News : Regulation, Food & Health

The EU Commission has revised the definition of nanomaterial

On 10 June 2022, the EU Commission published a recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial. This recommendation clarifies the definition adopted by the European Commission in 2011 (Recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial 2011/696/EU).

EFSA establishes the safety of an additional insect species as Novel Food

Alphitobius diaperinus larvae may soon be on our plates!

The safety of cannabidiol as a Novel Food in EU: data gaps and uncertainties

On 28 June 2022, a webinar information session was held to present the recently published EFSA “Statement on safety of cannabidiol as a novel food: data gaps and uncertainties” to stakeholders.

Prohibition of use of the words “steacks”, “burgers”, etc … to designate the plant based substitutes in France

The decree of the Official Journal (OFJR) “Laws and Decrees” n° 0150 of June 30, 2022 will prohibit from October 1, 2022 “the terminology specific to the sectors traditionally associated with meat and fish to designate products not belonging to the animal Kingdom”. However, it allows the marketing of “foodstuffs manufactured or labeled” before this date (October 1) until December 31, 2023 at the latest.

Nutri-Score in Romania: senators reject it and ask for a new food labeling

USR Constanța senator Remus Negoi gave a speech in the Senate plenary session regarding the legislative initiative of USR deputy Adrian Wiener, concerning voluntary nutrition labeling “Nutri-Score and the importance of a healthy diet.

Monacolins from red yeast rice: new restrictions

The conditions of use of the ingredient are now set by Regulation (EU) 2022/860.

Environmental labelling scheme in France: the Planet-score

On Tuesday, May 31 the NatExpo team organized a webinar-debate on nutrition labeling and environmental labelling schemes. The five speakers were: Florence Roublot (Natexpo), Emmanuel Fournet (NielsenIQ) as moderator, Sabine Bonnot (Institut de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation biologiques – ITAB, Institute of Organic Agriculture and Food), Sybile Chapron (Nature et Aliments), and Vincent Colomb (Agence de la transition écologique – ADEME, Agency of Ecological Transition).

Microbiota analysis for risk assessment

The EFSA published on May 2022 an article related to the project  “Microbiota analysis for risk assessment: evaluation of hazardous dietary substances and its potential role on the gut microbiome variability and dysbiosis in a special issue dedicated to the European Food Risk assessment (EU-FOR A) program.

EFSA published the definitive version of its advice on nutrient profiling: the next steps are up to the Commission

The publication of the advice follows the public consultation to which the draft, endorsed in October 2021, had been submitted.

The prospects of insects as food and feed and the impact of Brexit at the core of the Royal Entomological Society’s latest conference

The conference was held on April 26th and 27th, and hosted a series of high caliber speakers

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