Lidl asks to improve packaging for fruit and vegetables to attract children
26 May 2023
Lidl, the German discount retailer, is urging supermarkets to revamp the design and packaging of their fruit and vegetable products to make them more appealing to children. This ap...
Study shows the lack of understanding of consumers on food contact materials
15 Apr 2022
German consumer organisation Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZBV) conducted a study on German consumers’ perception and knowledge of food packaging and food contact mater...
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...
Coca-Cola and Pepsi falling short on pledges over plastic – report
27 Apr 2020
Pepsi and Coca-Cola have not publicly committed to reducing this by 2025, or to invest in reusables or refillables as part of this reduction, Tearfund said in its analysis. Read mo...
Researchers declare hazardous chemicals in food packaging a ‘global health threat’
12 Mar 2020
A team of international researchers recently issued a warning concerning chemicals in single-use plastic and food packaging in general. More than 200 NGOs have signed a call to act...
‘Use by’ or ‘best before’? Nestlé signs food waste pact to tackle label confusion on-pack
10 Feb 2020
The UK’s Food and Drink Federation has repeated its pleas that it wants to keep trading ties closely aligned with the EU’s after British prime minister Boris Johnson dismissed ...
Banana Leaves used in Asian supermarkets to curb Plastic Packaging Waste
05 Jun 2019
Banning or reducing single-use plastic bags in supermarkets is a growing trend in Asia. The amount of plastic waste generated by Vietnamese people is approximately 2,500 tons of pl...
EU Parliament backs microplastic bans to tackle plastic pollution
11 Jul 2018
On July 10, the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee voted to strengthen the Commission’s overall plans to cut plastic pollution, under the so-called Plastics Strategy. MEP...
New guidance on nanotechnologies in food and feed
04 Jul 2018
EFSA has published its guidance on how to assess the safety of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications. The guidance focuses on the safety assessment for human and animal healt...
Le cannucce di plastica permangono nei secoli: 500 anni per distruggersi
02 Jul 2018
Secondo gli studi del centro Enea, oltre l’80% dei rifiuti che invadono i litorali italiani è rappresentato da plastiche, che finiscono poi in mare dove nel corso degli anni div...
Tackling food waste: turning nemesis into a saviour
29 Jun 2018
According to Dr Milka Sokolović from the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), function of food packaging has traditionally been limited to passive protection from external ...
Catena italiana di prodotti sfusi apre negozio a Parigi
06 Jun 2018
“Negozio Leggero”, la catena italiana di prodotti senza imballaggi, sbarca a Parigi. Il 23 giugno apre il primo negozio del franchising nella capitale francese, in zona...
Evolved Nutrition Label to be launched in some EU countries
04 May 2018
Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever will start to add the Evolved Nutrition Label (ENL) to products in some EU countries, they announced o...
Plastic packaging fails to reduce food waste, study warns
12 Apr 2018
One of the main advantages of plastic packaging is that it keeps food fresher for longer, reducing food waste. But a new study by NGOs Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste ...
The edible solutions to the plastic-packaging crisis
09 Apr 2018
A UK startup making water containers from seaweed is one of many businesses thinking of food-based answers to the global problem of plastic. Can they catch on? Read the full articl...
Fakers, bakers and praline-makers fear bite of EU origin labels
21 Mar 2018
Following the Commission’s proposal for new legislation on so-called country of origin labelling, food companies fear that they will be forced to indicate the origin of the...
Il y a des particules de plastique dans 93% des échantillons de grande marque d’eau
15 Mar 2018
L’eau en bouteille de nombreuses grandes marques à travers le monde est contaminée par de minuscules particules de plastique dont les dangers sur la santé sont méconnus, ...
Are we poisoning our children with plastic?
20 Feb 2018
The chemical BPA is widely added to food and drink packaging, and more than 80% of teenagers have it in their bodies. But how dangerous is it? Read the full article on The Guardian...
In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger
07 Feb 2018
Facing skyrocketing rates of obesity, the Chilean government is waging war on unhealthy foods with a phalanx of marketing restrictions, mandatory packaging redesigns and labeling r...
MEPs back down from EU bisphenol ban
12 Jan 2018
The European Parliament has shied away from demanding a full ban on bisphenol A, instead approving measures that will lower the amount of the chemical that can be part of food pack...
Food (labeling) fights
04 Dec 2017
Calorie and ingredient labels for alcohol and labels indicating the amount of fat, salt, sugar and other things in food are at the center of controversy. Read the full article on p...
Policymakers push for healthy eating choices at lunchtime
02 Oct 2017
It can be easy to make the wrong food choices during your lunch break. But policymakers are trying to make lunchtime a more satisfying, healthy experience for employees. Read the f...
EU health chief says all alcoholic beverages should be labelled
31 Aug 2017
The European Commission wants the industry’s expected alcohol labelling self-regulatory proposal to cover all alcoholic beverages in order to avoid confusion among consumers. &n...
Food industry upset over obligatory labelling of origin of pasta and rice
30 Aug 2017
Italy’s decision to impose mandatory labelling on pasta and rice packaging has triggered protests from the food industry, which has called on the European Commission to cancel ...
Italian pasta labels test limits of EU law
30 Aug 2017
A dispute over pasta is set to shape the future of the EU’s single market. Unsurprisingly for a battle over spaghetti, it was Italy that fired the first shot. Rome last week pas...
Endocrine disruptors: EU definition contains ‘too many exemptions and loopholes’
12 Jul 2017
After years in the pipeline, an EU-wide definition of endocrine disruptors was finally approved by member states on 4 July. But MEP Pascal Durand told EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-F...
EU experts agree on criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals in pesticides
12 Jul 2017
Experts from the 28 EU member states approved on Tuesday (4 July) a proposed list of criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in plant protection products – a move presented by...
Health risks of materials in contact with food: tighter EU safety rules needed
21 Oct 2016
EU-wide safety rules are needed for more materials in contact with food, such as those used in packaging, kitchen utensils and tableware, say MEPs in a non-binding resolution voted...