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MEPs clash with the Commission over GM crops – again

Members of the European Parliament have once again clashed with the European Commission over its stance on genetically modified (GM) crops.

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Sainsbury’s recalls Camembert after Listeria scare

Sainsbury’s in the UK is recalling some of its Camembert products with use-by dates up to and including March 6, 2016 due to the potential presence of Listeria.

Kettle Chips recalls UK products over plastic contamination fear

Kettle Foods has recalled a number of packs of its Kettle Chips in the UK over fears they may contain pieces of plastic.

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Tesco found to have 'seriously breached' Groceries Supply Code of Practice

UK supermarket giant Tesco has been found to have “seriously breached” the legally-binding Groceries Supply Code of Practice that was created to protect grocery suppliers.

Dutch authorities name 1800 firms that bought from horsemeat trader

The Dutch food safety authority has released a list of 1800 companies that bought meat potentially contaminated with horsemeat, following a court ruling requiring it to make the information public...

Tesco’s Christmas fightback against discounters

Tesco continued the Christmas fightback of the big four supermarkets against the limited range discounters, posting UK like-for-like sales growth of 1.3% during the six weeks to January 9.

Africa tops the trio of continents set for rise in food demand

Africa has the greatest potential for growth in food consumption over the next 25 years, according to a report, as the continent’s young demographic and lower-than-average calorie consumption provides huge...

Online tool shows global scale of obesity-related cancer

The impact of obesity on cancer rates across the world – and how many cases could have been prevented – is made clear with an online data tool, launched by...

Private label trumps brands over negative feedback - but can brands afford to become complacent?

Retailers pledge to change misleading products as 13,000 Dutch consumers vote for the worst offender of 2015, but as branded manufacturers have remained silent experts warn they should not become complacent.

‘It’s naïve to think teenagers will listen to the government on energy drinks’: Foodwatch

Only one out of 14 German retailers asked has age-restricted sales policies for energy drinks, showing the government’s soft voluntary approach is not enough, according to the German branch of...

Sales are up but value falls as UK Christmas shoppers opt for cheaper food

UK consumers bought more Christmas products but opted for cheaper versions of them, IRI data has shown, with traditional retailers feeling the downward price pressure of hard discounters.

Date label headaches could make consumers sick: Survey

More than one third (39%) of UK shoppers say they would eat seafood past its ‘use by’ date, whilst even more (42%) would do the same with poultry –  a worrying development...

If private label is the innovator of tomorrow, how can brands compete?

Private label products have become the trusted brands of today and continuous innovation will ensure they remain so, says one analyst - but could it also hold some promise for...

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French food waste bill voted in unanimously - again

France’s law to cut food waste, which includes forcing supermarkets to give all unsold food to charity, has been voted in –again – after it was scrapped on a technicality...

Green credentials, a transparent supply chain & climate change-proof profits? WeFarm promises 3-in-1

How can companies tighten their global supply chains, future-proof profits against climate change and boost their sustainable credentials for consumers in one go? Information-sharing platform WeFarm promises to do just...

Morrisons tipped to sell manufacturing assets following FTSE 100 exit

Morrisons could sell its food manufacturing assets in the wake of its imminent departure from the FTSE 100, a leading City analyst has claimed.

General Mills takes $500m Fiber One brand into UK

General Mills has rolled out its $500m higher-fiber brand Fiber One to retailers in the UK for the first time.

‘Think outside the shake’: Protein Pow takes protein home baking to supermarket shelves

UK start-up Protein Pow has secured a host of retail listings including Tesco for its home-baking nutrition powders.

French brands pipped to the post with private label veggie range

French retailer Carrefour has launched what it claims is France's first private label range of vegetarian products - which could spur other brands to occupy this relatively undeveloped space, says a market...

UK hint at 'challenging' junk food policy puts industry on the defensive

The UK government appears ready to ditch an industry-led, voluntary approach to tackling obesity for something “more challenging,” the Deputy chief medical officer hinted last week.

Trading up: can a shift from quantity to quality lift meat market malaise?

Whilst seafood sales are going swimmingly, the chilled processed meat category is under pressure globally, although volume declines could be tempered by value gains, says Euromonitor International.

EU brings in mandatory origin labelling for food from Israeli settlements

Food produced in Israeli-occupied territories, considered illegal under international law, must be clearly labelled as such in EU countries - a decision that has provoked strong opposition from Israel.

French retailers unveil alternative nutrition label

French retailers have unveiled an alternative 'simplified' nutrition label which rivals the five-coloured label and banishes the red traffic light that they cast as discriminatory against certain foods.

Is RSPO certification becoming irrelevant?

Companies are increasingly demanding certified palm oil using criteria that are stricter than current RSPO standards – does the mean the RSPO certification is in danger of becoming irrelevant?

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