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WHO launches Nutrient Profile guidelines to protect children from marketing of unhealthy foods


WHO Europe has published a long-awaited Nutrient Profile Toolto help governments to classify food and drinks based on fat (saturated and trans), salt and added sugar content. The tool provides a clear scientific basis to define products with a high fat, sugar and/or salt content (HFSS) for which marketing to children should be restricted to protect health. WHO Regional Office for Europe nutrient profile model (2015) Despite progress in some countries of the WHO European region, (...)
02/03/2015

EU Parliament must consider healthy food systems in EU-US trade deal


EPHA has called on the members of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee leading the report on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), to consider its impact on determinants of health, sustainable food systems and healthy diets. The draft report prepared by the EP Committee on International Trade was discussed on 24 February, while several EP Committees have been working preparing their respective opinions. The draft opinion prepared by the EP Committee (...)
24/02/2015

Integrating public health in European Food and Farming Policy


The increasing urgency of sustainable food systems for improving population health was a key message of the Good Food and Good Farming joint conference on 10-11 February. Civil society groups called for greener and fairer agriculture, sustainable food systems and diets, supporting rural economies and resources, coherent markets and international trade. The public health community must make sure that their voices are present to achieve a change in food policy in Europe and to shape the (...)
Also about: CAP reform , CAP , agriculture
17/02/2015

EPHA comment on European Commission investigation into Danish ’fat tax’


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 (...)
09/02/2015

Food, farming and health NGOs demand publication of Communication on Sustainable Food


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 (...)
09/02/2015

More transparent EU Food Information for Consumers: Regulation comes into force. Still some things missing.


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. (...)
Also about: food labelling
02/02/2015

[Event report] HEPAMAP: A Roadmap for EU Liver Research


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 (...)
30/01/2015

[Save the date] Launch: Research Roadmap for Liver Disease - 10 December (15.00 – 17.00), Brussels


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) - (...)
17/11/2014

EPHA calls on national governments to support healthy nutrition while developing national operational programmes of the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived


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 (...)
04/11/2014

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