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[Joint open letter] EU Commission investigating UK voluntary front of pack nutrition labelling (‘traffic light’ scheme)


24 June 2014 - The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) – Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health for all – is writing to you in light of the current debate in the European Commission regarding the impact of the United Kingdom’s voluntary colour-coded nutrition labelling. Together with the Royal College of Physicians, European Institute of Women’s Health and the International Diabetes Federation Europe - we would like to express our strong support (...)
24/06/2014

NGOs call for a better and more balanced composition of new European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development


14 June 2014 - The environment, public health and farm animal welfare communities across Europe have sent a letter to the in-coming European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that its constituency properly reflects the needs and concerns of society as a whole, rather than primarily representing the sectoral interests of the farming community only. Composition of the EP Agriculture Committee Open letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPS) (...)
17/06/2014

[Conference] Building Healthy Global Food Systems - A New imperative for Public Health


The AIMS of this conference are to review the status of diet-related ill health, determine the impact that existing global food systems have on health, and then explore policies that could effectively promote health and well-being and support global food systems which are environmentally, culturally and socially sustainable. To achieve this, the OBJECTIVES of the conference are to: Characterise, discuss and agree what is meant by healthy diets and food systems; Identify the major (...)
05/06/2014

More than 150 NGOs send a letter to EU Trade Commissioner and to US Ambassador in the EU


On 12 May 2014 several NGOs from both sides of the Atlantic sent a letter to the EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and the US Ambassador Michael Froman spelling out their concerns on proposals for "regulatory cooperation" between the United States and European Union under the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). It is remarkable that EU and US negotiators have turned a technical issue into the trending topic of the year. The clear lack of transparency that (...)
13/05/2014

European Parliament’s Sustainable Food Conference


On 2 April 2014 in Brussels, EU Food Sense, the European Parliament’s Cross-Party Sustainable Food Steering Group, with the help of the food waste campaign ’Feeding the 5000’, organised the European Parliament’s Sustainable Food Conference ‘The Commission’s imminent food policy: Sustainability or standing still?’ to discuss the European Commission’s upcoming Sustainable Food Communication and hear expert recommendations on how policymakers (...)
23/04/2014

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA): Aspartame is safe for general population


After extensive consultation and a full risk assessment of aspartame - an artificial sweetener used in food and drinks - the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concludes it is "safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure", including for children and pregnant women. Experts have considered "all available information and, following a detailed analysis, have concluded that the current Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 40mg/kg bw/day is protective for the general population". (...)
13/12/2013

[EU-US trade agreement] Would it benefit Europe’s public health?


In late October, EPHA attended a Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue’s (TACD) event intended to debate the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US and whether and how it is to benefit the consumers on both sides of the Atlantic. The event brought up a number of crucial considerations to be looked into what relate to public health issues. In a nutshell, this seminar stressed that the TTIP is mostly a drive towards de-regulation and a (...)
04/11/2013

[Joint press release] Healthy people depend on healthy food systems


16 October, 2013 - The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) World Food Day is an occasion to highlight the plight of hundreds of millions undernourished people in the world, and the increasing problem of overconsumption and associated chronic conditions of overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and cancer. The global pandemic of malnutrition – approximately 1 billion people suffer from chronic hunger while 1.4 billion people (...)
16/10/2013

[European Medicines Agency] The Black Triangle - medicinal products under additional monitoring


1 October 2013 - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission have today officially launched the Black Triangle - medicinal products under additional monitoring. In April 2013 the EMA published the first list of medicines which are subject to such monitoring and, from 1 October, their package leaflets will feature the Black Triangle symbol. The Black Triangle symbol was introduced as part of recent pharmacovigilance legislation as a way of clearly demonstrating which (...)
01/10/2013

Health priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council


The Lithuanian Presidency, which will be the last full EU Council presidency before the European elections of 2014, will focus its efforts in attaining a credible, growing and open Europe, building on the cooperation with its Trio partners. Lithuania will focus its efforts in the following health issues. The Lithuanian Priorities for health Advancing legislative initiatives Revision of the Tobacco Products Directive (high priority) Lithuania has confirmed its commitment to continue (...)
08/07/2013