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Genetic engineering researchers demand new genetic engineering law

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12.11.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Scientists from biotech research institutions in Europe are calling for European genetic engineering legislation to be amended and GM plants to be exempted from its approval regulations. However, their demand encounters resistance.


EU organic control in Romania slowly improving

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09.11.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The EU Directorate General for Health and Food Safety inspected Romania's eco-control system in April. The audit report now published confirms Romania's progress, but still criticises many details.


EU criticises Ukrainian control body: "Culture of leniency"

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05.11.2018 Leo Frühschütz

In June this year, the competent EU Directorate General inspected a control agency operating in Ukraine. The audit report now published confirms progress made by the inspection body, but accuses it of living a "culture of leniency" with regard to infringements.


Microplastic found in humans for the first time

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02.11.2018 Leo Frühschütz

For the first time, the Austrian Federal Environmental Agency and the Medical University of Vienna have proven that microplastics also occur in the human digestive system.


Call for moratorium on gene drives from UN conference

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29.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Leading representatives of the global agricultural movement have called for a stop to all releases of gene drives.


Germany: Microplastic in food worries consumers

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26.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

83% of German consumers are familiar with the topic of microplastics in food and 56% of them are therefore worried. The BfR determined this in its current consumer monitor.


Critical look at new additives

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25.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Glycerin, E 551, E 476, sodium hydroxide, potassium polyaspartate and E 965: EGTOP, the EU Commission's advisors on organic food issues, give their opinion on additive applications.


FiBL: SMART Tool to assess food chains

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17.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The run-up to the Swiss referendum on the Fair Food Initiative has shown that people want more sustainability and transparency with regard to the origin and production of food. FiBL has developed the "SMART tool" to make such achievements visible.


Report: USA degenerates to a dumping ground for faked organic feeds

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04.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Large quantities of organic feed continue to be delivered to the USA whose organic quality is questionable. This is the result of a report published by the Cornucopia Institute, which is closely related to the US organic movement.


Genetic engineering is not beyond the fall armyworm

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03.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz

A new pest is threatening agricultural yields worldwide. Now, some scientists and manufacturers are propagating genetically modified Bt-maize as a solution to the triumphant advance of the pest. Instead, holistic strategies are needed.


Primavera: Alcohol remains a preservative in organic floral waters for now

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31.08.2018 Horst Fiedler

For now, Primavera has cancelled the distribution of non-alcoholic organic plant waters announced for September. Quality control results are the reason.


France: Carrefour´s seed inititative „Forbidden Market“ successful

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04.07.2018 Editor

Ninety per cent of the planet’s cultivable varieties have already died out in the 20th century, says FAO. The French retailer Carrefour joined producers in their fight to make fruit and vegetables grown from farmers' seeds available to consumers.


Health Ingredients Europe presents Organic Spotlight

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02.07.2018 Editor

Fi Global, the organiser of Health ingredients (Hi) Europe & Natural ingredients (Ni) Europe will host the Health & Nutrition Week around the show.  


Cyclo-di BADGE: New pollutant from the can

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18.06.2018 Editor

Tin cans are usually coated – contaminants in this layer can theoretically pass into the food inside the can. German food controllers (of CVUA-MEL) have now pointed out a pollutant that previously was not the focus of attention: Cyclo-di-BADGE (CdB). It can also be a problem for organic producers, as they do not use any other cans than their conventional colleagues.


USA: OTA starts pilot project to prevent and detect fraud

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14.06.2018 Editor

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced the kick-off of a groundbreaking pilot project by the organic industry to prevent and detect fraud in the global organic system. 


Fipronil found in organic eggs again

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13.06.2018 Editor

The German State Office for Food Safety and Consumer Protection in Lower Saxony (LAVES) has detected the insect venom fipronil in organic eggs from the Netherlands.


Tritordeum: new cereal wins Sustainable Food Awards

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12.06.2018 Editor

Tritordeum is a new Mediterranean cereal with nutritional, agronomical and organoleptic benefits. It has won the first prize in the category Sustainable Ingredient in the Sustainable Food Awards 2018 by Ecovia Intelligence.

 


Acrylamide: New requirements for minimization

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26.04.2018 Leo Frühschütz

The new EU Acrylamide Regulation came into force in April. The new regulation aims at a further reduction of the harmful substance, which is mainly found in fried, roasted and baked products and is considered carcinogenic in animal experiments.


China submits new maximum residue limits for pesticides in food to the WTO

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03.04.2018 Editor

As we can see from the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report by the American Department of Agriculture (USDA), the People's Republic of China has recently submitted an extensive list of pesticides with corresponding maximum residue limits (MRLs) to the the World Trade Organization (WTO). 


EU: No decision on neonicotinoids

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23.03.2018 Editor

Although it is high time to impose an immediate ban on the three insecticides clothianidine, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, the Member States are pushing for a decision. And Germany plays an inglorious role in this.


Italy: the organic farming and social network Humus introduced

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15.02.2018 Editor

At Biofach Humus, the farming and social network for Italian organic agriculture, for quality, sustainability, and responsibility has been introduced. Join the presentaion today at 6 pm at Hall 4 Booth 361 – 469.


USA: The Organic Coup opens new location in Seattle

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17.01.2018 Editor

The first USDA certified organic restaurant chain The Organic Coup will open another branch in Seattle’s Columbia Tower next month and a food truck is planned for the Microsoft campus.


48% of British foods contain pesticide residue

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01.01.2018 Editor

A report analysing 3,448 samples of British produce has found traces of pesticides on 48 per cent of them. The data was released by the Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) as part of their annual report.


PAN Europe: the European Court’s chance to revolutionize EU pesticide policy

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21.11.2017 Editor

In October, the European Court of Justice received four prejudicial questions related to the lack of reliability of the current pesticide risk assessment of EU by the French tribunal of Foix. As the debate about glyphosate raises identical issues, this is a prevailing problematic. According to PAN Europe, there’s a chance that the safety of citizens and the environment within the EU gets improved as a result of the European Court’s answers to the questions.


Denmark: catering and off-trade sales at least 30% organic

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20.11.2017 Editor

At a dialogue event in Hamburg, organized by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council and the consultancy a’verdis, about 60 participants learned that in Denmark, the off-trade catering market has become the most important grow engine for organic food. In line with the event’s main focus, Kenneth Højgaard, Carmen I. Calverley and Bente Sloth gave an overview of the Danish off-trade catering market.


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