Regulation and Policy

Bringing the natural and organic products industry the latest regulation and policy news from around the World.

Botanicals regulation has become ‘legal disaster area’, expert claims

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There has been a sharp rise in the number of health and nutrition professionals who believe that EU regulation of natural health products is stifling innovation and investment and harming consumers’ interests.

Organic Cities Europe Network formally launched in Paris

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Earlier this month eight cities, along with a number of influential agro-ecological organizations, formally signed an agreement in Paris to launch a major new food and initiative, the Organic Cities Europe

Industry groups step up call for harmonized EU approach on probiotics

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Leading European trade groups are stepping up the pressure on the European Commission to formally recognize the probiotics category.

Think different: Glyphosate ban could lead to creative cooperation among farmers

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UK organic certifier Organic Farmers & Growers has restated its view that a ban by the European Commission on the use of the herbicide glyphosate would not damage farming. 

COSMOS revises Standard to reflect new palm oil requirements

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The COSMOS international natural and organic beauty standard is being revised to reflect new requirements on the use of palm oil and palm kernel oil.

Trade group sues USDA as fears grow Trump administration wants to kill vital organic...

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The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is suing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) amid growing fears that the Trump administration wants to kill a vital new organic rule. 

Monsanto vows to fight California’s landmark Prop 65 cancer designation

Monsanto vows to fight California’s Pro 65 cancer designation

Brands call for end to ‘misinformation’ about NZ Natural Health Bill

A group of New Zealand-based manufacturers say they are frustrated with the amount of “misinformation” circulating about the country’s Natural Health Products Bill.

EU bodies agree draft of new Organic Regulation – but major concerns remain

New EU rules intended to encourage more farmers to grow organic, tighten controls and boost consumer trust in organic food were informally agreed on Wednesday (29 June) by negotiators at the European Parliament and European Council.

African tea growers warn UK supermarket about its ‘disempowering’ fair trade model

The UK's Fairtrade Foundation (part of Fairtrade International) has announced that it will not be involved in the new pilot fair trade scheme being launched by the supermarket Sainsbury's.

African tea growers warn UK supermarket about its 'disempowering' fair trade model

The UK's Fairtrade Foundation (part of Fairtrade International) has announced that it will not be involved in the new pilot fair trade scheme being launched by the supermarket Sainsbury's.

NPA asks Congress to support access to vitamins for low-Income families

US trade group the Natural Products Association (NPA) has commended the US House of Representatives for urging the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to investigate expanding access to vitamins for low-income mothers and children.

ECJ rules against EU states setting maximum levels for vitamins

A ruling this month by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) means that it will be harder in future for individual EU states to impose their own low maximum limits for vitamins and minerals.

Let’s show the future can be written a different way

he world’s biggest biotech companies are manouvering to extend their domination of the global food supply chain. It’s time to show that the future can be written a different way, writes Thomas Fertl

Washington Post reports raise doubts about organic standards in the US

Two recent Washington Post reports by Peter Whoriskey have raised doubts about organic standards in the US.