EU och Japan har träffat en politisk överenskommelse om att ingå ett frihandelsavtal, meddelsr EU:s handelskommissionär Cecilia Malmström.
Japans premiärminister Shinzo Abe besöker Bryssel på torsdagen och förväntas då formellt underteckna avtalet tillsammans med EU-kommissionens ordförande Jean-Claude Juncker och EU:s permanente rådsordförande Donald Tusk.
EU förväntas öppna sin inre marknad för den japanska fordonsindustrin, medan Japan i gengäld ska slopa införselskatten på ost och andra mejeriprodukter från unionen.
Ingo Müller (CEO) was dissatisfied with the 2016 reporting period: ”We clearly fell short of our most important goal – to pay competitive milk prices. There’s no way to gloss over that fact”.
As a consequence of the dramatic turn in the market in 2016, many farmers have given up dairy farming. Members leaving Deutsches Milchkontor eG will mean the loss of around 1.7 billion kilos of milk in the next two years. The DMK GROUP is planning to respond to this situation with a new concept for its sites and for milk processing. This concept will involve stopping production at three sites: Rimbeck/North Rhine-Westphalia, Bad Bibra/Saxony-Anhalt and Bergen on the island of Rügen. There are also plans to discontinue slicing and packaging at an additional site, Nordhackstedt/Schleswig-Holstein.
After thorough analysis, Arla has decided to move production of white mould cheese to Troldhede Dairy in Denmark to increase efficiencies and to make the site more environmentally sustainable. This means that Lillebælt Dairy, also in Denmark, will close – though not before the beginning of 2019.
The board of Arla Foods has taken the decision to close Lillebælt Dairy, which produces white mould cheese under the Castello® trademark. In the future these cheeses will be produced at Troldhede Dairy, where there are better opportunities to make long-term investments in quality and efficiency.
Privately-owned French dairy giant Lactalis has entered into an agreement to acquire US organic dairy business Stonyfield from Danone for US$ 875m.
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Spectral Engines USA announces revamped products with continued industry-leading performance in the Near-Infrared (NIR). The patented Spectral Engines’ sensors are packed into a volume of only about 1 cubic cm.
Everything is built around the core sensor, NIR-ONE, the smallest spectral sensor working at a true NIR range in the market today. Modules are available in approximately 400 nm increments to target absorption bands of customer interest between 1350 – 2500 nm. Applications include sensing of moisture, protein, fat, pharmaceutical blending, hydrocarbons, chemical reaction monitoring and more.
In December 2016, a panel of experts in microbiology, nutrition and clinical research was convened by the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics to review the definition and scope of prebiotics. Consistent with the original embodiment of prebiotics, but aware of the latest scientific and clinical developments, the panel updated the definition of a prebiotic: a substrate that is selectively utilized by host microorganisms conferring a health benefit.
This definition expands the concept of prebiotics to possibly include non-carbohydrate substances, applications to body sites other than the gastrointestinal tract, and diverse categories other than food. The requirement for selective microbiota-mediated mechanisms was retained.
Beneficial health effects must be documented for a substance to be considered a prebiotic. The consensus definition applies also to prebiotics for use by animals, in which microbiota-focused strategies to maintain health and prevent disease is as relevant as for humans.
Ultimately, the goal of this Consensus Statement is to engender appropriate use of the term ‘prebiotic’ by relevant stakeholders so that consistency and clarity can be achieved in research reports, product marketing and regulatory oversight of the category. To this end, we have reviewed several aspects of prebiotic science including its development, health benefits and legislation.
“It is vitally important that the UK dairy industry is recognised and prioritised during Brexit negotiations”, Dr David Dobbin, Chairman of Dairy UK, said speaking at Dairy UK’s Brexit and Beyond industry seminar in London and at the organisation’s annual dinner.
Dr Dobbin said it is in the national interest for dairy to be given due prominence during the Brexit process. He said: “The importance and relevance of dairy must not be forgotten or traded to the benefit of other sectors.”
Dr Dobbin told delegates that the dairy industry in the UK sees opportunities as well as threats in Brexit but everyone wants stability. He said the UK government and all political decision-makers must ensure that: trading arrangements with the EU without tariff and non-tariff barriers are continued; the relationship with the EU is clarified before negotiating free trade agreements with third countries; there is continued access to skilled and unskilled labour; any review of existing regulations or the introduction of new regulations will not create non-tariff barriers; UK farmers are not disadvantaged compared to their European neighbours.
This situation report prepared by the EUIPO and Europol once again puts the spotlight on the importance of tackling the international criminals who are among the principle beneficiaries of IPR infringements in the European Union.
In 2015, the food industry saw a growth in the abuse of ‘organic’ labels attached to products
that did not comply with the organic certification but had higher retail prices, and a growth in
the misuse of such labels in the future was anticipated.
The value of falsely labelled geographical indication infringing products in the EU remains
high, with the main producers of the original products, such as Germany, Spain, France, Italy
and Greece, being the most affected by counterfeit labelled comestibles. The products affected included wine, other spirits, cheese, meat, fruit, vegetables and cereals.