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

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   Recently updated !

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 […]


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

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 […]


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.


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

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.