food, diet and nutrition
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Brussels, 9 February 2015 – The European Commission opened last week an investigation looking into whether application of a tax on some high-fat foods by the Danish government between October 2011 until January 2013 involved illegal state aid.
Analysis of the impact of the tax, levied on high fat foodstuffs, meat, dairy products and oils, found it to be an effective measure to achieve public health benefits. The tax (which was abandoned without a proper evaluation) enhanced (...)
The European Public Health Alliance, together with Slow Food Europe, BirdLife Europe, Euro Coop, Friends of the Earth Europe and Eurogroup for Animals sent out a letter to President of the European Commission, and several Commissioners demanding the publication of a dropped communication on Sustainable Food. The initiative follows a similar message sent out by the EU Food Sense group earlier this year.
The breadth of the coalition that has come together reflects the complexity of the food (...)
EU Regulation 1169/2011 entered into force on 13 December 2014, and will affect how food information is provided to consumers. This replaces previous rules on food labelling and includes mandatory nutrition information on processed foods; mandatory origin labelling of unprocessed meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry; highlighting allergens in the list of ingredients, e.g. peanuts or milk, including non-prepacked foods and those sold in restaurants and cafés; and better legibility i.e. (...)
On 10 December 2014, in an event hosted by MEP Cristian Buşoi (EPP, RO) in the European Parliament, the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) launched the ‘Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) - Case study for chronic diseases & research’. The HEPAMAP stresses the need for further research on liver disease and calls on policy makers to step up their efforts to tackle the disease and its links with lifestyle and other diseases, such as (...)
MEP Cristian Buşoi (EPP, RO) has the pleasure to invite you to the ‘Launch of a Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) - Case study for chronic diseases & research’, A European Parliament seminar organised in collaboration with the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL).
10 December 2014, 15.00 – 17.00 | Venue: The European Parliament, Alteiro Spinell (Brussels). Room: A3F383
Launch of a Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) - (...)
September 2014 - European Public Health Alliance, Europe’s largest network of public health organisations and NGOs advocating for better health for all and reducing health inequalities, has launched its call on governments of all 28 EU Member States to support healthy nutrition while developing their national operational programmes for the new Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived, formerly "Free Food for Europe’s Poor". As the responsibility for the programme oscillates (...)
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Health in all policies
Healthy diets and food
social determinants of health
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 (...)
In light of the ongoing discussions around the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the recently presented proposal document of the UN Open Working Group, EPHA joined an advocacy initiative of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) to call for re-consideration of the proposed Goal 2 on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture ("Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture"). (...)
14 October 2014, Brussels – The 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer was finally launched today after many months of delay (1). As a member of the recently established Commission Expert Group on Cancer (2), EPHA supports the new version of the Cancer Code.
“The burden of cancer is set to increase in the coming years. Making a few consistent lifestyles changes is enough to protect oneself against many forms of cancer. This Code sets out a wide range of measures that (...)
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
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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 (...)