France to introduce penalty system for packaging made of non-recycled plastics

FRANCE - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic. The project is part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official told Euractiv. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said…

EU and Eastern Europe drought causes damage to wheat, maize and barley crops

EUROPE - The drought in many regions of the European Union and Eastern Europe has caused significant damage to wheat, maize and barley crops, according to FAO of the United Nations. FoodingredientsFirst reported that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that the prices of these crops could remain under upward…

BASF launches HMO ingredient as it gears up for competition in infant formula

GERMANY - BASF plans to launch a human milk oligosaccharide ingredient 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL) by early 2019, accelerating its presence in infant formula even as manufacturers upgrade to large scale production to meet consumer demand. 2’-FL was developed in-house using a specific HMO fermentation strain and is said to be beneficial to infant gut microbiota and…

FAO commits to supporting and improving fisheries sector in Liberia

LIBERIA - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has pledged support and ensure improvement of the fisheries sector in Liberia, according to the NEWS. FAO will provide the needed logistical support to ensure overall transformation and improvement of the Liberian Fisheries Sector. This is geared towards economic empowerment in Liberia with…

EFSA to consider limits for kaurenoic acid, an impurity found in stevia

EUROPE - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering a recommendation to the European Union to set limits for the kaurenoic acid (KA), an impurity found in stevia, a sweetener and sugar substitute. Last month, EFSA held a technical meeting with representatives from Cargill, International Stevia Council (ISC), Pure Circle, Coca Cola, Sweegen and…

EU invests US$2.37m in cashewnut project in Kenya to revive the industry

KENYA - The European Union has launched a US$2.37 million cashewnut and sesame value chain project to revive the ailing industry after the collapse of the sole processor at the Kenyan Coast, Kenya Cashewnuts Factory. Revival of the new factory, now under the management of the Millennium Nuts Company, brings hope for 15,000 farmers in…

EU offers possible counter-measures to Trump’s metal tariffs

EU - The European Union has issued a list of possible measures in retaliation against US’s metal tariffs which came into effect 1 June unless Trump administration shuns away from the trade war which threatens the economies of both the countries. According to FoodIngredientsFirst, the EU has pledged to implement the retaliatory measures and seek…

Kenyan mango juice processor receives US$1.09m in funding from EU

KENYA - The European Union has extended US$1.09 million funding to Makueni County for a mango juice processor, Kalamba Fruit Processing plant, following an agreement between the Kenyan government and the EU. According to Business Daily, this agreement involves funding economic projects across 15 counties under the Instrument for Devolution Advice and Support (IDEAS) programme.…

EU bans ‘dual food’ to restrict sale of low quality food

EU - The European Union has issued a directive to ban ‘dual food’ to tackle the issue of known brands selling its food products of lower quality in some markets in the EU. The commission is set to provide a methodology for testing multinational brands to help identify the real culprits when they try to…

EU proposes new rules to tame unfair trading practices in food supply chain

EUROPE - The EU has come up with a number of proposals that aims to tackle unfair trading practices and ensure small and medium-sized food and farming businesses are treated fairly. The food supply chain has been marred with unfair trading practices especially against smaller food operators and farmers who are said to lack bargaining…