EU plans to make restrictions on pesticides

EUROPE - The European Commission plans to propose restrictions on use of neonicotinoid pesticides while in the amidst of a continuing tug of war between environmental groups and pesticide producers. Environmental NGOs have attacked agrochemicals and seeds producer, Syngenta, which is one of the main producers of thiamethoxam, a pesticide used to coat seeds before…

Australian alcohol consumption rises for the first time in 9 years

AUSTRALIA - Alcohol consumption is up in Australia for the first time in nine years, with the average person aged more than 15 consuming a combined total of 9.7 litres of pure alcohol in 2016, up from 9.52 litres in 2015, according to a new research revealed by IBISWorld. According to the findings, beer consumption…

Italy challenges the EU rules on food labelling

ITALY - Italy has challenged the requirements that specify the production site on the labels of transformed food products, which comes as a defiance of the EU’s food rules that unilaterally mandated country of origin on pasta and rice labels since August. According to the European Commission, an issue giving the opinion on Italy’s proposal…