Dec 19, 2012 15:50 EST
With menthol cigarettes to be banned and cigarette packs sold with repulsive images of rotting lungs, the European Union released new anti-tobacco proposals Wednesday, the first in over a decade.
Nov 21, 2012 08:38 EST
Former Maltese foreign minister Tonio Borg was appointed the European Union's new health commissioner after a vote in the European parliament on Wednesday.
Nov 15, 2012 13:07 EST
European lawmakers have approved the nomination of former Maltese foreign minister Tonio Borg, a well-known Catholic conservative, to the EU's top health job, according to documents seen by AFP Thursday.
Oct 21, 2012 19:42 EDT
Malta has nominated its foreign minister to replace the EU's top health official after the previous one resigned amid allegations he sought to sell his influence to the tobacco industry.
Oct 17, 2012 16:09 EDT
The EU executive faced a growing scandal Wednesday after its top health official resigned on being cited in a tobacco-linked influence-peddling fraud probe.
Oct 16, 2012 15:10 EDT
The European Union's top health official John Dalli resigned in an almost unprecedented move Tuesday after being cited in an EU anti-fraud probe into a tobacco-linked influence-peddling claim.
Sep 26, 2012 08:14 EDT
A breast implant scandal affecting thousands of women this year damaged confidence and highlighted the need to tighten controls in Europe on everyday medical devices, the European Commission said Wednesday.
Jul 25, 2012 13:42 EDT
Germany's Bayreuth Festival held its opening gala Wednesday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel among the guests, days after weathering a scandal over an opera singer's Nazi tattoo.
May 08, 2012 17:33 EDT
Europe last year saw its first drop in the number of toxic toys and skin-irritating textiles stacked on its supermarket shelves, more than half of them made in China, the EU said Tuesday.
Feb 16, 2012 15:50 EST
LONDON (Reuters) - There is no need for radical reform of Europe's medical device regulation system in the wake of a scandal over French PIP breast implants, Britain's medical regulator said on Thursday, but some improvements should be made to the current system.
Feb 09, 2012 10:07 EST
The European Union's executive arm urged governments on Thursday to tighten controls of medical devices after faulty French-made breast implants sparked a global health scare.
Feb 09, 2012 08:57 EST
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments should strengthen safety controls on high-risk medical devices by using spot checks on products and manufacturing facilities after the scare over faulty silicone breast implants, the EU's health chief said on Thursday.
Jan 26, 2012 10:12 EST
Brussels issued an ultimatum to 13 European nations Thursday to improve conditions for tens of millions of laying-hens held in tiny cramped cages -- or face legal action in two months.
Jan 23, 2012 11:30 EST
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Thirteen European Union countries will be told on Thursday that they face legal action for failing to impose an EU ban on keeping egg-laying hens in battery cages by a January 1 deadline, an EU document showed.
Dec 09, 2011 12:48 EST
World health ministers said Friday they were being vigilant after a Dutch laboratory developed a mutant version of the deadly bird flu virus that is for the first time contagious among humans.
Dec 05, 2011 12:46 EST
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Union committee approved more than 200 health claims Monday for use on food products, which could offer a competitive advantage to companies seeking to target health-conscious EU consumers.
Nov 17, 2011 13:44 EST
The European Union warned Thursday of a sharp rise in deaths across the 27-nation bloc due to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics.
Nov 17, 2011 12:26 EST
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe set out plans to boost research into the neglected area of antibiotics on Thursday by promising to accelerate approval of new drugs, while ensuring adequate prices for their makers and promoting industry-wide R&D.
Oct 11, 2011 08:52 EDT
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe will strictly limit the amount of information that drugmakers can supply to the public on prescription-only medicines and retain a ban on advertising under proposed rules set out on Tuesday.
Jul 06, 2011 15:58 EDT
Cairo denied responsibility on Wednesday for an E. coli outbreak that killed 50 people, mainly in Germany, blamed by the European Union on fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt.