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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.

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FDA’s draft guidance on dietary fiber should be significantly amended or tossed out altogether, according to industry trade groups.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...

What's in a name? Product legality, as UK updates food naming guidance

The UK's Department for food, the environment and rural affairs (DEFRA) has updated guidance on food product naming to make the complex and potentially hazardous field more user-friendly for manufacturers.

€1.2m EU investment fund seeks entrepreneurs hungry for agrifood innovation

Katana, a €1.2 million investment fund is calling for Europe’s brightest entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and win funding for agrifood innovation, from functional foods to tech solutions for sustainable...

Industry welcomes GFIA, the UK's gluten-free trade group

UK food firms have created the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) to promote best practice manufacturing tips, gluten testing and ingredient sourcing for the free-from sector's most lucrative category. 

Kids start the day with big sugar-kick; breakfast cereals highlighted

Children in England consume almost three cubes of sugar at breakfast, according to new research that puts cereal brands in the spotlight once again.

Obese parents triple obese offspring risk, experts warn

EarlyNutrition, a project comprised of 36 international research institutions, has released its final report following five years of investigation. The report sends a grave warning to parents and those planning...

Dispatches from the #SNC16 congress in Frankfurt

Could energy drinks be cut out of the EU caffeine claim loop?

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is lobbying for two different solutions to the EU caffeine claim hold up, one of which could see use of the claims limited to...

Consumers assume food must be expensive to be healthy: Study

The price of food heavily influences assumptions about nutritious quality and even effects the health issues consumers worry about, a series of experiments at Ohio State University has found

Stop CETA: Trans-continental coalition fights trade agreement

A coalition of over 450 civil society groups from Europe and Canada has signed an open letter pleading legislators to vote against the deal, fearing it will erode public power over the...

Guest article

Beyond Brexit: Five legal issues UK food firms need to protect against in 2017

The year ahead will present UK food companies with a range of major legal challenges over and above the fallout from Brexit, according to leading food industry lawyer Peter Cusick.

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