Is the innovation principle compatible with a European Green Deal?

K J Garnett On the day before Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s new team was voted in by the European Parliament, an independent, Brussels-based, think-thank CEPS published their third report on the Innovation Principle : ‘Study supporting the interim evaluation of the innovation principle’. With von der Leyen promising to tackle climate change and …

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Modern cases of food adulteration in Europe: Industry driven. State sanctioned.

The man who robs a fellow subject of a few shillings on the highway is sentenced to death but he who distributes a slow poison to the whole community escapes unpunished, Frederick Accum, 1820. Kathleen Garnett The very earliest laws designed to curtail the adulteration of food typically (though not exclusively) focused on just a handful of …

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Food in Europe – a new general principle on food safety?

K J Garnett "…. one of the key challenges as a legislator is to know how to make laws and regulate in the face of emerging technologies in situations where science appears to be questioned by either deeply-rooted conservative groups, societal opposition or for any other reason." Arūnas Vinčiūnas, Head of Cabinet to Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis …

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Expert scientific advice – a growing chasm between European voters and the decision-makers?

In the same week that Dr Ann Glover, former Chief Scientific Adviser to Barosso, made a splash in the media by spilling the beans on her time working in Brussels the European Ombudsman released a report calling for a root and branch reform of the EU’s approach to expert scientific committees, which calls for greater …

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TTIP, Regulatory Convergence and Food: Relying on gut instinct to protect our guts

"…treatment with trisodium phosphate, acidified sodium chlorite, chlorine dioxide, or peroxyacid solutions . . . should be of no safety concern." Expert scientific opinion, European Food and Safety Agency. The EFSA may or may not be right to propose that chlorinated chickens are safe to consume but in this piece it is argued that home sapiens are, …

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