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Titanium dioxide: a dangerous substance?

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14.08.2017 Editor

The discussion around nanoparticles and their effect is currently somewhat overshadowed by other issues, but researchers are  trying to bring more transparency to the impact of various nanomaterials.

Nanoscale particles of anti-caking agent cause damage

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11.08.2017 Editor

The additive silicium dioxide E 551 is used as an anti-caking agent in dry food so that, for example, powdered soup or spices stay free-flowing. Silicium dioxide has been considered safe.

Databases to combat organic fraud

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08.08.2017 Leo Frühschütz

Organic controls – that often means a lot of physical paperwork and the difficult exchange of information across borders. Added to this are impenetrable trade flows. Databases could be the remedy – and make life difficult for potential fraudsters. The Organic Integrity Platform (OIP) is now mandatory for cereals in Italy. The OIP could be a model for other countries.  

Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference looks at packaging

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08.08.2017 Editor

How should natural and organic cosmetics be packaged? With a view towards the environment and digitalization, says the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference that will be held September 26-27, 2017, at the Hotel Ellington in Berlin.

TRACES: electronic certification for organic imports to prevent fraud

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02.08.2017 Editor

Since April 2017 a new electronic certification system called TRACES (Trade Control & Export System) has been operating in the EU. It will improve the monitoring of organic products  imported into the EU from third countries.                 

Brazil: Natura acquires The Body Shop

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01.08.2017 Editor

Brazil´s biggest company for phyto and natural cosmetics Natura Cosmeticos is acquiring the British cosmetics cpmpany The Body Shop owned by L´Oréal for 1 bilion Euro.


EU: risks involved in the authorisation of stevia

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28.07.2017 Editor

As the University of Hohenheim reports, the EU Commission has authorised new uses of the natural sweetener stevia. Hitherto only steviol glycoside, not the natural stevia leaves, was approved for use as a calorie-free sweetener in food and beverages.

India: FSSAI issues draft regulations for organic food products

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25.07.2017 Editor

Seeking to ensure that organic food products really are organic, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released a draft regulation for organic food.

UK: Holland & Barrett has been acquired

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24.07.2017 Editor

We learn from The Guardian that the market leader in the UK health and wellness retail market, Holland & Barrett, has been acquired for £1.8bn by a retail investment fund controlled by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman.

Ecovia: Latin American Summit tackles food fraud & ethical sourcing

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21.07.2017 Editor

The Latin American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will focus on food fraud, ethical sourcing, and sustainable ingredients. Organized by Ecovia Intelligence the executive summit will take place in São Paulo on 18-20th September.

Ukraine: register for Anti Fraud Initiative Conference

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20.07.2017 Editor

The Anti Fraud Initiative (AFI) in collaboration with IFOAM invites for the conference “Improving Integrity of Organic Supply Chains” in Odesa (Ukraine) on 21-22 September 2017.

EU Organic regulation: compromise taken off the agenda of the EU Agriculture Ministers’ meeting

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19.07.2017 Editor

According to IFOAM EU Group in Brussels,the expected provisional endorsement on the outcomes of last trilogue was taken off the agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 18 July 2017. This is seen as a chance to make the text workable.

Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference: Focusing on Asian cosmetics markets

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18.07.2017 Editor

Pacific Asia is, after Europe, the second largest market for cosmetics, a market particularly characterized by its dynamics. Beauty brands and products from Asia have become well-known and available beyond their own borders.

EU: environmental footprint stated on food

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17.07.2017 Editor

By 2020 at the latest uniform labelling across the whole of Europe will provide information about the environmental impact of food items.

FiBL Europe celebrates its opening

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14.07.2017 Editor

The leading research institute in organic agriculture, FiBL, inaugurated its new office in Brussels. It builds a bridge between FiBL’s sound scientific knowledge on organic farming and the policy-making processes taking place in Brussels.

EY pilot study: "True Cost Accounting"

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05.07.2017 Editor

Accountants Ernst & Young (EY) and sustainability consultant Soil & More have developed a method for small and medium size businesses in the organic industry to calculate these unseen costs with the help of a practical dashboard.

EU: Council agrees on draft of a new organic regulation

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29.06.2017 Editor

DG Agri (EU) in Brussels explains that new rules were informally agreed by Council′ negotiators in the final trilogue yesterday.

Poland: The Charter for Real Food and Farming

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28.06.2017 Editor

On June 13th 2017, a group of determined individuals came together to support "The Charter for Real Food and Farming", whose special launch took place in the  President's Palace, in Warsaw (Belweder).

ECJ judgement: the term “soya milk” no longer allowed

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27.06.2017 Editor

It is no longer permitted to market products of purely plant origin by using words like milk or cheese. That was the decision of the European Court in Luxembourg.

IFOAM European Organic Congress in Estonia

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22.06.2017 Editor

The 11th IFOAM EU Organic Congress from 5 -7 September 2017 in Tallinn will look at how stakeholders and policymakers can work together to reach the European Organic Vision 2030, with the launch of a roadmap.

Organic Processing and Trade Association “OPTA” established

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13.06.2017 Editor

The Organic Processing and Trade Association (OPTA) was founded in Milano on June 7th 2017 by active processors and traders working toward an organic sustainable food system in Europe.

IFOAM EU: Organic regulation review – risk of a bad deal

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13.06.2017 Editor

Yesterday’s meeting of the Council of Agriculture Ministers did not change the opinion of the organic sector on the current draft text for a new organic regulation. As no new content has been presented, IFOAM EU and others still question the real added value and the technical soundness of the proposal.

EU organic regulation negotiations: time for a change

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13.06.2017 Editor

In a common statement ahead of the upcoming debate at the Council of Agriculture Ministers of 12 June, the Organic (IFOAM) and Fair Trade movements (FTAO) and Organic Certifiers (EOCC) announce the need of alternative approaches.  

France: new Minister for Organic Conversion

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07.06.2017 Editor

The minister responsible for agriculture in the cabinet of new French President, Emmanuel Macron, is on the side of organic. Macron appointed Jacques Mezard as Minister of Agriculture, a man committed to the environment and an opponent of genetic engineering. Nicolas Hulot will be the Minister for Organic Conversion.

Takeover of Monsanto forces Bayer to sell assets

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30.05.2017 Editor

From media reports we learn that, in order to get the green light from the cartel authorities for mega merger by the end of the year, the German corporation Bayer must divest a part of its plant protection business.

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