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European Commission releases study on children exposure to marketing of high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) foods   Recently updated !

On July 8th, 2021, DG SANTE released its final report on the exposure of children to linear, non-linear and online marketing of foods high in fat, salt or sugar.  The goal of this study was to quantify such a marketing exposure in order to develop instruments to address the problem and ultimately fight youth obesity. […]


Empowering consumer organisations : the Dual Food Quality Conference

The partners of the ECO-Empowering Consumer Organisations project were proud to present the achievements of their EU-project on Dual Food Quality during the final European Conference held online on the 29th of June from 10:00 to 13:00 CET. The conference provided a chance to both discuss the many aspects and findings of the project, but also gave a chance […]


New French study on heavy metal exposure in adults and children

On July 1st, 2021 an epidemiological study on heavy metal impregnation in adults and children was released by the French National Public Health Agency. The study – the first of its kind to measure exposure levels in children aged 6 to 17- has shown that almost 100% of both population groups were continually exposed to 27 heavy […]


Ethylene oxide in foods: still a long way to go in reaching coordination

In the past few months, organisations have revealed that non-compliant products containing ingredients illegally processed with ethylene oxide were still being sold without proper consumer information.  Ethylene oxide is a gaseous disinfectant, originally used for sterilization purposes and for decreasing salmonella occurrence in foods. It is a highly irritating and mutagenic chemical, considered to be […]


Provisional agreement reached on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

On June 25th, 2021, a deal was finally found between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council on the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  The reform, which took 3 years to achieve, outlines how the €387 billion budget is to be spent for the 2021-2027 period.  While seeking to […]


EC Vice-President Timmermans addresses the EU Climate Law in the European Parliament

On 24 June 2021, European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans gave a speech on the brand new Climate Law in the European Parliament. On this occasion, he praised the legislative process up to this point and called this new EU initiative “the law of laws”, highlighting its binding target of 55% GHG emissions reduction (by […]


Renewal of approval of glyphosate in 2022 : The Assessment Group on Glyphosate releases its draft assessment

In May 2019, the European Commission appointed France, Hungary, The Netherlands and Sweden to act as rapporteur Member States for the next assessment on glyphosate.  Glyphosate is a chemical widely-used in Plant Protection Products (PPPs) to act as a broad-spectrum herbicide. Given the known toxicity of such chemicals, the EU Pesticides Legislation imposes the issuing of […]


MEPs follow up on EFSA’s opinion regarding E171

On 31 May 2021, a group of 4 MEPs from 3 different groups asked the Commission about its intent to propose an EU-wide ban on food additive E171 (titanium dioxide). It is still unclear when the Commission intends to submit such proposal, and when discussions will start in the competent committee (Standing Committee on Plants, […]


E171 no longer considered safe for use as a food additive

On 6 May 2021, The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its long-awaited safety assessment of titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as a food additive (E171)[1]. The assessment clearly underlines that TiO2 (nano)particles have the potential to induce DNA stand breaks and chromosomal damage – thus, the agency stated that a concern for genotoxicity could not […]