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Food safety regime is strong but overstretched


Although the EU food safety model is among the toughest in the world, it could still be more effective and consistent across the bloc, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said in a report issued Tuesday. The auditors commended the bloc's food safety regime as "a point of reference around the ...


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EU withdraws threat of fish import ban from Thailand


The EU Commission has withdrawn its threat of a ban on imports of seafood and fish from Thailand. The Southeast Asian country has taken effective action against illegal fishing and complied with European demands, said Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella on Tuesday in Brussels.The European ...


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EU adopts ban on disposable plastics


Plastic plates, drinking straws and other disposable plastic products are to be banned in Europe in the future. Negotiators of the European Parliament and the EU states agreed on Wednesday morning in Brussels on a corresponding regulation. The ban is intended to help reduce the amount of plastic ...


EU halves its milk powder mountain


The European Union has halved the amount of milk powder it has accumulated in Europe due to falling prices. Of the 380,000 tonnes bought since the beginning of the crisis in 2015, 190,000 have been returned to the market, the EU Commission announced on Friday. Prices had stabilised.In view of an ...


EU Commission wants to allow more beef imports from the USA


To defuse the trade dispute with President Donald Trump, the EU Commission wants to allow the USA to import more beef. A share of all imports of hormone-free beef into the EU is to be reserved for the USA, the Brussels authority announced on Monday. The EU states would have to give an appropriate ...


Commission clears Linde merger with Praxair subject to conditions


The industrial gases group Linde is making progress in its planned multi-billion-euro merger with its US competitor Praxair. The EU Commission's competition authorities approve the planned merger to form a new industry giant, the authority announced in Brussels on Monday. However, they require ...


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Brewer AB Inbev benefits from Football World Cup


The world's largest brewer AB Inbev benefited from the World Cup and good business in Latin America in the second quarter. However, there were problems in Europe and the USA. Adjusted for currency effects and the consequences of sales and acquisitions, sales rose by almost five percent to 14 ...


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EU top court rules new breeding techniques count as GMOs


The European Union's top court ruled Wednesday that food produced by a series of new biotechnology breeding techniques should be considered genetically modified organisms, thus falling under the EU's strict regulations of the products. The ruling, which will see the foods face special safety ...


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Sleeping badly makes us crave junk food but sleeping well could reduce disease risk


Sleeping badly means that we are not at our best during the day, increasing stress, lacking concentration – and, surprisingly, craving high-calorie or junk food. Researchers in Japan today (9 July) presented their findings into the link between sleep loss and the prefrontal cortex, an area of the ...


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EU imposes tariffs on US peanuts, motorcycles and whiskey


The European Union started enforcing tariffs Friday on American imports like bourbon, peanut butter and orange juice, part of a growing global trade rift that's likely to intensify over the next few weeks. The EU tariffs on $3.4 billion worth of U.S. products are in retaliation for duties the ...


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