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[Joint statement] EU trade secrets directive threat to health, environment, free speech and worker mobility


17 December 2014, Amsterdam - Multi-sectoral NGO coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers. We strongly oppose the hasty push by the European Commission and Council for a new European Union (EU) directive on trade secrets because it contains: An unreasonably broad definition of ’trade secrets’ that enables almost anything within a company to be deemed as such; Overly-broad protection for companies, that could (...)
Also about: environment , TTIP
17/12/2014

Traffic light labelling increases healthier food choices on a long term basis


Several recent studies on the ’traffic light system’ of food labelling show that this visual packaging warning on food products significantly affects the consumer’s choice in favour of healthier foods. Most importantly, traffic light labelling increases the right choices on a long-term basis with no evidence of label fatigue. The result of a US study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that traffic light labelling and product placement (...)
31/10/2014

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) advises on infant and follow-on formulas, less protein content, additional nutritional enrichment risk to the infants’ metabolism


EFSA has made recommendations on the intake levels of energy, macronutrients and micronutrients in infant and follow-on formulas. The recommendations are included in a Scientific Opinion on the essential composition of infant and follow-on formulas, which reviews advice provided by the Scientific Committee on Food in 2003, taking into account more recent evidence. It follows an EFSA Opinion published in 2013 on nutrient requirements and dietary intakes of infants and young children in the (...)
08/08/2014

[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