Scotland says no to GMOs

In a move that has garnered praise from environmentalists and sharp criticism from farmers, Scotland announced Sunday that it would move to ban the growing of genetically modified crops throughout the country.

“Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment — and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance […]

Why do Americans refrigerate their eggs?

If you live in North America, you’re probably used to finding your eggs next to the milk in refrigerated containers and behind glass doors in the supermarket. But if you live in, or have ever traveled over to the United Kingdom (UK), you may be a little lost. Nestled somewhere in the aisles amongst other […]

Are beans and peas for the birds?

A controversial battle is brewing in England between wildlife campaigners, farmers and the European Union (EU) government. The debate: assist nature, or plant more crops?

Originally, grant funds from the EU were aimed towards supporting wild plants and animals in the English countryside. Now, the funds are being handed to farmers to grow beans and […]

European Union prepares for changes to food labels

On the heels of proposed changes to U.S. food labels from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comes changes to the European Union (EU) food regulations.

The changes aren’t new regulations, but requirements of laws that are going to finally come into effect this year. EU Regulation 1169/2011, was originally proposed in late January 2008, […]

What you need to know this week

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EU to reassess food additives currently in use

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What is really in your food — and is it safe? This is something that many consumers have struggled with as food additives become more common in grocery store items. And while legislation in the European Union (EU) says that only those additives that have been through a full safety […]

U.K. moves to prevent counterfeit alcohol

A new plan in the United Kingdom (U.K.) will help assure consumers that the spirits they purchase actually are what they’re marketed as.

The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme aims to help protect the integrity of U.K.-made spirits, such as Scotch, from confusion with counterfeits or lower quality substitutions. Under the plan, HM Revenue & Customs […]

EU to implement new origin labeling

Beginning in 2015, the European Union (EU) will require origin labeling on certain meat products.

The measure, which was approved by a majority of member states in the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health last week, will require origin labels on chilled, frozen and fresh pork, poultry, sheep and goat meat. In addition […]

EU takes action on “legal highs”

Spice and other synthetic cannabinoids are on the rise in Europe. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

In response to increasing reports of new psychoactive drugs entering the market, the European Union this week moved to revamp its system to respond more quickly.

On Tuesday, the European Commission (EC) proposed new procedures […]

EU report: Less than 5 percent of samples contain horse meat

Less than 5 percent of food samples tested in a European Union (EU)-wide program contained traces of horse meat, the EU reported today.

About 0.5 percent of the horse samples tested contained phenylbutazone, or bute, an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat pain. Its use is not permitted in animals destined for human consumption because of […]