Denmark repeals levy on saturated fats | Solazyme makes news in algae-based biodiesel, JVs | Malaysian group criticizes proposed French palm oil tax hike
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November 21, 2012
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Denmark repeals levy on saturated fats
Denmark's year-old tax on foods containing more than 2.3% saturated fat has been repealed, and the country will also forgo a planned levy on sugar. "The suggestions to tax foods for public health reasons are misguided at best and may be counter-productive at worst," the tax ministry said. FoodNavigator (11/12), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/12)
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Solazyme makes news in algae-based biodiesel, JVs
Solazyme has recently agreed to deals with Bunge and Archer Daniels Midland to make algal oils. Separately, Solazyme's algae-based biodiesel is being sold at four retail outlets in California for a limited time. BiofuelsDigest.com (11/13), Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (11/15)
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Malaysian group criticizes proposed French palm oil tax hike
The French Senate has voted against a bill that would have increased import taxes on palm oil by 300%. The Malaysian Palm Oil Council says such a measure would increase the use of trans fat sources instead of improving healthful food consumption. FoodNavigator (11/12), FoodNavigator (11/16)
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Spanish government to scrutinize olive oil
Olive oil produced in Spain will undergo spot checks for quality during the next six months, government officials said. The government is also exploring advancements in testing methods. Olive Oil Times (11/14)
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Why Canada should not ban biotech food ingredients
Prohibiting the use of biotech ingredients in food products in Canada would drive up the grocery bill of average consumers by as much as $400 per year, writes Sylvain Charlebois, the University of Guelph's associate dean for management and economics. Biotech food products have been shown to be safe for human consumption, and consumer comfort with biotechnology is likely to grow, Charlebois writes. The Record (Kitchener, Ontario) (11/13)
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