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EC: 'We will now analyse China's decision and consider appropriate steps.'

No justification for China extending potato starch duties, says Starch Europe

By Niamh Michail

The European starch industry is “deeply disappointed” by the Chinese government’s decision to extend anti-subsidy duties against EU potato starch while the European Commission says it is considering appropriate steps to take.

Lotus Bakeries has withdrawn some of its products from Belgium supermarket shelves, found to contain small traces of fipronil from the use of contaminated eggs. Pic: ©iStock/studioaraminta

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Lotus Bakeries takes precautionary measures amid Fipronil scare

By Gill Hyslop

Indulgent and natural snack producer Lotus Bakeries has voluntarily recalled products that contain a slightly higher than recommended level of Fipronil from Belgium supermarket shelves, but says UK market is unaffected.

Health risk from pesticide residues is low, says EFSA

Health risk from pesticide residues is low, says EFSA

By Niamh Michail

The health risk from pesticide residues in food is low, according to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), with 97% of samples within legal limits - but this is an "upbeat" interpretation which ignores the cocktail effect, critics...

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European Parliament votes in favour of strict new palm oil measures

By Louis Gore-Langton

Today the European Parliament voted to implement tough new palm oil resolutions, which if enforced would see its elimination from use in biofuels and enforce stricter regulations on production and certification throughout the continent. 

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MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

By Louis Gore-Langton

EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to make the final decision.

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