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7/08/2014

Specific food taxes do reduce consumption, new EU report reveals

In the framework of the activities of the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain, DG Enterprise and Industry commissioned a study on ’Food taxes and their impact on competitiveness in the agri-food sector’. The study concluded that "Non-harmonised taxes on high sugar, salt and fat products such as soft drinks, sweet and salty foodstuffs do induce a reduction in the consumption of the taxed products, but the exact impact on the competitiveness of the European (...)
8/08/2014

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 (...)
7/08/2014

EPHA to advise DG Agriculture on public health related issues of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as part of new Civil Dialogue Groups system

The Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the European Commission announced its decision on the composition of civil dialogue groups, dealing with matters relevant to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EPHA was awarded membership in all advisory groups applied for, making it possible to voice its long-standing commitment to advancing a public health approach to European food production systems. Meetings will take place from September 2014. The (...)
22/07/2014

Food and agriculture priorities of the Italian Presidency of the EU

The Italian Presidency of the European Union has announced its political priorities in the field of food and agriculture to be focused on during the second part of 2014. Organic farming, a merger of the EU School Fruit and School Milk Scheme, works on the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) legislation, EU animal and plant health, as well as implications from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) top the Italian agenda. EPHA has been actively following the TTIP (...)
22/07/2014

Council discusses merging of EU School Fruit and Milk Scheme and adopts conclusions on fruit and vegetables

On 17-18 June, the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the European Union (EU) discussed progress made on the proposals for regulations merging the aid scheme for the supply of fruit, vegetables and milk in educational settings. The Council also adopted its Conclusions on the fruit and vegetable sector since the 2007 reform. The Presidency presented its progress report on the Commission proposals for regulations merging the schemes for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk (...)
19/07/2014

[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 (...)
22/07/2014

EPHA signs up to joint-statement on Conflict of Interest - UN General Assembly review on non-communicable disease (NCDs) review

As UN General Assembly renewed commitments to tackle non-communicable disease (NCDs) at its meeting in New York on 10 and 11 July, more than 160 international non-profit public interest groups and experts (including EPHA) submitted a joint statement calling for public health legal safeguards. The statement related to commercial trade agreements safeguards and protections against conflicts of interest in the policy development and agenda-setting of government organisations, especially (...)
17/06/2014

NGOs call for a better and more balanced composition of new European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

14 June 2014 - The environment, public health and farm animal welfare communities across Europe have sent a letter to the in-coming European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that its constituency properly reflects the needs and concerns of society as a whole, rather than primarily representing the sectoral interests of the farming community only. Composition of the EP Agriculture Committee Open letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPS) (...)
12/06/2014

European Commission allocates national budgets for 2014/2015 EU School Fruit Scheme

The Management Committee of the EU School Fruit Scheme agreed on the final national envelopes available for the 2014/15 operating period of the Scheme in each participating Member State. The decision takes into account the increase in EU funds from €90 million to €150 million, that was agreed in the context of the most recent CAP 2020 reform. In addition to financing the distribution of fruit and vegetables in educational settings, the funds will, for the first time, also be (...)
9/06/2014

[Conference] Building Healthy Global Food Systems - A New imperative for Public Health

The AIMS of this conference are to review the status of diet-related ill health, determine the impact that existing global food systems have on health, and then explore policies that could effectively promote health and well-being and support global food systems which are environmentally, culturally and socially sustainable. To achieve this, the OBJECTIVES of the conference are to: Characterise, discuss and agree what is meant by healthy diets and food systems; Identify the major (...)

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