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March plenary: safe food, melting ice caps and a prejudice that won’t go away

Plenary Session External/international trade / Environment / Food safety17-03-2017 - 11:03
 

Modern threats and ancient prejudices dominated Parliament’s March 2017 plenary session. The need to ensure that our food is safe was debated as were the threats and opportunities of melting polar ice. At the same time, the inequality still facing women in the workplace was underlined and an MEP who berated women punished, while most MEPs called on Europe to step in and replace the funds the United States is withdrawing from NGOs offering abortions in developing countries. (Read more: March plenary: safe food, melting ice caps and a prejudice that won’t go away )

 

Tougher food inspections from farm to fork

Plenary Session Food safety15-03-2017 - 12:34
Prodotti tipici della Cucina Sarda  

Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, were adopted by Parliament on Wednesday. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain. (Read more: Tougher food inspections from farm to fork )

 

From farm to fork: strengthening food checks in Europe

Plenary Session Food safety14-03-2017 - 16:29
 

Consumers are entitled to know that the food they buy and eat is safe, however food fraud cases such as the 2013 horsemeat scandal show that is not always the case. On Wednesday 15 March MEPs adopted new rules to tighten up official inspections throughout the food chain. We talked to Austrian S&D member Karin Kadenbach, the MEP responsible for steering the proposal through Parliament, about the benefits of the new legislation. (Read more: From farm to fork: strengthening food checks in Europe )

 

MEPs call for fast-track approval of low-risk pesticides

Plenary Session Public health / Food safety15-02-2017 - 14:38
Duster plane on agricultural field  

Low-risk biological pesticides, including those made from bio-organisms, pheromones or essential oils, could replace conventional ones that are suspected of harming the environment and human health. MEPs wonder why some member states hesitate or refuse to approve them and want the EU Commission to propose a revision of the rules to accelerate the approval process. (Read more: MEPs call for fast-track approval of low-risk pesticides )

 

MEPs call for EU limit on industrial trans fats in food

Plenary Session Food safety26-10-2016 - 14:07
trans fat illustration  

The EU should place mandatory limits on industrially-produced trans-fatty acids (TFA) which may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, infertility, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and obesity for consumers, says a resolution voted on Wednesday. TFA intake is mostly linked to consumption of industrially produced, partially hydrogenated oils. (Read more: MEPs call for EU limit on industrial trans fats in food )

 

Trans fats: five things to know ahead of this week's plenary vote

Plenary Session Food safety25-10-2016 - 09:51
Trans Fat label informations ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Industrial trans fats can be found in anything from fast food to bakery products, chips and margarine, however they can also prove bad for your health. Scientific research has linked heavy consumption of them with obesity, diabetes, infertility, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular diseases. MEPs vote this week on a resolution calling for limits on these artificially produced fats. (Read more: Trans fats: five things to know ahead of this week's plenary vote )

 

Health risks of materials in contact with food: tighter EU safety rules needed

Plenary Session Food safety06-10-2016 - 12:44

EU-wide safety rules are needed for more materials in contact with food, such as those used in packaging, kitchen utensils and tableware, say MEPs in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. They note that only some of these materials, such as plastics and ceramics, have been fully tested for safety for human health. Others, including varnishes and coatings, inks and adhesives, have yet to be fully tested. (Read more: Health risks of materials in contact with food: tighter EU safety rules needed )

 

Draft plans to tighten up official controls from farm to fork were informally agreed by food safety MEPs and the Dutch Presidency of the Council on Wednesday. It aims to guarantee that the food consumers buy and eat in Europe is safe and wholesome, hence improving consumer’s health and preventing food crises. (Read more: MEPs and ministers agree to beef up official food checks from farm to fork )

 

MEPs renew call for mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk

Plenary Session Public health / Food safety12-05-2016 - 13:08

Country of origin labelling should be made mandatory for meat and milk, MEPs reiterate once again in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. Mandatory labelling would help improve consumer confidence in food products by making the food supply chain more transparent, they say. (Read more: MEPs renew call for mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk )

 

MEPs reiterate call for mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk

ENVI Public health / Food safety22-03-2016 - 17:52

Food safety MEPs reiterated their support for introducing mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk, in a non-binding resolution voted on Tuesday. Mandatory labelling would help maintain consumer confidence in food products by making the food supply chain more transparent, they say. (Read more: MEPs reiterate call for mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk )