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7/04/2014

EPHA sends open letter on French ’fast-food’ tax

In March 2014 the French Senate published a report ’Taxation and Public Health: evaluation of behavioural taxation’ to back up a proposal to introduce a ’junk-food tax’ on products associated with increased non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The main objective of the proposed tax would be to counteract poor dietary habits and to compensate for the public health costs linked to the consumption of junk-food - currently hugely overlooked from a public debate around the (...)
7/04/2014

EPHA comments on WHO draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children

At the end of March 2014, EPHA commented on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children. Put recently for public consideration, the new proposal aims to lower a daily sugar intake for the general global population from 10 to 5% of total calorie intake. Consumption of free sugars (particularly in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages) may result in both reduced intake of foods containing nutritionally adequate calories (such as these (...)
28/03/2014

EPHA submits comments to draft political declaration in the run-up to FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition

In the run up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November 2014, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization opened a public consultation with interested stakeholders on its zero draft political declaration (otherwise known as the Rome Accord), to gather comments on its vision for health and nutrition, a sensitive global food and farming system. EPHA submitted its comments to the document. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United (...)
27/03/2014

EU Council of Ministers adopts a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

The European Union’s Council of Ministers adopted the Regulation on the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The Fund will give Member States €3.5 billion worth of support over 2014-2020 in their efforts to help Europe’s most vulnerable people and in particular those who have been worst affected by the on-going economic and social crisis. A successor to the Food for the Most Deprived scheme, the new fund aims to deliver beyond immediate food assistance (...)
27/03/2014

Civil Society urges President Barroso to reflect and re-focus on the Commission’s work on Sustainable Food

In light of the recent conference "Averting Farmageddon - Sustainable Food for All" co-organised by the Greek Presidency and the Compassion in World Farming, as well as the Commission’s long awaited Communication on Sustainable Food, civil society organisations wrote to President Barroso to urge that he reflect on current EU food production and consumption, especially from products of animal origin. As much as addressing food waste (is a predominant focus of the planned (...)
27/03/2014

EU Member States agree to act on Childhood Overweight and Obesity

The Greek Presidency "Nutrition and Physical Activity" conference of 24-25 February, saw the launch of the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity, initiated a year ago under the Irish Presidency of the EU. The Plan attempts to take into account the political complexity of all 28 EU Member States and aims to "demonstrate a shared commitment of addressing childhood obesity" by setting out eight priority areas for action "possible measures for consideration" while respecting countries’ (...)
28/02/2014

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) – (...)
28/02/2014

[Joint Press Statement ] EAT WELL, FEEL GOOD - Unified EU Programme to boost children’s fruit, vegetables and milk consumption?

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 (...)
28/02/2014

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 (...)

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