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EU policy proposal cracks down on single use plastics

By Joseph James Whitworth

The European Commission has proposed rules to cut use of single use plastics including a ban on cutlery, straws and drink stirrers and reduced use of food containers and drinks cups.

EFSA's re-evaluation of BPA starts this year. Picture: iStock/splendens

MEPs back lower limits and not ban of BPA

By Joseph James Whitworth

A decision by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to lower and not ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging has been called ‘regrettable’ and a ‘missed opportunity’ by health groups.

The EC said the combined entity would own two thirds of plants in Europe. Picture: Ball Corp

Ball’s bid for Rexam hits EU competition hurdle

By Joseph James Whitworth

Ball Corporation’s $6.6bn (£4.3bn) proposed deal for Rexam is to be investigated by the European Commission after the agency said it had concerns it may reduce competition in the beverage can and aluminium bottle manufacturing industry.

Angelique Delahaye, MEP from the coservative European People's Party (EPP) said:

MEPs adopt EU alcohol resolution

By Niamh Michail

MEPs adopted a resolution on calorie content of alcoholic drinks yesterday, a move welcomed by industry and stakeholders across Europe who hope it will spur the Commission into legislating.

A new EU report suggests taxes on fat, sugar, or other unhealthy foods can help to reduce consumption levels. However the report also warns that the issues are complex and that such levies can have unexpected effects

'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work, says EU report

By Nathan Gray

Taxes imposed on sugary, salty or fatty foods do lead to reductions in consumption, says the European Commission in a new report. But higher taxes could also encourage consumers to simply go for cheaper products, it warns.

Packaging associations give their view on EU PEF pilot projects

In depth: Packaging associations comment on environmental performance pilots

Packaging to be addressed in EU environmental footprint projects

By Joseph James Whitworth

Packaging will form part of 11 food and beverage-based pilot projects starting next month to measure and communicate a products environmental performance.

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