Regulation and Policy

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

India hosts first global homeopathy regulation forum

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India hosted the World Integrated Medicine Forum on Regulation of Homeopathic Medicine earlier this month.

India’s north-eastern ‘organic hub’ drives market growth

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India’s ‘organic hub’ – a cluster of fertile, proactively organic states in Northeast India – is helping drive strong market growth in the country and setting it on its way to securing 2% of the world organic food market.

European organic market maintains double-digit growth

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The organic market in Europe continues to maintain double digit growth, according to data from Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Agricultural Market Information Company (AMI) that was released at last week’s Biofach exhibition.

“Engaging authentically with customers – that’s our big opportunity”

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“Engaging authentically with our customers – that’s our big opportunity as independent retailers.” So says Food For Thought owner Alan Martin in a new video interview for Natural Products News.

FSA acrylamide campaign is “fiasco” that misses biggest risk

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The food writer and campaigner Joanna Blythman has described the UK's Food Standards Agency’s ‘go for gold’ campaign on acrylamide as a “fiasco” that...

Transitional organic certification scheme for US farmers launched

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A new transitional certification programme for products from farmers who are in the process of becoming organic has been launched in the US.

EU organic regulation review is at “a dead end”

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The Review of the EU Organic Regulation has reached a “dead end” says recently appointed director of IFOAM EU, Eduardo Cuoco.

US authorities say homeopathic remedies “must state they do not work”

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The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that over-the-counter homeopathic medicines on sale in America must in future state on pack that ‘there is no scientific evidence the product works’.

Cocoa farmer emphasizes need for industry to work in partnership with growers

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Fairtrade cocoa farmer Fortin Bley from the Ivory Coast addressed delegates at the London Chocolate Forum on 7 October, warning that unless the international cocoa industry does more to involve farmers, it will risk losing a generation of cocoa growers.

Welcome to the Brexit guessing game

“If you want to know what happens when a country leaves the European Union, you might as well ask the Inuit.” That was the BBC’s Brian Milligan being simultaneously flippant and factual last month (factual, because Greenland is the only other country ever to have left the EU – or the EEC as it was then).