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DMF banned in consumer products
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union
  • April 16 2009

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


European Commission publishes definition of "nanomaterial"
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • 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


Draft proposal on nutrient profiles criticised
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union
  • 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


‘Traffic light’ labelling is misleading
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union
  • May 1 2009

New research by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) suggests that the ‘traffic light’ colour-coded nutritional labelling scheme is frequently misinterpreted, with consumers often taking red labels to mean ‘avoid eating the product’


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


MEPs call for stricter food radioactivity rules
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union
  • April 27 2011

EU rules on permitted radioactivity levels in food are under scrutiny following the contamination of milk and vegetables by radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan


Vote on novel foods raises nanotechnology issues
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union
  • 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


Snack producers set standard portion sizes
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union
  • 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


Latest GM crops proposal gives more flexibility to member states
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union
  • December 3 2010

The European Commision has issued a draft regulation, which, if adopted, will grant more flexibility to EU members states to decide whether to allow genetically modified organism (GMO) cultivation whithin their territory


Focus on the potential risks of nanotechnologies
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • 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