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Salmonella: Belgian public prosecutor investigates Ferrero

12-Apr-2022

Belgian prosecutors are investigating the company after a salmonella outbreak at confectionery giant Ferrero. The investigation is linked to a factory in Arlon that Ferrero was forced to close last week on orders from authorities, the Belga news agency and other media reported Monday, citing the ...

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Captain Iglo suffers shipwreck in court

14-Feb-2022

Käpt'n Iglo has suffered its second defeat in court in a long-running legal dispute over the uniqueness of its well-known advertising figure. On Thursday, the Munich Higher Regional Court dismissed the Hamburg-based fish stick manufacturer's appeal against a similar advertising figure from ...

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Fish fillet not a new invention - patent claims partially deleted

18-Nov-2021

Fish fillets are not a new invention, even if they come from specially fed animals. The opposition division of the European Patent Office (EPO) on Tuesday cancelled patent protection for salmon and trout, whose meat is rich in omega-3 fatty acids due to the way they are fed. The patent no longer ...

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Dispute over nutritional information: Dr. Oetker concedes ECJ defeat

15-Nov-2021

Nutritional information on the front of food packaging may not refer to specific preparation methods, according to a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Information of this kind does not allow for comparison with the corresponding foods from other manufacturers, according to a ruling ...

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Formula milk trials are not reliable, warn experts

Recent trials lack scientific rigour; substantial change needed to protect participants from harm and protect consumers from misleading information

14-Oct-2021

Formula milk trials have a high risk of bias, authors almost always report favourable conclusions, transparency is lacking, and findings are selectively reported, finds a review of evidence from recently published trials in The BMJ today. The researchers say their findings “support the need for a ...

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Copying prohibited: "Oktoberfest" is a protected trademark

17-Sep-2021

After five years of examination by the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Munich Oktoberfest is now a protected trademark. The office, based in Alicante, Spain, has approved the Munich city council's application for trademark protection for Germany's best-known folk festival. The ...

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Sugary drink consumption plunges in Chile after new food law

13-Aug-2021

Chile’s package of healthy food policies successfully decreased purchases of unhealthy food and drinks during the initial implementation phase, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Chile and the National Institute of Public ...

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Chinese food waste law with fines for over-ordering comes into effect

30-Apr-2021

A Chinese law aimed at preventing food waste has come into force after being passed on Thursday. It means that excessive orders placed with catering services can incur a fine of up to 10,000 yuan (1,545 dollars). Catering services are now also allowed to charge customers a disposal fee if they ...

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EU authority gives green light for products with mealworms

The EU authority pointed out in its study that the protein content is sometimes overestimated.

14-Jan-2021

The European Food Safety Authority has given the green light to new products such as grilled flour beetle larvae and pasta containing parts of these insects. This was announced by the experts of the analytical authority, EFSA for short, in the Italian city of Parma on Wednesday. They presented ...

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Foreign food must not simply look like original

21-Dec-2020

Food from foreign suppliers may not be called the same or look the same as agricultural products with a protected designation of origin in EU states without further ado. The European Court of Justice on Thursday banned products that are so similar in shape and appearance to a product with a ...

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