Blog: (Food) safety first
Dean Best | 22 November 2007
There were some illuminating quotes from a European food safety summit held this week in Brussels to mark the fifth anniversary of the creation of the EU’s food standards watchdog.
The European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) welcomed 500 scientists and industry experts to air their views on issues ranging from nanotechnology to additives and from labelling to food-borne infections.
Nanotechnology and additives both seem to be focusing the minds of those in Europe at the moment.
As European food regulation specialists EAS argue, industry will continue to plough money into research into nanotechnology but, as yet, Europe’s food regulators are finding it tough to draw up guidelines to police the burgeoning sector.
And the additives debate continues to rage. Early next year, EFSA will publish its assessment of a UK study that claims to show a link between food colourings and hyperactivity in children.
The report, published in September, seemed to breathe fresh life into a debate that has raged for years.
Food companies will no doubt be concerned that if EFSA backs the study, regulation will follow. Companies and retailers have made moves to remove some additives but there could be governmental pressure for the EU to take a stronger line on the issue.
As EFSA executive director Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle said: "Few issues are as central to our lives as the safety of the food we enjoy each day.”
Pressure on the food industry – on issues like the use of additives and nanotechnology in food – is only likely to intensify.
Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player. ...
Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden....
Hain Celestial, under the scrutiny of the investment community in recent months and facing some challenges in its domestic market, has announced another shuffling of its management pack....
FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant....
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