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Mexico to present new rules to fight against obesity

The Mexican government will soon present new rules which require processed foods containing high levels of sugar, saturated fat, sodium and calories to display warning labels. As obesity problems are severe in Mexico, especially among young individuals, three UN agencies urged Mexico to adopt such measure to tackle the issue of obesity. Previously, the government […]


Singapore to ban adverts promoting drinks with high sugar content to tackle obesity and diabetes

Singapore will soon become the first country to target aggressive marketing practices as promotion of drinks with high sugar content will be banned from adverts. As diabetes and obesity run rampant in Singapore, it is of the utmost importance that consumers are able to make informed choice in the interest of their own health. We […]


Petition to extend the French ban on Titanium Dioxide in Food Products (E171)

SAFE, ECOS and Agir Pour l’Environnement have launched a petition to support the removal of controversial food additive E171 (Titanium Dioxide) from the French market. We call for an extension of this measure to the whole EU. Support our petition here. Watch our explanatory video here. Please find an article (in IT) written by il […]


E171: consumers must be put first

SAFE and other CSOs recently published a press release to urge the European Commission and national expert representatives to uphold the French ban on food colourant E171 (Titanium Dioxide, TiO2). On 23 September, another article from Euractiv recalls that important lobbying activities have been conducted by titanium dioxide manufacturers on this issue. The article also […]


Call for new EU legislation on Food Contact Materials to be based on five key principles

SAFE and 24 NGOs welcome the European Commission’s initiative to evaluate the EU’s food contact material (FCM) legislation in a joint letter. The evaluation, including the further aim of the Commission to consider what possible steps need to be taken in the future, provides a good opportunity to look forward and discuss how these ineffective […]


Study Reveals Inaccurate Labelling Information on Food Products: Consumers Being Misled?

The level of micronutrients in a variety of cornflour products in Mexico is significantly lower than which is stated on the products’ package, according to a recent study carried out by the Changing Markets Foundation, Proyecto Alimente and ContraPESO. The report also finds out the lack of consistency between the corporations’ rhetoric and their actual […]


European civil society groups raise questions about industry-funded study on E171 toxicity and call on decision-makers to support the French ban on unnecessary food additive

A crucial European meeting to discuss the French ban of E171 – the food additive version of titanium dioxide – is due to take place on Monday 16th September. Civil society groups across Europe raise questions about a new industry study released ahead of this meeting and warn against diverting decision-makers’ attention from the already […]


IPCC latest report calling for global Food Waste reduction in agriculture

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations issued a report in August 2019 highlighting the need for a drastic reduction of Food Waste to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions linked with agriculture and livestock farming. One third of the food produced worldwide is not being eaten and thus wasted, corresponding to […]


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.