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NGOs address the proposal to ban the use of terms such as ‘veggie burger’ in the EU

In an apparent attempt to undermine the growing success of plant-based alternatives to animal products, an amendment was adopted by the Committee on Agriculture (AGRI) of the 8th Legislature on 1st April 2019 within the proposal for a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Regulation establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products (2018/0218 COD). […]


EFSA extends its deadline to give an opinion on added sugars

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delayed the release of its opinion concerning added sugar until 2021. As obesity, type 2 diabete, tooth decay or cardiovascular diseases diseases run rampant, firm & quick decisions must be taken at EU level to protect consumers. Read it in details here.


36 CSOs send Open Letter to the European Commission President (EN/FR/ES)

Civil society organisations, in the areas of farming, fisheries, environment, animal welfare, health, consumers, consumer co-operatives, development, social justice, climate, and forestry, wrote the European Commission President to seek a new direction in the way food policies are made and priorities are set.The time for action is now: daring to change the way we make […]


EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health malfunctions

There is a clear malfunctioning of the EU Platform on diet, physical activity & health, as highlighted by BEUC, EPHA, and 5 other NGOs. SAFE was rejected after 2 years in waiting despite being awarded Best Practice for its Sugar Project by Commissioners Hogan, Navracsics and Andriukaitis during the Tartu Call Award ceremony. Read details […]


Divided opinions about the French ban on E171

A recent evaluation of titanium dioxide in food from the French national food safety agency ANSES belied EFSA’s assessment of this substance. The evaluation highlighted significant data gaps and recommended limiting exposure to the food colouring E171, which has proved to be potentially carcinogenic. A French decree from 17 April banned the whitening food additive […]


Food Scandal breaks out in France as distributed burger meat fails to meet quality standards

Another food scandal broke out in France, as it was revealed that beef burgers of Polish origin that failed to meet legal standards were sold to charities tackling food poverty. This alarming piece of news follows the latest food scandals (Polish beef, fipronil in eggs, etc.). Read the whole case here.


Banana Leaves used in Asian supermarkets to curb Plastic Packaging Waste

Banning or reducing single-use plastic bags in supermarkets is a growing trend in Asia. The amount of plastic waste generated by Vietnamese people is approximately 2,500 tons of plastic waste per day. Supermarkets in Vietnam recently decided to make use of banana leaves instead of plastic as a packaging alternative for fruits and vegetables. Read […]


FleishmanHillard document rekindles the war on glyphosate

French news channel France 2 television recently issued a report about a document from the largest Brussels-based consultancy FleishmanHillard showing which politicians, scientists, regulators and journalists are friendly to Monsanto. This unprecedented case of monitoring and record-keeping is yet another spark that will reignite the heated debate about Monsanto’s weed-killer glyphosate and the outrageous extension […]


NGOs call for a European Commission Vice President to be made responsible for ensuring the transition to sustainable food systems

In an open letter to the lead candidates, 32 NGOs (including SAFE) call on the next European Commission President to put an EU food policy in place. The organizations also called for a European Commission Vice-President to be made responsible for ensuring the transition to sustainable food systems. Read the full letter here: in EN, […]


Joint letter to demand the removal of E171 from the EU list of permitted food additives

On 3rd May, SAFE and 8 EU NGOs (BEUC, CIEL, ECOS, EEB, FoodWatch International, HEAL, HEJ, WECF) sent a letter supported by 30 national NGOs to Vice-President Jyrki Kaitanen urging the European Commission and Member States not to oppose the French decision to ban the white colouring E171 (titanium dioxide), which has frequently been pointed […]