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COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC Position Paper on Due Diligence  26/04/2021

Mandatory Due Diligence as a part of the Smart Mix of EU Measures to tackle Deforestation and Human Rights Issues.

Read the position paper here

EUBA Statement on Revised draft Delegated Act on climate-related objectives  14/04/2021

Despite improvement, more changes are needed to allow European Bioeconomy to be part of the solution towards climate neutrality. The activities of the members of the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) together represent nearly €2 trillion providing more than 22 million jobs to EU citizens. Our activities are essential to the sustainable production of renewable resources and their conversion into food, feed, fibres, materials, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and bioenergy through efficient processes and/or innovative technologies. Read the full statement here

Biofuels should be part of the solution for the EU transition to carbon neutrality   08/04/2021

EU Biofuels Chain Joint position paper on the revised Sustainable finance draft Delegated Regulation.

EUBA position on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan  03/03/2021

The European Commission's Circular Economy Action Plan sets important ambitions for reducing consumption by making products more renewable, reusable and recyclable throughout their whole lifecycle – ambitions that cannot easily be achieved without taking full advantage of Europe's bioeconomy. In this paper, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), which represents a wide variety of primary producers, processors and technology providers, highlights the significance of its sectors in contributing bioeconomy solutions for this essential transition to a circular economy.

Seven steps to curbing deforestation and enhancing forest protection - Looking beyond EU-only solutions to a global issue  19/02/2021

The EU can lead the sustainable transformation of our supply chains towards no-deforestation. If we want producer countries to follow, we need to support them in improving practices instead of only offering criticism and bans.

Read the full COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC op-ed here

Fighting deforestation: we need a framework conducive to changing practices on the ground  15/09/2020

The industry and trade members of COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC share public concern of the incidence of fires on native vegetation, wildlife and on local communities. Fires in the Amazon region are raising particular attention because of their alleged link with land grabbing practices and with deforestation. Read our joint statement here

EU companies struggle to get their supplies in linseeds  07/09/2020

When the approach to maximum residue levels (MRLs) for pesticides becomes dogmatic and driven by alleged concerns on the level playing-field for EU farmers, the EU is putting at risk security of imports of agricultural raw materials and EU jobs whilst such approach has no health benefits and neither offers any gains for EU farmers. Europe needs the MRL for linseeds as proposed by the Commission.

2019 FEDIOL annual statistics published  24/08/2020

Nutrition factsheet Rapeseed oil  16/06/2020

Rapeseed oil is produced from the seeds of several species of plants of the Brassica family. Rapeseed is a bright-yellow flowering plant, cultivated mainly for its oil-rich seed. The main growing regions are Canada, China, India and the European Union.  See full factsheet here

FEDIOL’s General Assembly elects new President  11/06/2020

At its meeting held on Thursday, 11 June 2020 in Brussels, the General Assembly of FEDIOL confirmed the unanimous election of Mr Roger Janson as President of FEDIOL for a two years’ mandate, 2020-2022. Full statement here

COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC joint position on how to accelerate action against deforestation  29/05/2020

In response to the EU’s declared intention to reduce its role in global deforestation by targeting commodities and products entering its market via a set of regulatory and non-regulatory measures, COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC share their views on the best way forward to achieve a sustainable transformation of their supply chains. Read full position here

FEDIOL monitoring data for 2019 shows contrasting developments of sustainable palm and palm kernel oil up-take  28/05/2020

FEDIOL undertakes a yearly survey which covers intake volumes of crude palm oil and palm kernel oil entering the EU refi­neries of member companies participating in the survey. The data released today shows that 63% of palm oil and fractions and 49% of palm kernel oil entering refineries were certified sustainable, a result that underpins the dif­ficulty in supply chain transformation and the need to continue engaging all players around the same effort. Read the full statement here

Farm to Fork & Biodiversity Strategies: ambitious promises that still need to overcome contradictions  20/05/2020

Today marks the publication of two key components of the European Green Deal: the Farm-to-Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. As the EU association representing producers of vegetable oils and protein meals, FEDIOL shares the objective of supporting the transition towards a more sustainable EU food system. At a moment when the COVID crisis has highlighted major strengths, but also certain weaknesses of the agri-food sector, these strategies should help increase resilience to climate change and adaptation to future challenges and help put in place a transformative plan to tackle the biodiversity crisis by protecting and restoring nature.  Read our full press release

European Bioeconomy Alliance Welcomes the Comprehensive EU Green Deal Strategy  29/04/2020

The ambitious European Commission strategy to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the EU and achieve climate neutrality by 2050 has recently been set in motion as the European Green Deal. The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), representing twelve organisations in various sectors active in the bioeconomy, welcomes such a comprehensive policy tool that should ensure alignment and coherence between the different initiatives that are part of the Deal. Read the full position here

COVID19 impacts on the EU grain trade, oil crushing and farm animal feed sector  09/04/2020

During these times of crisis, COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC, their member associations and individual companies are fully committed to fulfil their core mission: to continuously supply the food and feed chain by ensuring that nutritious and safe products are available at all times to the food and livestock industry. This helps provide access to affordable food to all European citizens and adequate nutrition to animal husbandry --> Joint statement

EU grains, oilseeds and feed value chain partners call on the Commission to take urgent steps to avoid disruption of food and feed supply in Europe  17/03/2020

