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Emmanuel Macron unveils the priorities of the French EU Presidency

French president Emmanuel Macron held a press on conference on December 9th to unveil France’s programme for the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will start on January 1st, 2022. The President exposed France’s 3 axes for the presidency, encapsulated in the motto  “Relance, Puissance, Appartenance” (“Recovery, power, belonging” in English). Calling for a […]


Recent study sets the research agenda on childhood obesity determinants

Childhood obesity has become a global epidemic and is considered as a major metabolic liability in many countries. The rising concern of this phenomenon is due to its association in adult life with chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. A recent study, funded by […]


Joint call for the inclusion of whole grain on FOP nutrition labelling

On 29th November 2021, the Whole Grain Iniative (WGI) sent a joint letter to the European Commission’s DG SANTE (Directorate General for Health and Food Safety). The WGI and its joined signatories, among which SAFE, are calling bon the European Commission to consider whole grain as part of its commitment to introduce Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling […]


French Minister of Agriculture Questions the Relevance of the Nutri-Score Algorithm

The French Minister for Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie recently acknowledged the need to review the nutrition rating system known as Nutri-Score; stating that the system is currently based on parameters that do not help consumers make healthy and informed food choices.  In a speech delivered to the Committee on Economic Affairs of the French […]


New French study on the harmfulness of food additives for human health

Food additives are substances intentionally added to foodstuffs for various technological, sensory, and nutritional purposes (e.g. extending shelf life, sweetening, or stabilizing purposes). Recent evidence has suggested the detrimental effects of several widely consumed additives, revealing the correlation between the consumption of “ultra-processed foods”, which are high in food additives, and the increased risk of […]


Spain and US take measures against marketing of sweets and soft drinks to children

The days of advertising sweets, junk food and sugary drinks to children are counted in Spain, and in the United States, too, it could soon have a fierce opponent: countermarketing. In both countries, the decision has been taken to get tough after years of more tolerant policies, which have relied heavily on the goodwill of […]


Food Waste Reduction Targets for 2030 – SAFE’s contribution

On 29 October 2021, SAFE answered to an EC Public Consultation on Food Waste and Losses (FWL) reduction targets. Read our response here and our full contribution here. SAFE welcomes the inclusion of the setting of food waste reduction targets in the objectives of the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy, and […]


Sustainable Food Systems Framework – SAFE’s contribution

On 26 October 2021, SAFE submitted a reply to the EC Public Consultation on the Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Framework to be developped by the European Commission as part of the 27 action points described in the Farm to Fork Strategy. Read SAFE’s full contribution here. SAFE strongly welcomes the European Commission’s recognition of the […]


French Health Agency updates its risk assessment methods after the E171 ban

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) proposed a new assessment method for nanomaterials to assess their risks in supplement ingredients after the recent EFSA scientific assessment on titanium dioxide in food (E171) and the EU ban on that substance. Read SAFE’s opinion on the topic of E171 here. Read […]


SAFE publishes guidelines for consumers on Food Contact Materials

Researches show the existence of health risks linked to the use of Food Contact Materials (FCMs). New guidelines published by SAFE encompass conclusions from these studies and show the possible safety issues triggered by their misuse. Read our guidelines here: https://bit.ly/3jjFqtW These guidelines have been co-funded by the LIFE programme. Contents and opinions expressed on […]