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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’


Food safety update
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union
  • March 3 2010

The European Commission has launched a new Community register of nutrition and health claims on the Directorate General for 'Health and Consumers' webpages


EU food law in 2008
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union
  • 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


GMO update
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union
  • 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


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


Food safety update: Parliament approves resolution on tackling obesity
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • European Union
  • April 30 2007

The European Parliament (Parliament) recently adopted an own-initiative resolution aimed at preventing overweight, obesity and chronic diseases


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


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