Food safety

Titanium dioxide nanoparticles.  © GettyImages/Dr Microbe

France looks set to ban titanium dioxide

By Niamh Michail

As France looks poised to ban titanium dioxide by the end of 2018, the government has praised “pioneering” manufacturers for voluntarily removing the colouring from food products.

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EFSA in radical transparency overhaul

By Niamh Michail

In a radical revamp of its risk assessment process, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) could publish confidential data if deemed essential to protecting public health, according to draft rules aimed at boosting transparency and trust in science.

Stevia, listed as E 960 in Europe, is made by extracting the sweet-tasting molecules from the stevia plant. © iStock/zeleno

PureCircle plays down EU stevia stumbling block

By Niamh Michail

Malaysian supplier PureCircle must provide more data to prove the safety of both minor steviol glycosides and glucosylated stevia, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in two separate opinions.

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EU auditors to scrutinise organic food supply chain

By Will Chu

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is to carry out an audit of organic food in the EU in response to growing retail sales within the sector that leaves the industry open to fraudulent organic claims.

Blockchain is evolving to become less energy dependent, say proponents. © GettyImages/iLexx

Can blockchain make our food system more sustainable?

By Niamh Michail

Proponents of blockchain say it can make our food system more sustainable from farm to fork. But when Bitcoin alone is said to use more energy than Ireland annually, is there a fundamental chink in its armour?

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Brexit report calls for food industry support

By Niamh Michail

The UK government must start investing in measures to support the food and farming sectors in case it fails to secure a free trade agreement with the EU, a parliamentary committee has warned.