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E171: consumers must be put first

SAFE and other CSOs recently published a press release to urge the European Commission and national expert representatives to uphold the French ban on food colourant E171 (Titanium Dioxide, TiO2). On 23 September, another article from Euractiv recalls that important lobbying activities have been conducted by titanium dioxide manufacturers on this issue. The article also […]


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

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 […]


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 […]


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

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 […]


NGOs call for a European Commission Vice President to be made responsible for ensuring the transition to sustainable food systems

In an open letter to the lead candidates, 32 NGOs (including SAFE) call on the next European Commission President to put an EU food policy in place. The organizations also called for a European Commission Vice-President to be made responsible for ensuring the transition to sustainable food systems. Read the full letter here: in EN, […]


Joint letter to demand the removal of E171 from the EU list of permitted food additives

On 3rd May, SAFE and 8 EU NGOs (BEUC, CIEL, ECOS, EEB, FoodWatch International, HEAL, HEJ, WECF) sent a letter supported by 30 national NGOs to Vice-President Jyrki Kaitanen urging the European Commission and Member States not to oppose the French decision to ban the white colouring E171 (titanium dioxide), which has frequently been pointed […]


Food safety in the future EU budget (2021-2027)

On June 7, the Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a new Single Market Programme, which also addresses food policies. Specific objectives include: supporting sustainable food production & consumption by reducing food waste; improving the effectiveness, efficiency and reliability of official controls all along the food chain; supporting policies to increase animal welfare. Read more here.


Pesticide Dependency Reductions must become one of the success indicators of the Common Agricultural Policy

On the 1st of June, the European Commission has published its legislative proposals and its impact assessment on CAP reform. Within the hundreds of pages of documents, pesticide use reduction is not mentioned once. Read PAN Europe’s press release here.