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The EU is Mercosur's (Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina) second-largest trading partner, second only to China. Image: Getty/Adam Gault

‘No time to lose’: EU urged to conclude Mercosur trade talks

By Teodora Lyubomirova

A total of 23 trade bodies have called for the swift approval of the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement, which will make it easier to export EU agri-food products including key dairy commodities to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and vice versa.

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Europe pledges to make beverage packaging fully circular by 2030

By Rachel Arthur

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, a trade organization representing the non-alcoholic beverage sector, has set targets for European beverage packaging to be fully circular by 2030. This will be achieved by using rPET, refillable bottles, and boosting collection...

Irish Whiskey is on the list of European GIs protected in China. Pic:getty/vincent20044

EU and China agree GI protection for 200 products

By Rachel Arthur

The EU and China have concluded negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China; and 100 Chinese Geographical Indications in the EU.

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.

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Aldi Champagne sorbet can keep its sparkle, ECJ rules

By Niamh Michail

German hard discounter Aldi was not taking unfair advantage of the denomination Champagne when it sold a sorbet containing origin-protected Champagne, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.

Nestlé looks beyond its own factories in support of a circular economy ©Droits d'auteur/iStock

Nestlé calls for partnerships on circular economy

By Katy Askew

Swiss food giant Nestlé is calling for a more collaborative approach between the public and private sectors to develop a circular economy as it works to meet its 2030 environmental impact targets.

©iStock/FamVeld. The move expands the ban from just polycarbonate infant feeding bottles

EU bans BPA in packaging for 0-3 year olds

By Joseph James Whitworth

The European Commission has tightened the rules around bisphenol A (BPA) by banning it in the manufacture of packaging for infants and young children 0-3 years.

MEP sounds isoglucose health warning as EU quotas end

MEP sounds isoglucose health warning as EU quotas end

By Niamh Michail

At the end of the month, the EU sugar regime will end, liberalising the market after nearly 50 years of production quotas. But one MEP is questioning whether the Commission has considered the impact on Europeans’ health as manufacturers switch to isoglucose.

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Estonia gives green light to tax sugared soft drinks

By Will Chu

The Estonian Parliament are to introduce a levy to limit the consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks to try to rein in rising cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Whisky and salmon are the biggest Scottish exports (by value). Pic:iStock/ronniechua

Scotch whisky exports rise

By Rachel Arthur

Scotch whisky exports increased by £79m ($100m) in the first quarter of 2017, coming in as one of the top two UK export products by value, along with Scottish salmon. 

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Diageo to cut 100 jobs in Scotland

By Rachel Arthur

Diageo will make redundancies at its Leven and Shieldhall sites in Scotland as it moves some production to Italy and the US. In response, union GMB Scotland has accused the UK government of ‘gross betrayal’ of workers, having previously called on the...