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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

Plenary meeting of the European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health


The Plenary session of 25 September 2014 focused on the Annual Monitoring Report 2014 and on commitments regarding the composition of foods (reformulation), availability of healthy food options and portion sizes. Disclaimer: this overview is based on DG Sanco’s Flash Report What is new Jan Wollgast from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) provided an overview of scientific news and policy developments in the fields of nutrition and physical activity (reduce inequalities in access (...)
01/10/2014

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

[EPHA overview] France to introduce new public health law


On 19 June, the French Minister of Health, Marisol Touraine, unveiled the broad measures planned for their new public health law. Measures regarding third-party payers, food labelling and tobacco control are already under consideration. This bill, which has been in the pipeline for more than a year, will be introduced in the Council of Ministers in September and discussed in the Parliament at the beginning of next year. The third-party payer in GP consultation One of the main (...)
18/07/2014

[EPHA Briefing] Self- and Co-Regulation in the field of Public Health in the EU (update)


3 June 2014 - As the second meeting of DG CONNECT’s Community of Practice (CoP) on self- and co-regulation convenes today to discuss its vision and ’identify success factors of self- and co-regulatory actions’, EPHA launches an update of its Briefing on Self- and Co-regulation in the field of Public Health in the EU. The briefing aims to give EPHA members an essential overview of ’alternative regulatory mechanisms’ such as self- and co-regulation, the (...)
03/06/2014

EPHA open letter to Competitiveness Council in support of Governments’ right to protect the health of its citizens


In light of the upcoming meeting of the Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) of 20-21 February, set to discuss "the impact of the EU acquis of hybrid nutrition labelling system recommended in some Member States" (namely, the UK voluntary ’traffic light’ scheme), EPHA sent an open letter to the Council to express its strong support. Subject: 3295th meeting of the Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) – (...)
19/02/2014

NOURISHING: World Cancer Research Fund International’s Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets


The World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF), an EPHA member organisation, has just published NOURISHING - an updated version of its Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets. This publication places policies into three broad and interlinked domains: food environment, food systems and behaviour change communication. To develop an effective response to unhealthy eating, governments should implement policy actions from all of the ten policy areas. These actions can be developed and (...)
04/02/2014

[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

[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

Evaluation of the implementation of the Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related health issues


Launched in 2007, the Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related health issues provides an integrated framework for action intended to contribute to reducing ill-health due to poor nutrition, overweight and obesity in the EU. In 2012 the Strategy was evaluated by independent external evaluators to produce an Evaluation Report on its’ implementation process and impact between 2007-2011. Level of action The report states that the Strategy contributed to (...)
15/07/2013