Regulation, policy & food safety

A report by a coalition of leading retailers has found both positive and disappointing progress in the cocoa sector. Pic: GettyImages

Just how ready is the cocoa sector for EUDR?

By Gill Hyslop

Despite a deadline that is still seven months away, the incoming EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) is already driving efforts on the traceability of cocoa supplies. Conversely, the same study found a distinct lack of progress on other critical issues...

How the EU elections are expected to impact snack producers

How the EU elections are expected to impact snack producers

By Gill Hyslop

We catch up with Sebastian Emig, director general of the European Snacks Association (ESA) to find out why he is excited about the upcoming elections for the new European Parliament. He also talks about the Green Deal and SNACKEX 2024: an event not to...

The commercialization of gene-edited wheat in China will secure its food security. Pic: GettyImages/Ackert Bueckert

China approves safety of gene-edited wheat

By Gill Hyslop

The Chinese government has granted approval for the production of the country’s inaugural gene-edited wheat variety, a significant step towards the commercialization of genetically modified (GM) food crops.

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Should bread be tarnished with the derogatory UPF brush?

By Gill Hyslop

Ultra processed foods (UPFs) are a hot topic, especially on Capitol Hill, which is following the popular stance that they are typically low in nutritional quality, more prevalent in low income societies and associated with a slightly higher mortality...

ABA's 2024-26 Board of Directors is comprised of industry leaders. Pic: GettyImages/Annasmithphoto

The heavyweight industry veterans who make up the ABA’s new Board

By Gill Hyslop

The American Baking Association’s (ABA) new Board of Directors is comprised of industry veterans from the many facets of the baking business – including BBU, Flower Foods, Richmond Baking, H-E-B and others – positioning it in a strength of power to grow,...

How much freedom should cows have? Image Source: Getty Images/DaydreamsGirl

How much time should dairy cows spend outside?

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

To have a fulfilling life, cows arguably must be allowed outside. But what constitutes a ‘free-range’ cow is ambiguous. For optimum welfare, farmers must balance time outdoors and time indoors.

Should vanilla production be stopped? GettyImages/Diana Miller

Should vanilla production be stopped?

By Donna Eastlake

Vanilla is one of the most common flavours for sweet treats around the world. But is the farming of this much-loved spice sustainable? And, if not, should we be consuming it at all?

The European Union's deforestation regulation is set to come into force on 31 December 2024. Pic: WCF

EUDR

European Union to delay ‘high risk’ element of deforestation bill

By Anthony Myers

The European Union (EU) has signalled its intent to delay the most controversial parts of its anti-deforestation regulation (EUDR) after protests by governments in Asia, Africa, and Latin America described the low, standard, or high-risk benchmarking...

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ABA updates bylaws

By Gill Hyslop

The updated organizational governance underscores the American Bakers Association’s (ABA) commitment to advancing the interests of its members through procedural best practices and transparent processes.

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Assessing safety of food additives from state to the national levels

By Deniz Ataman

The recent passage of the California Food Safety Act, which bans several food additives in the state, created a template for other states to introduce similar legislation, warn food toxicologists Craig Llewellyn and James Coughlin during a recent webinar...

Shark Tank star Daymond John is among the lineup. Pic: SNAC International/GettyImages

Pulling out all the stops to address the hottest topics in snacks

By Gill Hyslop

Industry veteran Martin Otto and founder of FUBU and star of Shark Tank Daymond John are among the SNX 2024 speakers who will focus on industry trends, how to make it in an increasingly crowded space, artificial intelligence, the regulatory landscape...

High levels of a 'dangerous' agricultural chemical has been found in breakfast products marketed to children. Pic: GettyImages/bymuratedniz

How much chlormequat does your breakfast cereal contain?

By Gill Hyslop

A study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has brought a lesser-known chemical into the spotlight – used by the agricultural industry to optimise yield and harvest – but it comes with a warning.

As the clock ticks on the application of the EUDR, there were still plenty of unanswered questions in Amsterdam surrounding its guidelines. Pic: WCF

WCF Partnership Meeting 2024

How ready is the EU Commission to implement its deforestation regulation?

By Anthony Myers

Apart from farmer income/poverty, the most discussed topic on day one of the World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting in Amsterdam was the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) that will be implemented at the end of this year.

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