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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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German risk assessor warns about type of Aloe leaf used in food supplements

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Vodka advert pulled down for showing people “acting like adolescents”

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The battle over the labelling of plant-based products shows that the meat industry is feeling threatened by the growing consumer demand for vegetarian and vegan foods, the vegan charity Viva has said.

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The UK should think carefully before moving away from European standards  in areas like food safety because the direction the country takes will be “decisive” in any future trade agreement with the bloc, Michael Barnier, the EU 27’s chief negotiator on the withdrawal has said today (November 20th).

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"Avoid any major changes" on UK’s first day outside the EU, food industry pleads

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