Originally scheduled for March 2020, the newly published Farm to Fork Strategy has set out targets designed to ensure a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system, including a 50 percent reduction in the use and risk of pesticides.
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The Commission has published a set of Questions and Answers (Q&A) designed to provide further detail about the measures it has introduced to support the agricultural and food sectors throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The call comes before the EU Commission is due to publish its Farm to Fork Strategy, which aims to make the food system more sustainable and healthy.
The letter highlights topics such as mandatory product information, for the joint benefit of citizens and businesses across the EU, and calls for further action and leadership from the European Commission to make Europe fit for the digital age.
Official controls, undertaken by authorities in each member state, are said to serve to check whether the EU rules are correctly implemented.
Following a positive opinion issued by the EFSA, the European Member States have voted in favour of listing nicotinamide riboside chloride as a novel food ingredient.
Good harvests have reportedly created an imbalance between supply and demand on the EU olive oil market, resulting in a fall in prices. In an attempt to re-balance the market, the European Commission has adopted private storage aid for virgin olive oils.
Four non-governmental organisations have demanded a halt to fishing for western Baltic herring and eastern Baltic cod for 2020.
Skyrocketing demand for vegan and vegetarian foods has highlighted a number of manufacturing concerns – particularly with respect to on-pack claims. Here, Jessica Sage, food safety and quality consultant at Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL), reviews the current state of play and key issues that are influencing developments.
The European Commission has decided on a set of rules to follow in order to prevent avian influenza outbreaks as has previously been the case.
The two measures described are part of the plan to aid farmers in feeding and taking care of their livestock, and with the production of crops.
Of the labs that did not use WGS, the main reason given was that they lacked the budget and expertise.
The EU's Commissioner for Trade has expressed regret at being put in this position, but said there was 'no other choice'.