Given the dramatic consequences of the spread of COVID-19, the priority of the whole food and feed supply chain is obviously to strictly comply with EU and national instructions to prevent further dissemination of the virus among its employees, suppliers and customers. At the same time, we are taking all the actions required to avoid disruptions in the food and feed supply chain, so as to be able to continue supplying farmers, the food industry and feed processors with the agricultural raw materials and ingredients they need. Press release

Joint COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC workshop "Trade impact of pesticides residues"  12/11/2019

Grain traders, crushers and compound feed manufacturers engage in constructive dialogue aimed at mitigating impacts on trade of the ongoing regulatory transition to lower maximum residue levels (MRLs) for pesticides in commodities. Press statement here

"Variability of mineral oil results in foods between laboratories: new insights"  24/10/2019

The variability of mineral oil results observed between different laboratories is an issue faced by different food sectors. Along with other industry players, FEDIOL contributed to a new article which provides a deeper insight on the reliability/reproducibility of the analytical methods used by commercial laboratories offering testing services to determine residues of mineral oil in foods. The article also identifies possible gaps and suggests improvements that may enhance the reliability of the data. This article was published on 22 October 2019 and can be found here

FEDIOL FEFAC COCERAL welcome European Commission Communication on Deforestation  23/07/2019

EU grain and oilseed trade, crushing and feed industry sectors represented by COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC welcome the European Commission Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests, adopted on 23 July 2019. See full press release here.

FEDIOL press release on EU Communication on deforestation  23/07/2019

Brussels, 23 July 2019 – Today the European Commission released its Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests, giving a clear signal on the need for all relevant actors to engage in the transformation of their supply chains via active commitment and support. See full press release here.

Nutrition factsheet Coconut oil  19/06/2019

Coconut oil is produced from coprah, the dried kernel of coconuts. Imported into EU from the Philippines, Indonesia, Inda, Vietnam, as crude oil it is refined before use is food and non-food. See full factsheet here.

Nutrition factsheet Maize oil  19/06/2019

Maize oil is produced from maize germs and a by-products from starch production. Maizeoil is mainly used for food purposes in cold or warm preparations. See full factsheet here

Sustainable sourcing of agricultural products: working together to further improve our supply chain_ FEDIOL Annual Conference 2019  14/06/2019

Brussels, 14 June 2019 – The FEDIOL annual conference on “EU oilseeds processing: reconciling public and private objectives on food safety and sustainability” held today confirmed sustainability as one the key priorities for the vegetable oil and protein meal industry. See press release

RED II delegated regulation on ILUC risk gets officially published  21/05/2019

Brussels, 21 May 2019 – In the absence of objections by European Parliament and Council on the proposed text within the given two-month scrutiny period, the European Commission has published today in the Official Journal the Delegated Act on the determination of high indirect land-use change-risk feedstock and the certification of low indirect land-use change-risk biofuels. See press release

UPDATE: The ECJ ruling on mutagenesis requires a change in EU GMO legislation  10/05/2019

On 23 April, 22  EU food and feed chain organisations jointly signed a letter urging Member States and the EU Commission to ensure EU legislation allows EU operators of the food and feed chain to preserve access to competitive supply of innovative food and feed ingredients. On 09 May, the letter received support from four additional business organisations. In total, 26 organisations are reiterating their concern about the European Court of Justice ruling on case C-528/16.

 On 25 July 2018, the European Court of Justice interpreted the provisions of the EU GMO Directive 2001/18 in such a way that products resulting from innovative, targeted mutagenesis methods are regulated under the provisions of the GMO-Directive. This decision triggered strong reactions from many stakeholders and the scientific community, stressing that this would hinder dramatically the delivery of innovative and more sustainable agricultural products produced using new gene editing breeding techniques.

For EU organisations of the food and feed chain including FEDIOL, products that could have been produced by conventional methods and are indistinguishable from conventional ones should not fall under the GMO Directive 2011/18.  The legal framework should therefore be amended to reflect that. 

Time is running out to accelerate up take of certified sustainable palm oil and bridge the gap from the current 66% to targeted 100%   07/05/2019

At the end of 2018, 66% of the approximately 3.7 million tonnes of palm oil getting into European refining plants of FEDIOL companies, were certified sustainable. This shows a slight increase compared to last year’s levels. See press release and monitoring leaflet

FEDIOL welcomes EU legislation on trans fatty acids (TFA)   24/04/2019

Read our  Press Release

The ECJ ruling on mutagenesis requires a change in EU GMO legislation  24/04/2019

22 EU food and feed chain organisations sent an open letter urging Member States and the EU Commission to ensure EU legislation allows EU operators of the food and feed chain to preserve access to competitive supply of innovative food and feed ingredients.

On 25 July 2018, the European Court of Justice interpreted the provisions of the EU GMO Directive 2001/18 in such a way that products resulting from innovative, targeted mutagenesis methods are regulated under the provisions of the GMO-Directive. This decision triggered strong reactions from many stakeholders and the scientific community, stressing that this would hinder dramatically the delivery of innovative and more sustainable agricultural products produced using new gene editing breeding techniques.

For EU organisations of the food and feed chain including FEDIOL, products that could have been produced by conventional methods and are indistinguishable from conventional ones should not fall under the GMO Directive 2011/18 and this means adapting the legal framework to that extent.