food, diet and nutrition
Groups together issues dealing with food safety, food additives, biotech, GMOs, food irradiation, organic food, the European Food Safety Agency etc.
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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) – (...)
5 February, Brussels - Following the publication of the Commission’s legislative proposal for the merger of the School Fruit Scheme (SFS) and the School Milk Scheme (SMS) (1), and while welcoming the Commission’s recognition of poor nutrition and the need to fight obesityin Europe’s schoolchildren, Freshfel Europe and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) call on the Council and the European Parliament to defend the identity and the objectives of the SFS and not (...)
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 (...)
For a fair green healthy future
A new global campaign will bring together health experts and policy-makers to comprehensively address the current global epidemic of obesity and diabetes by reducing ’unnecessarily high’ levels of sugar, in (mainly processed) food and beverage products, by up to 30%. The campaign is to move out of the stagnation and inactivity caused by the industry’s marketing strategies, governments’ self-regulatory approaches and consumers’ education.
It is estimated that (...)
On 16 December 2013, the Agriculture Ministers of the EU formally adopted the four Basic Regulations for the reformed Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), as well as the Transition Rules for 2014. This follows on the approval of these Regulations by the European Parliament on 20 November.
Common agricultural policy: the reform is approved by the Council
Since EPHA began working on farming policy we have been advocating for the CPA to include access to healthy diets, improve policy coherence (...)
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". (...)
European Parliament and EU Council agree to €3.5 billion on support to healthy diets including healthy diets
’The heart of the matter: Rethinking prevention of cardiovascular disease’ is an Economist Intelligence Unit report. It investigates the health challenges posed by cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the developed and the developing world, and examines the need for a fresh look at prevention.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s leading killer. It accounted for 30% of deaths around the globe in 2010 at an estimated total economic cost of over US$850bn.he common feature (...)
On 21 November 2013 the Commission presented the legislative proposals for new information and promotion policy for agricultural and food products on the internal market and in the third countries. While the policy may support health-promoting products such as fruit and vegetables or organic produce, it is much about such products as processed agri-foods, wine and spirits, dairy or red meat.
With the slogan "Enjoy, it’s from Europe", the aim of the policy is to develop, explore and (...)