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DMF banned in consumer products

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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  • European Union
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  • April 16 2009

The use of the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF) in consumer products such as couches and shoes was recently banned across the EU

EFSA updates advice on BPA

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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  • European Union
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  • September 26 2008

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a further scientific opinion concerning the elimination from the body of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), and how this relates to the risk assessment of BPA for humans

Snack producers set standard portion sizes

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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  • European Union
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  • December 3 2010

The European Snack Association (ESA), the trade association for the European savoury snacks industry, has recommended its members adopt a standard 30 gramme (g) portion size when providing nutritional information an their packaging

Draft proposal on nutrient profiles criticised

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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  • European Union
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  • May 1 2009

It is understood that the Directorate General for Health and Consumers’ (known as DG SANCO) draft proposal on nutrient profiles, mandated by the 2006 EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, has been the subject of heavy censure

European Commission publishes definition of "nanomaterial"

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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  • European Union
  • -
  • December 5 2011

The European Commission has published a definition of "nanomaterials" in response to a request by the European Parliament for a comprehensive, science-based definition to apply across a range of existing laws

Vote on novel foods raises nanotechnology issues

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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  • European Union
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  • August 2 2010

The European Parliament's environment committee recently voted that food products produced using nanotechnology should be excluded from the scope of draft legislation on the authorisation of novel foods, and barred from the EU market, until they have undergone a specific risk assessment proving them to be safe

Commission resists calls for new regulation of nanomaterials

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • -
  • European Union
  • -
  • August 1 2008

The European Commission has carried out a review of current legislation in the fields of chemicals, worker protection, products and environmental protection and has concluded that risks posed by nanomaterials can be managed under the current legislative framework

Focus on the potential risks of nanotechnologies

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • -
  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • June 30 2009

The European Commission plans to hold a one-day public scientific hearing on 10 September 2009 to consider the recent opinion on the risks of nanomaterials published by the Commission's scientific committee on emerging and newly identified health risks

GMO update

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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  • European Union
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  • September 2 2009

The EU Council of Ministers will decide in October 2009 whether or not to authorise three GM maize crops (Monsanto's MON88017 and MON89034, and Pioneer's 59122xNK603), following the Member States' failure to reach agreement

EU food law in 2008

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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  • European Union
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  • February 1 2008

The increasing regulation of the food industry in Europe is an inevitable consequence of the EU’s policy of strengthening consumer confidence in food safety and harmonising laws and regulations to ensure the free movement of food and feed