Study shows the lack of understanding of consumers on food contact materials

German consumer organisation Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZBV) conducted a study on German consumers’ perception and knowledge of food packaging and food contact materials. This market research highlights the fact that consumers are confused about food packaging safety. While packaging is considered important by most consumers, 6 out of 10 of respondents said they considered themselves not […]

New WHO study on sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

A recent WHO European Region study published in March 2022 evaluates the state of play associated with national sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes across Europe. The ultimate goal of this study was to understand factors that support SSB taxes at national level in order to identify successful policy paths for other countries of the region.  Taxation of […]

Acrylamide: A new study reveals the probability of carcinogenic exposure in baby foods

Acrylamide is a heated-induced toxicant generated by a chemical reaction that reduces sugar and amino acids present in foods. Most industrial and cooking methods induce the formation of this chemical compound, the most famous cooking technique is the Maillard reaction. Although the toxicity of acrylamide is well-known in the scientific community, recent studies analyzed its […]

Microplastic pollution: recent study shows the presence of microplastics in human blood

A pioneering study trying to detect the presence of microplastic pollution in human blood was published this week, showing alarming results. Microplastics were found in the blood of almost 80% of the people tested. Although the impact on our health is still unknown, the research demonstrated that these particles could travel in the body and possibly lodge […]

Recent call to reform the pesticides evaluation system.

In a recent video, MEP Eric Andrieu, points out the shortcomings in the current pesticide evaluation system. Highlighting that the current situation induces a great health risk, whether for farmers or the final consumer who ends up ingesting these pesticides, Andrieu notably underlines: The questionable reliability of toxicity assessment. The fact that EFSA does not […]

Acrylamide in food: the urgent need to reform the current legislation

Acrylamide is a chemical compound generated during high-temperature cooking processes that transform sugar and amino acids present in food products. For many years the scientific community has shown the correlation between the increased exposure to acrylamide and the higher risk of developing cancer. In 2015, in its first full risk assessment on acrylamide in food, […]

Climate Change threatens food security

The latest IPCC report portrays an alarming scenario for the future of our food systems. Global warming threatens food production and access to food. According to researchers, the exposure to food insecurity will be unevenly distributed, hitting the poorest areas of the world more severely. Asia and Africa are already experiencing the impact of climate […]

Regulatory challenges: the case of E171 in the EU and the UK

Titanium dioxide, also known as E171 is an additive very commonly used as a white colourant in food, but also in many other products, e.g., paints, cosmetics, toothpaste, etc.  E171 is made of TiO2 (nano)particles that because of their extremely small size can squeeze through natural protective barriers of the human body and constitute a […]

Joint Letter to MEPs calling for a cross-party consensus on the #BECA report in the plenary vote

SAFE and other 11 organizations (Association of European Cancer Leagues, European Alcohol Policy Alliance, European Chronic Disease Alliance, European Institute of Women’s Health, European Public Health Alliance, European Public Health Association, EuroHealthNet, Smoke Free Partnership) sent a joint letter to the Rapporteur from the Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA), MEP Prof. Véronique Trillet-Lenoir, and […]

New evidence on a potential correlation between the consumption of ultra-processed foods and early death

The term ‘ultra-processed foods’ refers to products that have undergone a substantial amount of industrial processing and whose nutritional labels generally report a long list of ingredients, including preservatives, sweeteners, or color enhancers. While there is still not enough scientific evidence to attribute health harms to ultra-processed foods, more and more studies have been highlighting […]