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Peter Rixon


Peter Rixon heads up the European Food Law channel on IEG Policy.

As well as covering issues such as changes to the labelling of food, legal debates on food technology, rulings on advertising and developments in nutrition strategy, Peter also focuses on broader questions such as how stakeholders are tackling the obesity epidemic, habitat destruction, socio-ethical sourcing, food-related illness and demands for more localized production.

Peter also hosts webinars and meetings on food-related issues.

Before joining Informa in 2000, Peter worked on UK newspapers covering environmental, health, crime and political issues. Since then he has covered pharmaceuticals, medical technology, clinical trials, political lobbying, animal pharmaceuticals, and GM food in Europe. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the EU Food Law publication in 2010.

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Global companies vow to harmonize date labeling by 2020

Around 400 large consumer goods companies operating across 70 countries have agreed to standardize food date labels worldwide by 2020 in order to reduce food waste, a major contributor to climate change. 

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UK bakers protest against “hijack marketing”, want legal clarity for bread

Artisan bakers in the UK are demanding legislation to differentiate their bread from industrial loaves in a campaign similar to the one being run by the country’s craft brewers.

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UK watchdog orders removal of advert for tea that promises a flat tummy

An Instagram post by a British TV personality that implied that a drink called “Flat Tummy Tea” could help with bloating and “water weight loss” did not comply with the EU nutrition and health claims regulation and consequently breached UK advertising rules, the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said.
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Spain plans country-of-origin labelling for milk

Spain has informed the European Commission that it intends to pass legislation making the labelling of country-of-origin mandatory for milk and milk products manufactured inside the country. The measure is one of a long line of COOL proposals that have been notified to the Commission and are alarming industry.

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ECJ ruling against Italian GM crop ban welcomed by US farmers

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that EU member states have no right to ban GM crops when there is no scientific reason for doing so. The 13th September ruling, which stems from a dispute between the Italian government and an Italian pro-GM farmer, has been welcomed by the American Soybean Association as a strike against the precautionary principle.

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Brexit “chance to expand mandatory food labelling”, say local UK councils

All food premises in England should be required by law to display food hygiene ratings when EU laws governing food safety are converted into UK law after Brexit, an organisation representing local government bodies has said.

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