No obstacles to ban glyphosate – New report by PAN Europe shows that alternatives exist for all uses
14 Mar 2023
Ahead of the EU’s decision on whether or not to re-approve glyphosate at the end of this year, the NGO Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe has just published a report for t...
Food safety, EU Commission adopts rules to lower arsenic levels in food
03 Mar 2023
The European Commission adopted new rules to lower the presence of arsenic in food products. Lower maximum levels (MLs) are being adopted as an important measur...
EU Commission authorises two genetically modified crops as food and animal feed
22 Feb 2023
The European Commission has authorised the use of genetically modified rapeseed and has renewed the authorisation for genetically modified soy, intended for human and animal consum...
Organisations urge the Commission to stick to Sustainable Food System Law timeline
13 Feb 2023
Political resistance against sustainable food policies is threatening to derail the process for an EU Sustainable Food Systems Law. Against this backdrop, 286 organisations have is...
European Commission adopts stringent residue limits for pesticides to protect pollinators
02 Feb 2023
The European Commission adopted new rules that aim to lower the Maximum Residues Levels (MRLs) of the pesticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam in food. The European Court of Justic...
Open letter to the European Commission on keeping up the ambition in times of energy crisis
05 Dec 2022
Together with 29 other organisations and associations, Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) sent an open letter to the President of the European Commission, the Executive-Vice-President, the Co...
Revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive
30 Nov 2022
The European Commission has published its long-awaited proposal for a review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. The revision follows up on the European Green Deal, whe...
New report reveals EU’s failure to reduce use of most dangerous pesticides
24 May 2022
Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) just released a new report highlighting that the European Union (EU) is alarmingly going in the wrong direction regarding pesticides us...
Acrylamide: A new study reveals the probability of carcinogenic exposure in baby foods
29 Mar 2022
Acrylamide is a heated-induced toxicant generated by a chemical reaction that reduces sugar and amino acids present in foods. Most industrial and cooking methods induce the formati...
Acrylamide in food: the urgent need to reform the current legislation
10 Mar 2022
Acrylamide is a chemical compound generated during high-temperature cooking processes that transform sugar and amino acids present in food products. For many years the scientific c...
Plant-based put forward in the EU’s 2022 promotional policy
06 Jan 2022
The EU will support the consumption of plant-based products as reported in the 2022 promotional policy published last December. The policy allocates 185.9 million euros to the prom...
Consumers organization calls for a reform of the EU food packaging legislation
21 Dec 2021
Consumers’ concern about the safety of food packaging materials is increasing across Europe. According to data from the Eurobarometer, 86% of European consumers have worries abou...
Joint call for the inclusion of whole grain on FOP nutrition labelling
29 Nov 2021
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 ...
Food Waste Reduction Targets for 2030 – SAFE’s contribution
29 Oct 2021
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 welcome...
Sustainable Food Systems Framework – SAFE’s contribution
27 Oct 2021
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 ...
CSOs call on the EU to stand by the Farm to fork Strategy
14 Oct 2021
14 October 2021 – On 14-15 October, agri-food stakeholders meet in the Farm to Fork Conference to discuss the progress made to date and the next steps in implementing the Far...
E171 ban decision confirmed in the SCoPAFF
08 Oct 2021
On 8 October 2021, the Standing Committee on Plant, Animal, Food and Feed voted in favour of a proposal submitted by the European Commission to ban food additive E 171 (Titanium di...
European Commission redefines maximum levels for cadmium and lead in food
12 Aug 2021
On August 10th, the European Commission announced that new limits will apply for tolerated lead and cadmium levels in food products. These restrictions concern fruits, vegetables, ...
European Commission releases study on children exposure to marketing of high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) foods
12 Jul 2021
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 ...
Empowering consumer organisations : the Dual Food Quality Conference
08 Jul 2021
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 Eu...
Ethylene oxide in foods: still a long way to go in reaching coordination
01 Jul 2021
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 ...
Provisional agreement reached on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy
29 Jun 2021
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...
EC Vice-President Timmermans addresses the EU Climate Law in the European Parliament
24 Jun 2021
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 t...
NGOs call on the Commission and Council to reject restrictions on the labelling of plant-based products
22 Feb 2021
On 22 February 2021, 21 NGOs including SAFE called on the European Commission and the Council of the European Union to reject the 171th and 72th Amendment of the European Parliamen...
EFSA also enters the Front-of-Pack nutrition labelling debate
08 Feb 2021
The EU food safety agency EFSA will provide scientific opinions to help developing the EU-wide system for front-of-pack nutrition labelling of foodstuffs, including setting conditi...
The European Commission launches the EU sustainable code of conduct plans for food businesses
08 Feb 2021
The European Commission has taken its first steps towards launching a ‘code of conduct’ for actors along the food chain, as part of its aim to increase the sustainability of th...
