Court of Justice of the European Union’s verdict: Purely plant-based products cannot, in principle, be marketed with designations such as ‘milk’, ‘cream’, ‘butter’, ‘cheese’ or ‘yoghurt’, which are reserved by EU law for animal products.
In the judgment, the Court observes that, in principle, for the purposes of the marketing and advertising in question, the relevant legislation reserves the term ‘milk’ only for milk of animal origin. In addition, except where expressly provided, that legislation reserves designations like ‘cream’, ‘chantilly’, ‘butter’, ‘cheese’ and ‘yoghurt’ solely for milk products, that is products derived from milk.
Despite the fact that EU milk production for the first quarter of the year was 2% lower than the same period in 2016, the European Commission expects an overall increase of 0.6% this year compared to last year. Some of the major EU milk producing countries have had lower collections so far this year but the same can be said in South America, Australia and New Zealand.
The letter is signed by The European Consumer Organization (BEUC), Danone, European Heart Network (EHN), European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), Nestlé, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever.
“The undersigned civil society and private sector organisations want to express their support for the urgent adoption of EU-wide nutrient profiles for nutrition and health claims. In the fight against obesity, the EU needs to take action where it has the competences”, the letter says.
Agriculture minister Capoulas Santos announces that Portugal has received EU authorisation to approve a new law that will make it obligatory for national dairy products to carry a special “produce of Portugal” label.
The only other country that has achieved similar authorisation is France, he said – and the idea behind the move is to show nationals where their best option lies, as “Portuguese milk is known for its excellent quality”.
Around 75 million tons of whey left over from cheese making is dumped every year in Europe, but that could be about to change as a new project led by Ainia goes live. The cheese industry as a whole could soon start to benefit from the new initiative called Wheypack which is all about turning surplus whey into PHB biodegradable packaging that can be tailored to the needs of specific products.
Food technology and production experts from Spanish companies Ainia, working in collaboration with Central Quesera Montesinos Aimplas and Embalnor in Portugal have achieved the first bioplastic material made from whey derived from cheese making – polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) is obtained by a fermentation bioprocess of whey.
En ny kampagne fokuserer på mælk som en naturlig og sund drik for mennesker gennem hele livet. Kampagnen ”Mælk er for livet” er et samarbejde mellem flere EU-lande (Frankrig, Belgien, Irland, Nordirland, Danmark) og er medfinansieret af EU, skriver Maelkeritidene.
Den løber over en treårig periode, og formålet med kampagnen er at ændre opfattelsen af mælk som en drik udelukkende til børn. Ønsket er få mennesker i alle aldersgrupper til at se på mælk som en naturlig og positiv del af deres hverdag. Det er især i gruppen 20-29 årige, at antallet af mælkedrikkere falder mest, og voksne har en tendens til at overse mælken som et naturligt, ukompliceret valg blandt de øvrige drikkevarer. Følg kampagnen på www.facebook.com/maelkerforlivet/
New rules increasing the public intervention ceiling for Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) from 218 000 tonnes to 350 000 tonnes formally have entered into force. This move follows a strong take-up of SMP intervention in response to the current market crisis, and follows on from the exceptional measures announced by the Commission at the March Agriculture Council.
Children across the EU should soon get the benefit of better-funded school milk, fruit and vegetable schemes, along with better education on healthy eating. A new draft new law to this end, provisionally agreed with EU ministers in December 2015 and approved by Parliament on Tuesday, will merge today’s separate EU school milk and fruit schemes and boost their combined annual budget by €20 million to €250 million a year.
For the first time, industry, health and consumer organisations come together to address an open letter to European Commissioners about the health effects of trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils.
BEUC, CPME, EHN, EPHA, Kellogg Company, Mars, Mondelēz and Nestlé are concerned about the health effects of trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils. There’s an important evidence base on the adverse health effects of consuming trans fats, notably by increasing the risk of heart attacks or heart disease.
Most trans fats in our diet originate from foods containing industrially produced trans fats.
The businesses signing up to this statement are committed to removing trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated oils from all our foods. Over the last 10 years they have already acted voluntarily in launching programmes to removing such trans fats whilst others have not.
Increasingly, legislators around the world, including the US and several EU and EEA Member States, have taken measures to limit industrially produced TFAs in foodstuffs. They have mostly opted for legislative measures that limit the amount of industrially produced TFAs in foods to 2g per 100g of fat.
We therefore respectfully call on the European Commission to propose a legislative limit for the amount of industrially produced TFAs in foods to 2 gram per 100g of fat.