FratiniVergano’s latest issue of Trade Perspectives© is published
The first article addresses the end of EU sugar production quotas on 30 September 2017. The article first provides some background information on the sugar production quotas, the reasoning behind them and relevant WTO dispute that eventually led the EU to phase out those quotas by the end of September 2017. Second, the article notes that the EU will continue to support its sugar beet growers through various measures. The article then analyses the likely and potential consequences of the abolition of production quotas for sugar beet, isoglucose and inulin syrup, including consequences for trading partners and health-related concerns within the EU. The article concludes that the new regime, which aims for better compatibility with WTO trade rules, is an important step, but that EU sugar policy should arguably also take global sugar trade and imports into account in order to guarantee predictability and stability for all economic operators involved
The second article addresses the announcement on 27 September 2017 by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, that the cultivation and sale of insects as food is now permitted. The use of insects as foodstuff was banned in Finland until now, due to a strict interpretation of EU novel food law and guidelines. The article analyses that the developments in Finland of “lifting the ban” of marketing whole insects as food is an important step for manufacturers of insect food based in Finland. It concludes that the impact in other EU Member States that did not expressly permit whole insects (different from Belgium or Austria) needs to be further evaluated. Finland will soon publish detailed guidelines.
The third article concerns the so-called ‘precautionary’ allergen labelling (PAL), which is increasingly used on pre-packaged foods by statements like ‘may contain...’. EU legislation does not yet establish specific requirements for PAL and Europe’s food and drink producers have recently called on the Commission to define EU-wide standards on PAL, which meet the requirements of Article 36(2) of the Food Information Regulation (FIR), arguing that it is a much-needed step towards completing the single market. The article analyses that a framework for the application of PAL should, in particular, be clear and not misleading (i.e., PAL should only be applied where a defined, appreciable risk has been identified through a quantitative risk assessment). The article concludes that the framework for allergen labelling should be based on relevant scientific data and recognised systems.
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