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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.

No clear benefit of low GI diet for heart health, say 'surprised' researchers

Using glycemic index (GI) as a guide to healthy food choices may not help improve cardiovascular risk factors or insulin resistance, researchers warn.

Federation of Bakers: 2015 will be a fight back on carbs

The UK will publish an extensive report on the role of carbohydrates in the diet next year, presenting opportunities for bread makers to fight back against carb-bashing, says the Federation...

Opinion divided on Polish court’s ‘landmark’ reversal of non-stun slaughter ban

A secular organisation has called the Polish Constitutional Court’s decision to overturn a ban on non-stun slaughter ‘regrettable’, while a UK halal group says ‘common sense prevailed’.

FoodNavigator's top 10 articles of 2014

Sugar, gluten-free foods, front-of-pack nutrition labelling, and the 'utter nonsense' behind popular diet claims were among the most popular subjects of the year on FoodNavigator. 

Food manufacturers could be ‘forced out’ of the obesity debate

Food and drink manufacturers must emphasise the role of exercise in reducing obesity or risk being sidelined in the debate and hit with stricter regulation, according to new research.

FoodDrinkEurope: FIC rules ‘a step in the right direction’ for consumers

Industry trade body FoodDrinkEurope has called FIC labelling changes a step in the right direction and has established a website to explain reference intakes, which will replace GDAs (guideline daily...

FIC regulation: What are the biggest headaches for manufacturers?

Allergens, country of origin labelling and online sales are some of the most problematic areas for food companies as FIC regulation comes into force this week, according to Campden BRI.

‘No palm oil’ label battle won’t start trade or court war: Malaysian minister

The Malaysian government says it is assessing what action it should take to address ‘no palm oil’ labels in France and Belgium, the legal grounds for which have come under...

Ingredient origin labelling should remain voluntary under FIC regs, say suppliers

Food Information for Consumers (FIC) legislation should allow manufacturers to choose whether to label ingredient origins to avoid costly, complicated and unnecessary changes, say suppliers.

Opinion

Boozy calorie counting

The Royal Society of Public Health’s call for calorie labelling of alcoholic drinks is a timely reminder that drinks contribute to energy intake.

FIC vegetable oil labelling rules have not led to mass reformulation, says EPOA

Fears that manufacturers would reject palm oil in the wake of FIC regulations have proven to be unfounded, according to the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA).

Labour plans tougher food regulation

Labour is about to set out its plans for improving public health if elected next year and while tougher regulation can be expected, sugar and fat taxes will not be...

EU labelling law adds impetus to the sustainable palm drive

Changes to European labelling laws meaning the specific source of vegetable oil must be declared on pack could drive more food manufacturers to certified sustainable palm oil, according to one...

EFSA updates food allergen advice

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has updated its scientific advice on food allergens, taking into account latest published data on food allergy prevalence in Europe.

Nutrition labelling requires ‘appropriate’ reference amounts: Consumer study

Consumers are generally able to use nutrition labelling systems to identify more and less healthy foods, but the use of different reference amounts may be confusing, say researchers.

MEPs reject nanoparticles in novel foods

Members of the European Parliament’s health and environment committee last night rejected a Commission proposal that would have updated novel foods rules to allow the use of nanoparticles.

Mandatory salt reduction could save more in healthcare costs: Study

Mandatory salt reduction may save more in healthcare costs than the current voluntary system, say the authors of a study published in Value in Health.

McKinsey report backs portion control and ad restrictions to cut obesity

Obesity costs the world nearly as much as armed conflict and needs a coordinated response from industry and governments, urges a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).

FIC countdown: Most food companies are moving toward compliance

Food companies are moving toward compliance with the upcoming Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulation but many still have work to do, according to a new report.

Health campaigners call for treaty to tackle poor diets

International health campaigners have called for a binding treaty to tackle diet-related ill health in a letter to the heads of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Food and Agriculture...

Obesity policies forget to consider food feelings, say researchers

A greater focus on emotional training may be a more effective way of encouraging healthy food choices than nutritional training, according to research.

Corporate responsibility programmes may create a ‘health halo’

Consumers underestimate calorie counts for, and consume more of, foods from companies with positive corporate responsibility programmes, say researchers.

Not the only culprit? Celiacs react to non-gluten wheat proteins

Past celiac research has focused on gluten wheat proteins as the cause of reactions, but researchers say there may be other non-gluten proteins in wheat also to blame.

Dispatches questions child safety of arsenic levels in rice crackers and Rice Krispies

A Channel 4 investigation into inorganic arsenic levels in rice has questioned the safety of products aimed at children like rice cakes and Kellogg's Rice Krispies - although all companies...

Front of pack symbols do not indicate healthier foods, suggests research

Products that display front-of-pack ‘health’ symbols do not have better nutrient profiles than those that do not, a study has suggested.

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