Consumers


Report says supermarkets can help tackle obesity

A trial in English supermarkets on placing unhealthy products differently in supermarkets to tackle obesity has shown some promising results. The one year trial led to increased fruit and vegetable purchases and a decrease in junk food sales such as chips and confectionery proving that where products are placed in stores has an effect on […]


European civil society groups urge EU Commissioner to ban E171 in food

On 5 Dec 2019, European civil society groups have sent a joint letter to Ms. Stella Kyriakides – European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety on the issue of the white colourant E171 (titanium dioxide in food). With this letter, SAFE together with 7 other NGOs strongly urge Ms. Stella Kyriakides, in her lead role […]


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

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 […]


Europol: Massive seizure of fake pesticides which could spray the size of the UK

Europol’s annual Operation SILVER AXE III seized the largest-ever amount of illegal or counterfeit pesticides in Europe this week. But the fact that such massive amounts of illegal pesticides are available has raised concerns about both the economic and health costs. Read the article on Euractiv here.


Pesticide residues: new advice on foods for infants and young children

Following a request from the European Commission, EFSA has made a number of recommendations to further protect young infants from potential risks posed by pesticide residues in food. Read the Scientific Opinion providing a comprehensive evaluation of pesticide residues in foods for infants and young children here.  


A worldwide shift: profiling the alternative meat market

According to recent research from GlobalData, the majority of the world’s population has adopted a diet that features reduced or entirely absent meat consumption. Changing consumer habits and the rise of ‘flexitarianism’ – eating predominantly, but not strictly, vegetarian – has led to the reduced consumption of meat in favour of vegetables and meat alternatives. […]


Fipronil: results of follow-up monitoring published

On 3 May 2018, EFSA published its analysis of food data collected following the widespread detection of fipronil in eggs last summer. The analysis showed that 742 out of 5,000 samples of eggs and chicken contained residues in quantities exceeding legal limits. These products originated from eight Member States: the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Poland, Hungary, […]