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Brexit? No way say hospitality bosses

Almost three quarters (74%) of hospitality bosses will vote to remain in the EU given that membership of the bloc “suits the nature of many businesses in the sector”. The survey, carried out as part of the “Leading through complexity” report, published by the British Hospitality Association and search firm Heidrick & Struggles, also showed…
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Will EU plans hold water?

As governments across Europe struggle with shortages, Brussels hopes to boost use of wastewater to irrigate crops. But are consumers ready, asks Valerie Flynn. As the warm summer months arrive, ask yourself this: would you eat food grown on land that had been irrigated with treated wastewater? It’s a question that governments across Europe will…
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Brexit could break the environment

Leaving the EU would create “identifiable and substantial risks to the UK’s future environmental ambitions”, according to an analysis published by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). The research, commissioned by WWF-UK, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts, suggests that membership of the EU has had a positive impact on the UK’s environment. Directives passed…
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Education can cut energy drink consumption

Kids are crazy about caffeine. Nearly half (45%) of teenagers drink caffeinated drinks one to six times per week. More than one in 10 (11%) have one of the beverages every day. The research, by Brescia University College in Canada, chimes with European studies: in 2013 the European Food safety Authority found that the group…
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Europe to come down hard on unhealthy food

It might be a case of too little, too late. A voluntary reformulation plan to push healthier food and reduce intake of ingredients like salt and sugar was endorsed by member states and the food industry this week. The “roadmap for action on food product improvement” is light on detail and is unlikely to keep…
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Food fraud three years on

PROFESSOR CHRIS Elliott, a long-time food safety specialist who headed up the horsemeat investigation, has spoken to the Guardian this week about the progress made since the horsemeat scandal, and the dangers that remain.                   He says the scandal has made businesses much more aware of the…
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Palm oil progress uncertain

UK IMPORTS OF sustainable palm oil may be as high as 93%, or as low as 72%, according to 2014 data released by DEFRA. The former figure is calculated from EU data, whilst the latter is from Oil World statistics. With a 100% by 2015 target, the department may well be inclined to go with…
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EU eyes food waste laws

THE EU’S circular economy package could include new rules to ensure more unwanted food is diverted to charities for redistribution. All member states may also have to closely monitor food waste as levels hit 100 million tonnes. The proposals are contained within a document leaked from Brussels. ENDS Europe suggested the paper is “possibly from…
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Food waste survey results

WELL OVER three quarters (81%) of European shoppers check “use by” and “best before” dates on food, but less than half of them (40% and 47% respectively) understand the meaning of the terms.   UK shoppers are among the best-informed in Europe, with 57% understanding the term “best before” compared to a 52% average. But…
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