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EU approves EDA Guidance for ‘Cheese as raw material’

The European Union approves EDA Guidance for ‘Cheese as raw material’ and ASSIFONTE ‘Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines for Processed Cheese’

“The EDA guidelines for ‘cheese as raw material’ are a concise and state of the art compendium on the high safety and quality of cheese as raw material within the processing industry. These guidelines are completed by the ASSIFONTE ‘Good Manufacturing Guidelines Practice for Processed Cheese’, which set an EU benchmark and a best practice manual for the processed cheese industry. Both guidelines, that will be translated into all 23 official EU languages, underline the global leadership of the EU cheese and processed cheese industry also when it comes to safety and quality”, stated Alexander Anton, secretary general of EDA and of ASSIFONTE.

Whey project: EU sponsors 22 M€

The Cordis project calculated to 30 M€ labelled “Valorisation of by-products or waste-streams from the food processing industry into high added-value products for market applications” is taking place in Ireland.

Whey Permeate (WP) and De-lactosed Whey Permeate (DLP) are major side-streams of dairy processing and represent a key challenge for the dairy industry due to a lack of reliability in current disposal routes and represent a sustainability bottleneck for the expansion of milk production in Europe in the “post-milk-quota era”.

AgriChemWhey will build a first-of-a-kind, industrial-scale biorefinery with integrated symbiotic industrial and agricultural value chains that will valorise over 25,000 tonnes (100% dry matter) per annum of excess WP and DLP to several added value products for growing global markets including lactic acid, polylactic acid, minerals for human nutrition and bio-based fertilisers.

This will be achieved through a coordinated investment process and development path to realise the Flagship plant, representing the first major industrial venture to convert residues from food processing, as second generation feedstocks, to value added bio-based products.

The Flagship will prove the techno-economic viability of the innovative WP/DLP-to-lactic acid biorefinery technology and will establish a new value chain for industrial symbiosis with other local actors for the production of high value sustainable food and feed (including high quality mushrooms) products from other side streams, as an enhanced circular bioeconomy approach to agriculture and agri-food waste.

This offers society and industry the opportunity for greater resource efficiency – less food waste, more products from the same starting material (milk), and integration of food and non-food material production.

AgriChemWhey will also develop a blueprint of an economic sustainability concept and replication plans for other regions across Europe, thus maximising both short and long term impacts, contributing towards the development of the European bioeconomy to promote rural growth, competitiveness and job creation, and aligning with European sustainability targets.

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EU blåstempler danskernes favorit-ost

Den klassiske Danbo-ost er tildelt Beskyttet Geografisk Betegnelse (BGB) af EU-Kommissionen, skriver mejeri.dk. Fremover må osten kun fremstilles i Danmark efter ganske bestemte kvalitetskriterier.

Dermed kommer Danboen i selskab med oste som italienske Parmigiano Reggiano, franske Emmental de Savoie og danske Danablu og en lang række andre europæiske oste, der er beskyttet af EU under mærkerne BGB eller BOB (Beskyttet Oprindelses Betegnelse). Det betyder, at en Danbo-ost fremover skal være fremstillet i Danmark efter nogle bestemte retningslinjer og leve op til en særlig kvalitet for at kunne kaldes en Danbo – og dermed få et BGB-mærke på emballagen.

EU blåstempler danskernes favorit-ost

For nylig kom danskernes foretrukne ost i fornemt selskab. Det skete, da EU-Kommissionen tildelte Danbo-osten det såkaldte BGB-mærke (Beskyttet Geografisk Betegnelse), som er en anerkendelse af ostens unikke kvaliteter og historiske tilknytning til Danmark.

Dermed kommer Danboen i selskab med oste som italienske Parmigiano Reggiano, franske Emmental de Savoie og danske Danablu og en lang række andre europæiske oste, der er beskyttet af EU under mærkerne BGB eller BOB (Beskyttet Oprindelses Betegnelse). Det betyder, at en Danbo-ost fremover skal være fremstillet i Danmark efter nogle bestemte retningslinjer og leve op til en særlig kvalitet for at kunne kaldes en Danbo – og dermed få et BGB-mærke på emballagen.

EU Court Says Plant-Based Products Cannot Have ’Dairy-Style’ Names

Vegan dairy-alternative products cannot be sold within the European Union [EU] under names including ‘milk’, ‘butter’ and ‘cheese’ following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice [ECJ]. The ruling follows a case involving German food company Tofu Town, referred by the German court.

The Trier court battle between Tofu Town and VSW (German consumer protection group) saw the two sides clash over whether or not the product labels contravened EU regulations, with Tofu Town arguing that because it always used terms like ‘milk’ in conjunction with words relating to the product’s plant-based origins (i.e. Tofu Butter), it did not.

In addition, it argued, the general public’s understanding of these food terms has changed considerably in recent years. The Trier court asked the ECJ to intervene, and it ruled against Tofu Town, asserting that names like ‘milk’ and ‘cheese’ could not be legally used to describe vegan products.

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EU:s smörlager har snart smält bort

Fettkonsumtionen har ökat kraftigt globalt under det senaste året och det har lett till att EU:s interventionslager av smör snart är borta. Det har lett till att priset stigit kraftigt, något som franska bagerier betecknar som en ”större kris”, skriver ATL.

Förklaringen till den ökade fettkonsumtionen är nya och delvis förändrade kostrekommendationer från läkare och dietister. Det tidigare förhatliga fettet har fått en ny aura av hälsa efter att ha förpassades till slaskhinken på 1950-talet. Då ansågs fettet vara orsaken till folks överviktsproblem. I dag har fokus i stället skiftats till att det kan vara ett alltför stort intag av kolhydrater som gör folk överviktiga.

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Mer ost till Japan

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.

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Verdict: Purely plant-based products cannot be marketed with designations such as ‘milk’, ‘cream’, ‘butter’, ‘cheese’ or ‘yoghurt’, which are reserved by EU law for animal products

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.

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EU milk production expected to rise this year

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.

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Open Letter Call for EU-wide nutrient profiles for nutrition and health claims

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.

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