France


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Divided opinions about the French ban on E171

A recent evaluation of titanium dioxide in food from the French national food safety agency ANSES belied EFSA’s assessment of this substance. The evaluation highlighted significant data gaps and recommended limiting exposure to the food colouring E171, which has proved to be potentially carcinogenic. A French decree from 17 April banned the whitening food additive […]


Food Scandal breaks out in France as distributed burger meat fails to meet quality standards

Another food scandal broke out in France, as it was revealed that beef burgers of Polish origin that failed to meet legal standards were sold to charities tackling food poverty. This alarming piece of news follows the latest food scandals (Polish beef, fipronil in eggs, etc.). Read the whole case here.


New French Roadmap in the Fight against Obesity: Towards More Ambitious Objectives

On 25 March 2019, a French inter-ministerial committee on Health met to formulate target figures regarding the fight against obesity in France, Le Monde.fr reports. By the end of 2023, adult obesity will have to be 15% down and childhood/teenage obesity will have to drop by 20%. These ambitious objective were set to create a […]


Catena italiana di prodotti sfusi apre negozio a Parigi

“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 Republique.”Una famiglia di 4 persone che si rifornisce abitualmente al Negozio Leggero può arrivare a risparmiare oltre 200 kg di rifiuti in un anno”, spiega l’ufficio stampa della catena. […]