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GROWTH - 7 November 2021

NEW GENOMIC TECHNIQUES: COMMISSION OPEN ON FEEDBACK

October has marked the first step in the opening of the revision of the European legislation on GMOs, with the European Commission’s feedback period opened to receive the opinion of the European stakeholders on the matter. More than 70 000 feedbacks have reached the Commission offices, mainly for German and French citizens. Also, the European […]

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FOOD CHAIN - 3 November 2021

NUTRITION & FOOD POLICIES: COMMISSION IS STILL UNDECIDED ON FRONT-OF-PACKAGE LABEL

During her intervention in front of the plenary session of the European Parliament, Health Commissioner Kyriakides stated that the Commission has not yet taken a decision on front-of-packaging labelling, refusing rumours that the Nutri-Score is the favoured option. Member Stated have decided to ban, starting in 2022, food additive E171 after consistent studies have underlined […]

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FOOD CHAIN - 2 November 2021

FARM TO FORK NEWS: EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES IT

October marked the adoption of the Farm to Fork strategy as a shared European strategy, and not only a European Commission’s initiative. In fact, the vote of the European Parliament on the texted agreed by the joint ComEnvi & ComAgri Committees confirmed most of the Commission’s vision of the future of European agriculture and the […]

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FOOD CHAIN - 11 October 2021

NUTRITION & FOOD POLICIES: WHO SUPPORTS NUTRI-SCORE

September 17-18th marked the Agricultural G20 held in Florence, Italy, after which agriculture ministers signed a declaration of intentions named “Charter of Florence”: with commitments in turning agriculture more sustainable. On the Front-of-Package labelling debate, IARC/WHO – International Agency for Research on Cancer – published a paper in support of the Nutri-Score system, whereas the […]

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FOOD CHAIN - 8 October 2021

Farm to Fork: new studies unveil the economic effects of the strategy

A new study from the Kiel University, Germany, takes a clear cut conclusion on the effect of F2F on the agricultural sector in the UE. And while the US tires to create a coalition that would oppose the agri-food strategy, Vice-President Timmermans called on world leader to be inspired by the same strategy so to […]

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GROWTH - 8 October 2021

NEW GENOMIC TECHNIQUES: COMMISSION OPENS PUBLIC CONSULTATION

In September the European Commission opened for public consultation asking for stakeholders their opinion on the legislative initiative to update the curent legal framework on the matter of New Genomic Techniques, following the study published in April 2021. At the same time, a letter signed by 50+ organisations addressed to the Commission opposed its opening […]

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FOOD CHAIN - 4 October 2021

Livestock in the EU: debate on AMR

In September 2021, the EU Parliament has rejected plans to reserve five specific groups of antibiotics for use in humans and largely ban them in animals. Developments concerning the avian flu and African Swine Fever are still closely monitored in the EU. At national level, a pig backlog and shortage of CO2 and workers are […]

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GROWTH - 4 October 2021

WINE NEWS: THE LOWEST HARVEST

At EU-level, historically low harvests have been forecasted for France, Italy and Spain following spring frosts, hail, droughts and diseases earlier this year. At national level, a volcanic eruption on the Canary Islands is threatening wine growers, hail affected Spanish vineyards and wildfires threatened white wine crops in Greece. In Italy, Agriculture Minister Patuanelli ensures […]

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