Agenda: Codex Alimentarius Working Party (CCNFSDU) (24 November 2019)

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Event: Take Whole grain Seriously! Make your grains whole: for your and the planet’s health (Brussels, 19 November 2019)

Hosted by MEP Elsi Katainen & Whole Grain Initiative, the high-level meeting will consist of an interactive panel discussion moderated by Sue Saville, a  highly-experienced journalist specialised in health and well-being. A networking reception will follow the moderated discussion.

Agenda: EP AGRI Committee Meeting (18 November 2019)

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Press Release: Innovation needed to end food loss and global hunger

FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said today raising awareness, greater innovation – including digital technologies – and investment were needed to reduce food waste and eliminate global hunger. The Director-General gave the keynote speech to the Vatican’s Conference on Food Loss and Waste Reduction hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Rome. Pope Francis has described food waste as scandalous and called for urgent economic and social initiatives to end hunger.

Directive as regards better enforcement and modernisation of Union consumer protection rules

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Joint debate on the EU/USA Agreement on the Allocation of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for imports of high-quality beef (6 November 2019)

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Press Release: WHO guideline development group meeting – Efficacy, safety, and effectiveness of ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) with reduced milk-protein content

The World Health Organization (WHO) is committed to driving public health impact in every country ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. Through its unique normative function in health, WHO aims to provide global, evidence-informed recommendations on the efficacy, safety, and effectiveness of ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) with less than 50% of proteins coming from milk products compared to the ‘standard’ RUTF for treating uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition in children aged 6 months or older.

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1871 of 7 November 2019 on reference points for action for non-allowed pharmacologically active substances present in food of animal origin and repealing Decision 2005/34/EC

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1870 of 7 November 2019 amending and correcting Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of erucic acid and hydrocyanic acid in certain foodstuffs

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Presentation of the IPCC Special Reports on Climate Change and Land, and on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (6 November 2019)

A summary of the presentation of the reports is now available. 

OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI Committee – Exchange of views with Commission representatives (DG AGRI, DG COMP and DG TRADE) on the long-term prospects for the European beef sector (5 November 2019)

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Call for proposals: Information measures relating to the Common Agricultural Policy

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Call for Tenders: Service contract for mapping of fiscal measures and pricing policies applied to food, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages

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Agenda: Working Party on Development Cooperation (4 November 2019)

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Event: StratKIT Baltic Sea Region Stakeholder Conference: A Taste of Sustainability – Mobilizing Public Procurement and Catering Services in the Baltic Sea Region (Tallinn, Estonia, 12 & 13 November 2019)

Today, there are lots of pressures for more sustainable food systems as a result of dietary changes, growing environmental awareness and an overall demand for healthier food. Public procurement and catering services can serve as trailblazers to respond to these pressures. This two-day Baltic Sea Region Stakeholder Round Table Event is an international event that aims to bring together public procurers, catering service providers, public authorities, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders from different countries to co-learn about the current situation and to co-develop innovative strategies for the future! The event will be in English.

Agenda: Codex Alimentarius Working Party (CCFH) – EU coordination meeting (4 November 2019)

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Call for Applications: Selection of members of the expert group on animal nutrition

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Report: Research for AGRI Committee – Megatrends in the agri-food sector: global overview and possible policy response from an EU perspective

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Press Release: Many popular packaged foods in the EU contain too much fat, sugar, salt and too little fibre

A large number of food products frequently sold on the EU market contain too much sugar, salt, fat, and not enough fibre. This is the result of a JRC study that assessed packaged foods against marketing-related nutrition standards developed by European public and private sector organisations.

Written Answer to Question: Compatibility of front-of-package labelling with the law

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Event: First advanced therapies science meeting (Berlin, 25-26 November 2019)

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Directive as regards better enforcement and modernisation of Union consumer protection rules

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Press Release: New tool to track plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea

Scientists from the JRC and University of Cadiz have developed a new tool for tracking the movements of litter in the Mediterranean Sea, a region with one of the highest concentrations of floating plastics in the world. The new lagrangian modelling tool, described in a recent article published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, helps locate the sources and final locations of floating litter, and identify the beaches most likely to be affected.

Speech: Intervention for the Plenary on SOFI Launch

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Press Release: FAO Director-General hails inclusive approach of Committee on World Food Security

FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu today said he hopes the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will have a “beautiful story” to tell in the coming years as the multistakeholder platform tackles an ambitious plan to work towards food security and nutrition for all.

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