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Agricultural emissions in the spotlight as Ireland hears call for carbon tax ©iStock/DigitalZombie

Irish calls for carbon tax on agriculture

By Katy Askew

Ireland’s Citizens Assembly has issued a report on how the country can become a “leader in tackling climate change”, including calls for the taxation of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and increased efforts to combat food waste.

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EFSA in radical transparency overhaul

By Niamh Michail

In a radical revamp of its risk assessment process, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) could publish confidential data if deemed essential to protecting public health, according to draft rules aimed at boosting transparency and trust in science.

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Sweden to investigate low uptake of Keyhole logo

By Niamh Michail

Sweden's National Food Agency will investigate why many manufacturers choose not to add the free-to-use, healthy eating Keyhole logo to their products despite being eligible.

The sugar tax is not just about number crunching: how will it affect R&D, consumer behaviour, and wider F&B categories? Pic:Getty/Alexlmx

UK sugar tax: The experts weigh in

By Rachel Arthur

The UK’s Soft Drinks Industry levy comes into effect today. Does this signify a sea change in our approach to sugar? Should we expect to see the tax extend to other products? What will the response from consumers be? From R&D consultants to nutritionists,...

Stevia, listed as E 960 in Europe, is made by extracting the sweet-tasting molecules from the stevia plant. © iStock/zeleno

PureCircle plays down EU stevia stumbling block

By Niamh Michail

Malaysian supplier PureCircle must provide more data to prove the safety of both minor steviol glycosides and glucosylated stevia, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in two separate opinions.

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