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Nutrition labelling

What must go on a food label, and how should it look? Debate is heating up on the new EU regulation, with stakeholders airing views on the merits of guidance daily amounts and traffic light labels, and just what size font should be used for mandatory information.

FoodNavigator 2014: What’s on our editorial calendar?

From the newest developments in sweeteners, fats and oils and flavours, to the latest trends in gluten-free formulation and plant-based diets, FoodNavigator's special editions calendar for 2014 spans the hottest...

Festive video insights: Mintel experts offer up highlights and predictions

With 2013 fast drawing to a close and 2014 just around the corner, we took the chance to catch up with analysts and experts at Mintel to ask them what...

EU law on NCDs not a question of 'whether' but 'how', warns expert report

Passing EU-wide regulations on the food industry for reducing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is not a question of 'whether' but 'how', according to a new report published as part of the Swedish...

Campden BRI Food Labelling Seminar January 30

FIC Regulation: ‘The pressure is on’

Campden BRI, food and drink research and services, has seen a surge in companies looking for advice on the European Union’s Food Information to Consumers (FIC) Regulation and how to...

Italy says UK traffic light labelling could harm traditional foods

The UK’s traffic light nutrition labelling system is unfair on Italian foods and could harm EU trade in traditional goods, according to the Italian delegation at the EU Council of...

Low fat labelling may encourage consumption

Foods labelled ‘low fat’ or ‘low calorie’ may encourage consumers to eat more, according to a study published in the journal Appetite.

EU labelling overhaul to affect (nearly) all food companies: What’s in store?

The Food Information for Consumers regulation (FIC) is set to come into effect this time next year. FoodNavigator spoke with Campden BRI’s principal food law advisor David Leeks to find...

Unilever’s Flora ad trouble spreads to Spain

The Spanish advertising authority, Autocontrol, has accused Unilever of misleading advertisement of its Flora pro-activ spread by failing to include a statement stipulating target audience and conditions of consumption of the...

News in brief

Imminent EU regulation will pile pressure on energy drinks

The 2014 EU Food Information Regulation (FIR) will pile further pressure on energy drinks brands but will spark a wave of ‘healthier’ beverage launches in this space.

Leatherhead invests in GI health claim prospects

Leatherhead to invest in research for a Glycaemic Index (GI) health claim, which it plans to eventually present to EFSA. 

EFSA health claims chief shares common dossier failures

Incomplete or selective reporting, high drop-out rates and unplanned post-hoc analyses are some of the common health claim submission failures, EFSA’s claims panel chief professor Ambroise Martin, PhD, told a...

Dispatches from #FIE2013

A year of change for DSM’s OatWell

One year on from its acquisition of Swedish beta-glucan brand OatWell, DSM talks about entering into new markets and capitalizing on European health claims.

Four trends propelling the dairy market

An ageing population, new EFSA health claims, protein perceptions and a focus on sugar as opposed to fat are some key considerations that are or should be driving the dairy...

Can pizza make a healthy meal?

Pizza has a poor nutritional image – but it could be reformulated to meet dietary guidelines without losing its taste appeal, according to a team of Scottish researchers.

Bunge: Consumer concerns on hydrogenation prompted R&D

Bunge has developed a patented trans-free bakery shortening without the hydrogenation process in reaction to consumer concern over ‘hydrogenated’ oils on the label, its innovation director says.

COOL labelling a ‘nightmare vision’ for fats and oils industry

Country of origin labelling is among the top concerns for the European fats and oils industry, according to FEDIOL, the federation representing the European vegetable oil and proteinmeal industry.

Don't change our treats! Smaller portions better than reformulation for confectionery, says dietitian

Confectioners should reduce portion sizes rather than reformulate since indulgent treats help us enjoy our diets, says a dietitian. 

What’s an average serving? Portion size guidance ‘no longer fit for purpose’

European guidance on portion sizing is out of date and does not reflect how portion sizes have changed over time, claims a new report from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

What’s the public health effect of a health claim for fructose?

The EU recently approved a health claim for fructose – but the EFSA opinion also included a health warning. So could the positive health claim lead to negative health outcomes?

Another green light for traffic light nutrition labels?

A ‘traffic light’ labelling system improves consumer awareness of health and healthy choices at the point of purchase, according to an American study which adds further research to an issue...

Dietary advice should be no different for those with diabetes, study finds

Dietary guidelines for those with diabetes should be the same as those for the general population – although the benefits of following a healthy diet are greater for diabetics, claim...

New Nordic dietary guidelines emphasise whole diet quality

New Nordic dietary recommendations focus on whole diet quality, rather than individual nutrients, with some key changes that could make a difference to how foods qualify for healthy choice logos.

Portion size science: There is still a lot we do not know, says review

Simply reducing portion sizes is not an easy solution to reducing energy intakes as results from laboratory based experiments do not necessarily reflect what happens in the real world, according...

EU passes generic descriptors law: Clearing up confusion or compromising commercial freedom?

The European Commission has passed a law meaning generic descriptors for food and beverage products which could be construed as health claims will only be allowed if they have been...

Nordic nations up vitamin D and selenium intakes after 8-year review

A 3-year review of Nordic nutrient intakes has recommended daily vitamin D inputs increase from 7.5 microgram to 10 mcg per day for people between 2 and 75 years of...