The Court of Justice argued that none of the objections shows a manifest error of assessment by the EU legislator which would be capable of affecting the validity of Regulation 1107/2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market.
The producer was fined 250,000 euro and the broadcaster was fined with 40,000 euro for repeatedly showing the advertisement making unfounded product claims.
The novel food authorisation for bovine milk basic whey protein isolate is extended for use in FSMP and food supplements destined for infants.
The UK authorities have announced the introduction of new rules on allergen labelling of foods that are packed at the sellers premises for direct sale.
The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found a number of claims for a chocolate named esthechoc to breach the rules on the use of nutrition and health claims.
The Italian Ministry of Health introduces precautions for the use of plant preparations and extracts derived from the Curcuma genus. It will be required to include in the labelling of curcuma containing preparations that in case of liver conditions, or conditions related to the biliary or the biliary tract or in case of calculosis the use of the product is not recommended. In the event of concomitant use of medicines, it is advised to consult a doctor.
The European association for the promotion of insect foods, IPFF (International Platform of Insects for Food and Fee) has published an extensive guidance document covering the labelling requirements applicable to insect foods.
A recent Norwegian amending act creates additional rules on the addition of vitamins and minerals and the use of other substances in foods. The positive list of permitted other substances is also applicable to use in food supplements. The amendment makes that Norway is taking a stricter approach on the addition of vitamins and minerals to foods than the general European Union approach.
An amendment to the Dutch Commodities Act Decree on Herbal Preparations (Dutch: Warenwetbesluit Kruidenpreparaten) introduces additional restrictions for the use of herbal preparations. Firstly, it adds a number of toxic compounds that herbal preparations may not contain such as scopolamine and their derivates. Further the amendment inserts Aconitum carmichaelii, Aconitum kusnezoffii and Pilocarpus jaborandi to the list of restricted plants.
As part of investigating quality differences for similar products among European countries, the Commission has published a study which compared products in terms of composition and their presentation.
The Dutch Advertising Code Commission (in Dutch; Reclame Code Commissie) found the indication “vanilla” on front of pack to be misleading considering the product at stake does not contain natural vanilla.
In its judgment of 2 May 2019, the European Court of Justice has ruled that images or illustrations which trigger association with a certain region or area can be part of the protection of a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) or a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).
The health logo, more commonly known as Nutriscore, developped by the French authorities to provide a ranking to foods in terms of their relative nutritional quality has been restricted by the district court of Hamburg in Germany.
The Commission has adopted the Regulation restricting the presence of trans fat in foods. The prohibition applies to foods intended to be sold to final consumers as well as food intended for supply to retail.
The European Commission has published the list of generic descriptors which are excluded from the scope of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation 1924/2006.
The new regulation on the mutual recognition of goods lawfully marketed in another Member State (Regulation 2019/515) has been published introducing several measures to strengthen the application of the fundamental EU principle.
A recent report advises against the consumption of food supplements containing glutamine and/or chondroitin sulfate for certain population groups.
The UK Advertisement Standards Authority found a recent Kellog’s advertisement to exaggerate the meaning of an authorized claim relating folate to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.
The European Court of Justice ruled that halal meat cannot bear the EU organic farming logo. The Court has taken the stance ritual slaughter – as opposed to slaughter with pre-stunning – ‘does not allow the animal’s suffering to be kept to a minimum’.
In the view of the UK advertising body ASA, claiming a health benefit is immediate may exceed the flexibility to an approved health claim
Following the fitness check of the General Food Law Regulation (completed on 15 January 2018, see executive summary) and a European Citizens Initiative to ban the use of glyphosate, the European Commission has presented a proposal to strengthen the core of EU Food Law to the European Parliament and the Council.
On January 15, 2019 the European Commission decided to modify the entries relating to “Cannabis sativa” and “CBD” in the EU’s “Novel Food Catalogue”, making it more difficult for products with cannabinoids to enter the EU market without a pre-market approval as novel foods according to Regulation 2015/2283.
On 27 December the Spanish Royal Decree regulating the notification of foods for specific population groups was published in the official national bulletin
Three foods can be added to the food inventory of European producers and consumers. The decorticated grains of Digitaria exilis, berries of Lonicera caerulea L. and syrup from Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench have received authorization for general consumption under the novel food Regulation (Regulation 2015/2283).
The European Food and Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found that orthosilicic acid-vanillin complex (OSA-VC) is safe for use as an ingredient in food supplements at the proposed uses. T
Following a claim by a Dutch producer of a particular cheese named “Heksenkaas” the European Court of Justice was asked whether the taste of a food can be granted protection by a copyright. To that purpose the Court had to consider whether a taste could be considered a “work” in the sense of Directive 2001/29 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.