European Ombudsman asks Commission to increase transparency in the approval process for pesticides
14 Dec 2020
In a recently published decision, the EU Ombudsman has raised concerns regarding the current procedure for the approval of active substances in pesticides by the Commission. The pr...
#WeValueTrueNatural, a campaign from SAFE to call for a definition of ‘natural’
20 Nov 2020
In the European Green Deal, the Commission presented a strategy aiming at transforming the EU into a resource-efficient and sustainable society by 2050. One of the main initiatives...
CSOs call for Withdrawal of the EC proposal for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy
02 Nov 2020
On 30 October, CSOs wrote to EC President von der Leyen to call on the European Commission to withdraw its proposal on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in order to safeguard th...
European Commission publishes its chemicals strategy
14 Oct 2020
The EC published its new Chemicals Strategy on the 14th October (read it here). The EU chemicals strategy aims to address the cumulative and combined effects of chemicals, includin...
Bayer GMO gets EC approval
05 Oct 2020
The European Commission worringly authorised a genetically modified soybean for food and feed, but not cultivation, on 28 September 2020. This soybean, the XtendFlex, was approved ...
CSOs send Joint Letter to EU leaders calling for better alignment between the CAP and the EU Green Deal
01 Oct 2020
This Thursday 1st October, SAFE and more than 250 Civil Society Organisations sent a joint Open letter to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the Preside...
Joint Letter to Agri Commissioner calling for legumes and high-protein crops promotion in EU policies
29 Sep 2020
SAFE and 6 other organisations (Euronatur Foundation, the European Alliance for Plant-based Foods, The Vegan Society, the Good Food Institute, Compassion in World Farming, HealthCa...
A new EU agency for health considered by the European Commission
24 Sep 2020
The European Commission (EC) is considering strengthening the EU’s competence in health policy in the wake of the covid -19 crisis. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen anno...
Single-Use Plastic Directive: still a lot to discuss
13 Sep 2020
Back in 2018, the EU reached an agreement to ban certain types of single-use plastic products with the Single-Use Plastic Directive. The Directive, which will enter into force in 2...
SAFE welcomes MEPs’ decision to object new EC specifications for E171
08 Sep 2020
SAFE welcomes the positive outcome of the vote which occurred yesterday evening and hope that this democratic decision will encourage the Commission to promote a complete removal o...
EU NGOs suggest ways to promote nutrition in the CAP
03 Sep 2020
On Thursday 3 September 2020, 6 European NGOs (including SAFE and EPHA, ECL, EHN, EMSA and EONS) sent an open joint letter to Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski, suggest...
F2F Strategy: NGOs urge the EC to halve per capita Food Waste at Farm level
09 Jul 2020
Back in May 2020, we welcomed the publication of the European Commission’s Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy for a fair, healthy, and environmentally-friendly food system. In thi...
New EFSA opinion on welfare hazards in pig slaughters
24 Jun 2020
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion on 17 June in the context of a series of updated assessments on animal welfare at slaughter requested by th...
The European Commission unveils its Farm to Fork Strategy
20 May 2020
On 20 May at 12.00 CET, the European Commission unveiled its long-awaited Farm to Fork Strategy, along with other communications including a report on front-of-pack nutrition label...
NGOs call on the EU Commission to drop GMOs from US trade talks
05 May 2020
On 5 May, SAFE and 73 NGOs sent a letter to EC President von der Leyen to call on the EC to drop GMOs from the EU-US trade deal talks. SAFE would like to once again underline the n...
EC proposes market measures to assist meat & dairy sectors
22 Apr 2020
Amidst the coronavirus crisis, the European Commission today proposed granting private storage aid for dairy and meat sectors in a so-called effort to help farmers hit by the crisi...
CSOs urges the Commission not to postpone the Farm to Fork strategy
15 Apr 2020
The Coronavirus (COVID19) crisis significantly highlights the important and urgent need for a Common Food Policy that is forward-looking, precautionary, resilient, social- and heal...
European civil society groups urge EU Commissioner to ban E171 in food
06 Dec 2019
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 co...
E171: consumers must be put first
23 Sep 2019
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...
Call for new EU legislation on Food Contact Materials to be based on five key principles
18 Sep 2019
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 furt...
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
12 Sep 2019
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 soci...
36 CSOs send Open Letter to the European Commission President (EN/FR/ES)
17 Jul 2019
Civil society organisations, in the areas of farming, fisheries, environment, animal welfare, health, consumers, consumer co-operatives, development, social justice, climate, and f...
EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health malfunctions
10 Jul 2019
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 waiti...
NGOs call for a European Commission Vice President to be made responsible for ensuring the transition to sustainable food systems
08 May 2019
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 f...