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Nutrition labelling

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.

EFSA to recommend daily intake values for added sugar by 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish a scientific opinion on how much sugar can be included in a healthy diet by 2020, it has confirmed.

WHO praises France for ‘straightforward’ nutrition logo

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has praised France for officially backing a voluntary, front-of-pack nutrition logo that “clearly stood out as the most consumer-friendly scheme”.

5-C NutriScore to be France's official nutrition label

The five-colour NutriScore is the most effective nutrition label in promoting healthier food choices and will be adopted as the official (but voluntary) label in France, the health minister has said. ...

‘Low-content’ food labels are ‘misleading’ for consumers, US study claims

Products that claim to be low-fat, reduced sodium or cholesterol-free do not accurately represent the food’s nutritional quality, giving consumers a false sense about its health benefits, according to a US study....

French soy juice manufacturers launch voluntary quality standard

A new certification for French manufacturers of soy juice which will give consumers greater clarity in a confusing space, says Agrifood certifying body Afnor.

Six industry giants to launch UK-style traffic light labels in Europe

Coca-Cola, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever will add nutrition logos modelled on the UK’s traffic light label to their European portfolios. However, critics have slammed the use of portion...

Ready meals can be more nutritious than home cooking, so how to convince a sceptical public?

Consumers still assume ready meals are low in nutrition, but wider use of slow cooking techniques such as sous vide can produce foods that's more nutritious than home-cooked equivalents. Can...

‘Risk averse’ EU industry shunning fermented food trend

Growing public interest in fermented foods in Spain and France is not being seized upon by European food companies and retailers because they are too “risk averse and conservative”, according...

Nestlé pledges 18,000-tonne sugar cut in European products

Nestlé has pledged to remove at least 18,000 tonnes of sugar from products in its European portfolio by 2020, equivalent to a 5% reduction of current levels.

Nutrition labels do not seem adapted to fighting obesity: ANSES

Nutrition labels do not seem to be adapted to battling public health issues such as obesity, the French food safety agency ANSES has concluded – but this is because they...

Young men shun products with health claims, Spanish study suggests

Young, healthy men are more likely to actively avoid, rather than be attracted to, products with prominent health claims such as reduced-fat or high-fibre, according to new research in Spain.

Groups call for deep revision or outright rejection of FDA fiber guidance

FDA’s draft guidance on dietary fiber should be significantly amended or tossed out altogether, according to industry trade groups. But at least one company that has been affected by the...

News in brief

MEP urges Commission to tighten up laws on misleading labels

The use of misleading images of blood oranges on coloured orange juice cartons has been called into question by Giovanni La Via, MEP, saying it is “not fair for the...

Backing up health claims is key to marketing fruit, says kiwi producer

New Zealand kiwifruit producer, Zespri, says the best marketing strategy for fruit is to back up health claims, which is how it will position the fruit in its new European...

Food for Health Ireland improves information on milk proteins and peptides

While milk has been known as an ‘excellent source of proteins, calcium and vitamin D’ and therefore ‘good for your muscles and bones’ for many years, other attributes of milk...

'Swap Auchan for Kellogg, Liebig for Maggi': French consumer group compiles salt-savvy meal plan

Consumers should look closely at "hidden" salt levels in processed food and choose nearly identical products that are healthier, says French consumer group QueChoisir after comparing 132 foods for salt content....

'It appears that no safe exposure during human pregnancy exists'

Eating liquorice while pregnant is comparable to prenatal binge drinking: Study

Eating liquorice while pregnant could harm the baby's cognitive abilities and increase its risk of aggressiveness and depression, according to a Finnish study.

Sweet greens: Tinned vegetables contain up to 10% added sugar, says survey

Almost half of all tinned vegetables contain added sugar, according to a survey by industry watchdog FoodWatch.

ENVI politicians back stricter rules on marketing junk food to children

Europe's food safety and health politicians have voted in favour to further restrict marketing unhealthy food to children on TV and video platforms in a committee vote.

FDF: 'It's an interesting concept and worth exploring'

Exercise labels are more effective than standard nutrition info for healthy eating, say researchers

'Exericise labels' that say how much physical activity is needed to burn off the calories in food are significantly more effective in encouraging healthy eating than standard nutrition information, according to...

French agency ANSES slashes recommended meat intake in new guidelines

French food agency ANSES has updated its nutrition guidelines, cutting the recommended intake for meat and encouraging more pulses and less sugar. But how does it compare to other national...

FOOD VISION 2017 PREVIEW - MARCH 1-3, LONDON

Health influencers and brand power key to winning consumer hearts and minds

In a turbulent 2016 that has seen major political upheaval in Europe and the US no one could’ve failed to notice how trusted voices of reason have given way to...

Don’t tax sugar – just sweeten the deal for healthy snacks, say campaigners

The 'Don’t tax healthy' campaign, started by OPPO ice cream, is fighting for UK tax breaks on low sugar foods, saying a system of incentives for healthy alternatives should come before penalties....

Carrot biscuits, beetroot yoghurt and coconut sugar: A look at Europe's low sugar innovations

Natural sweeteners, such as agave and stevia, are in higher demand than artificial sweeteners as Europe cracks down on sugar.

Inaccurate vitamin D labelling a worry for infant-targeted supplements & foods

Fortified foods and supplements designed for infants could have significantly less – or more – actual vitamin D than the amounts labelled, however most products do fall within acceptable EU...

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