice. Following a near ...

FocusNanofoods - Coming to a plate near you?

18.10.11 @ 10:26

Chocolate that does not make you fat. Drinks designed by the press of a button. 'Meat' made from plant protein. Burgers that give you all the vitamins you need. Welcome to the world of nanofoods, a bold new future where ...

VideoDoubts hang over Belgium's 'eco-cheques' scheme

27.09.11 @ 17:38

Certain Belgian employees receive up to €250 worth a year in eco-cheques. They are designed to promote ecological buying by enticing people to buy bio products. They are also a way for employers to survive the ...

AgendaThis WEEK in the European Union

16.09.11 @ 20:31

The coming week will see all eyes once again focussed sharply on the rapidly metastasising eurozone crisis, although little official is programmed. According to EU officials everything is “still fluid”. Greece is fast ...

FocusIt's time to eat insects for the good of the planet, say experts

14.09.11 @ 09:56

"The European consumer has some difficulties in crunching a whole insect", says Professor Arnold Van Huis, capturing in one dry sentence the gamut of faint distaste to full-on revulsion that many Europeans feel about ...

FocusEuropean Food

13.09.11 @ 17:47

Europeans’ relationship with food is getting increasingly complicated. Other regions in the world are competing for the same produce, extreme weather is affecting harvests and driving up food prices. Experts question ...

FocusFood chain complexities raise questions about the way Europeans eat

13.09.11 @ 13:30

The relationship between Europeans and their food is growing in complexity, governed by cultural, social and economic factors and influenced ever more by unpredictable weather patterns and the rising middle class in ...

VideoBelgium: the EU capital of beer

13.09.11 @ 13:24

Although Belgians are not too proud of the fact that they have beaten the world record for length of time without a national government, they are delighted to be internationally renowned for their beer. Once a year, ...

OpinionEU's new fisheries policy: throwing a lifeline to the oceans.

13.09.11 @ 13:24

Fisheries policy has never been the type of issue that lives in the spotlight. Yet we now find ourselves at a time when what is at stake with the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is nothing short of the ...

FocusSouth Africa is the most European of 'new world' wine makers

13.09.11 @ 13:22

Red soil, breezy air, steep mountains and an all-embracing sun. It's still the end of winter in the wine-making region around Cape Town, so work in the vineyards is yet to begin. But inside the caves, barrels are being ...

FocusEU food labelling law spotlights strength of industry lobbying

13.09.11 @ 13:21

Next month one of the most ferociously contested EU laws in Brussels’ history is expected to be given the final nod by member states. The quest to change food labelling rules so that consumers can easily tell whether a ...

VideoA coffee with MEP Renate Sommer about new food labelling in the EU

06.07.11 @ 12:00

In the future, food labels on any product for sale in an EU supermarket will have to display all the food's energy content, fat, carbohydrate and sugar. Labels will even be in the language of the country where the food ...

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