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Brexit as an opportunity – for what?

On Nov 1st 2018 food experts gathered in London to discuss the impact of Brexit on the food system. Obviously a clear vision or strategy is still missing, while the Brits are losing confidence.

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Considerations on entomophagy

Entomophagy could probably help to make the supply of animal protein to humans more sustainable. Research suggests that insects can suffer or even feel pain. Basic principles of animal welfare should therefore be observed in industrial breeding.

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A Global View on Food Fraud

Food fraud must be tackled more efficiently. A higher probability of being detected and support for smaller manufacturers could possibly help.

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Meat Atlas: Labelling according to animal welfare criteria is possible

4th “Meat Atlas” published For the fourth time, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation and , in cooperation with Le Monde diplomatique, have published a “Meat Atlas”. Anyone who has already dealt with the subject knows that our meat consumption is too high. The report underpins this with impressive facts and figures and also […]

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Still a lot of work ahead

The New Food Magazine hosted a Food Fraud Conference in London, chaired by Professor Chris Elliott. Progress has been made since the horsemeat scandal, but there is still a lot of work to do.

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Insect Burgers are coming

Keeping insects seems to be a promising way to cover the human needs for animal proteins. It is sustainable, does not violate the principles of animal welfare and is part of a healthy diet.

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Consumer protection in Europe

Only a few interested people and organisations from the member states did comment on the draft of the regulation on acrylamide in foodstuffs.

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Acrylamide: Introduction of Benchmarks

The Commission suggests benchmarks as central element of the draft regulation on acrylamide in foodstuffs. The benchmarks are high. Producers are requested to explain why their products exceed the benchmarks. But it remains unclear whether sanctions will ensue.

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Society’s ways of dealing with risks

In 1994 Acrylamide was assessed as “probably carcinogenic” by IARC. When in 2002 the substance was found in foodstuffs, plenty ressources were spent to learn more about risk and mitigation measures. More than ten years later there are hardly any new findings related to the risk. It is possible to reduce the acrylamide contents in many products, but there is no evidence for a reduction. Risk governance took place hidden from the public gaze. Consumers were not involved and international guidelines on risk governance were waived. A risk council could have ensured a more systematic approach.

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Sugar tax needed?

For many months in many countries a heated debate about sugar tax has been ongoing. Considering rising cases of obesity and diabetes, political action is required. Sugar tax seems to be the only effective measure.

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What is a “food scandal”?

On this website the term „food scandal“ is not used without quotation marks. We use it to describe grievances related to food, but real scandals might occur in the political sphere.

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How relevant is “probably carcinogenic”?

If, according to scientific conventions, IARC assesses a substance as “probably carcinogenic” to humans, experts normally do not question its carcinogenicity for humans.

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Acrylamide: Regulation upcoming?

All risk assessments on acrylamide in foodstuffs come to the conclusion that the substance is carcinogenic and a concern for humans. Now, the European Commission is planning to intervene.

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Acrylamide: No more research needed

A lot of research related to acrylamide in foodstuffs was initiated, but the risk for humans can still not exactly be determined. How does the story go on after EFSA’s latest risk assessment?