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EU Court of Auditors: weaknesses in organic food controls

18-Mar-2019

The European Court of Auditors still sees weaknesses in the control of food with the EU organic label. Improvements were needed. "This is essential to maintain consumer confidence in the EU organic label," said Nikolaos Milionis, the responsible inspector, in Brussels on Thursday. The label with ...

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Too expensive cucumbers: Turkish government punishes vegetable merchants

25-Feb-2019

Before the local elections at the end of March, the Turkish government is punishing "greedy" vegetable traders with fines totalling two million Turkish lira (about 330,000 euros). The newspaper "Hürriyet" reported on Thursday that the government had ordered controls on markets because of ...

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EU Commission targets possible salmon cartel

20-Feb-2019

Consumers in Europe may have paid excessive prices for Atlantic salmon in the past. The EU competition authorities announced in Brussels on Tuesday evening that companies had been searched unannounced in several EU countries on suspicion of illegal agreements. The employees of the EU Commission ...

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French winemakers warn about Brexit

14-Feb-2019

French wine and spirits exporters say they are "in the total fog" over Brexit. With less than two months before Britain's scheduled departure from the European Union, the head of the French federation of exporters of wines and spirits warned of the damaging effect of an exit without an agreement ...

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Food industry sway over public health gets new scrutiny

30-Jan-2019

The tweet from a group that finances development in Latin America was direct: Sodas do not offer beauty or joy, just a lot of sugar. There was one problem for the organization. Coca-Cola was a funder.The Inter-American Development Bank's management told Coke it hadn't been aware of the tweet, and ...

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Craft beer taps squeezed as shutdown delays new releases

16-Jan-2019

The nation's craft beer taps are being squeezed by the government shutdown, which has put new releases on hold, prevented new breweries from opening and stopped shipments of some suds across state lines. The partial shutdown halted operations at the federal agency that regulates alcohol ...

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Food safety regime is strong but overstretched

16-Jan-2019

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

10-Jan-2019

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 court advisor: Organic food label does not exclude halal slaughter

21-Sep-2018

Meat obtained from animals slaughtered without being stunned, in line with Islamic religious practices, should still be able to qualify for organic certification, an advisor to the European Union's top court argued on Thursday. Many Muslims believe that for meat to be halal and acceptable for ...

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foodwatch Accuses EU of Large-Scale Failings in Health and Safety

Open Letter: Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Is "Detached from Reality"

14-Sep-2018

The European consumer organisation foodwatch accused EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker of large-scale failings in health and consumer protection. Europe is being rocked by massive food scandals time and again, and the Commission has failed to effectively protect consumers, argued ...

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