Towards better front-of-pack nutrition labelling for consumers, discover SAFE’s new campaign

SAFE launched the ‘Towards better FOPNL for consumers’ Campaign to raise awareness on the current lack of effectiveness of the European most used front-of-pack nutrition labelling. While the European Commission is currently considering several types of front-of-pack nutrition labelling (FOPNL) to create a harmonised labelling system among all Member States, the Nutri-Score is among the […]

New study points to the presence of microplastics in bottled waters

A new report from French NGO Agir pour l’environnement assesses that over 78% of bottled waters analysed in France are contaminated with microplastics.  The commissionned laboratory has noted the presence of microplastics in both virgin plastic bottles and recycled plastic, with the presence of micro plastics ranging from 1 to 121 microparticles per litre. Microplastics […]

New Anses opinion confirms link between nitrite consumption and cancer

In a highly anticipated opinion published on July 12, 2022, the French national agency for food safety (Agence nationale de sécurité alimentaire – Anses) confirms for the first time the link between nitrite consumption and cancer.  The Authority, which had been seized in June 2020 by the French Ministries of Health and Agriculture to assess […]

MEP calls for health education in schools to tackle obesity

As obesity continues to rise alarmingly in Europe, MEP Tudor Ciuhodaru (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats – Romania) calls on the European Commission to reinforce health education in schools.   A recent report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on obesity shows that overweight and obesity now affect almost 60% of adults and a […]

New RAC assessment on the risks of glyphosate

On May 30th, The Risk Evaluation Committee (RAC) from ECHA published the conclusions of its assessment on the various risks of glyphosate. Based on hundreds of feedbacks from various stakeholders and scientific evidence, ECHA assessed the properties of glyphosate against the requirements of the Classification, Labeling and Packaging regulation. As of 2017, The European Chemicals […]

New report reveals EU’s failure to reduce use of most dangerous pesticides

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) just released a new report highlighting that the European Union (EU) is alarmingly going in the wrong direction regarding pesticides use. This report clearly shows that European citizens are facing increasing exposure to pesticides, despite authorities claiming the contrary. PAN Europe’s report demonstrates that, between 2011 and 2019, both the […]

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 […]