Danish food ingredients manufacturer Palsgaard A/S revealed on 1 April that it achieved CO2-neutrality at its Danish plant in 2015. The company also reconfirmed plans to achieve a zero carbon footprint in all production plants worldwide by 2020.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in February that it would, for the first time, begin testing foods such as soyabeans, corn, milk and eggs for residues of the weed killer, glyphosate.
On 10 March, the European Parliament approved an emergency aid package for Tunisia, which includes a regulation to allow the EU to import 70,000 tonnes of olive oil over two years without additional duties, Olive Oil Times reports.
On 7 March, global agribusiness giant Cargill published its second report on the company’s Cocoa Promise.
It said it had introduced a monitoring and evaluation system to improve the effectiveness of its activities, enabling a more evidence-based approach to help raise the living standards of farmers and their families, as well as to address the sustainability challenges in the cocoa supply chain.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on 29 March that a new study has confirmed that Xylella fastidiosa is responsible for the olive quick decline syndrome, which is destroying olive trees in southern Italy.
The World Trade Organization (WHO) has ruled in favour of several of Argentina’s complaints filed with the international body against anti-dumping duties imposed on biodiesel imports by the EU, Reuters reported on 29 March.