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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A report published this week by the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the medical journal, the Lancet, condemns the advertising of unhealthy foods aimed at children which it says is fueling the childhood obesity crisis. The number of obese children and adolescents increased from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016 – an 11-fold increase, the report notes.
A survey of 38 CBD products sold on the Iris market has been carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). The authority found that the majority of products analysed were in breach of various articles of food law and some posed potential safety risks for consumers.
Food giant Unilever says it will stop marketing and advertising food and drinks from the end of 2020 to children under the age of 12 in traditional media and below 13 via social media channels.
A laboratory that contributed to EU scientific work on the safety of glyphosate has been shut down by regional authorities over allegations that study results were manipulated and that animals at the institution were abused.
Food and Ag Policy Briefing: EU tax on meat touted, organic farming grows, battle continues over GM salmon
A report out last week that created much debate floated the idea of taxing meat products to fund more environmentally-friendly farming in the EU.
European farmers’ association, Copa-Cogeca, was among the many groups to lament the departure of the UK from the EU bloc on January 31 2020. Lamentations will be brief, however, as another clock starts ticking on a tight transition period during which the UK and the EU will attempt to negotiate their future relationship.