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Campaigners demand Brexit protection of EU laws

Campaign groups have welcomed a government commitment to bring current EU environmental protections into UK law but called for more detail on how such laws would be upheld and enforced post-Brexit. Last week the UK government published its Brexit white paper in which it stated that “we will use the Great Repeal Bill to bring…
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Acrylamide: a hot potato for the EU

Commissioners are trying to untangle a messy situation regarding rules for the food contaminant – and neither industry nor health campaigners are happy. The European Commission wants to introduce new regulations to reduce levels of acrylamide in certain foods. The food industry has been pretty happy with the proposals so far, but critics have said…
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Glyphosate, the world’s leading weedkiller

The herbicide plays a key role in modern farming but the EU is under growing pressure to ban it amid claims it causes cancer. What is glyphosate? Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used herbicide (weedkiller), not least because it’s so effective. The substance has become a mainstay of modern agriculture and its popularity has…
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MEPs back glyphosate

MEPs have defied a majority of Europeans who want to see the herbicide glyphosate banned in agriculture by voting in favour of its reauthorisation. The non-binding resolution was passed on Wednesday and represents a victory for farmers’ groups who have campaigned against restrictions on the use of glyphosate. However, the resolution comes with the caveats…
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Safety concerns intensify over bacterial resistance

Bacteria are fighting back and it’s got the European Food Safety Authority in a sweat. The findings of the latest annual Europe-wide report by EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) “underline again that antimicrobial resistance poses a serious risk to human and animal health”, reads a statement on the authority’s website.…
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News review

Kids’ meals league table Jamie’s Italian has come top of the class in the Soil Association’s latest assessment of the food available to children in 21 of the high street’s leading restaurant chains. The company scored 64 out of 80; however only four other outlets scored more than half marks: Harvester, Giraffe, Wetherspoons and Wagamama.…
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EFSA completes full risk assessment on aspartame

ASPARTAME AND its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure, EFSA concludes in its first full risk assessment of this sweetener. To carry out its risk assessment, EFSA has undertaken a rigorous review of all available scientific research on aspartame and its breakdown products, including both animal and human studies.…
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