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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.

Juncker accused of leading ‘big business push for deregulation’

Anti-lobbying campaigners have accused new European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker of putting the environment, consumers and workers at small companies at risk with a red-tape-cutting agenda.

Older consumers are not traditionalists when it comes to food: AZTI

Over half (53%) of elderly consumers are happy to try new foods, according to a study from the Spanish food research technology centre AZTI-Tecnalia.

Finnish dairy Valio to detail iodine content on all milk cartons

Finnish dairy Valio has charged itself with educating consumers in Finland and Sweden on the importance of iodine consumption.

Don’t challenge UK traffic light label, make it EU-compulsory, MEP tells commissioners

UK Member of European Parliament (MEP) Glenis Willmott has sent a three-page letter to the Commission saying it should be considering making the UK’s traffic light label a mandatory pan-EU...

Calorie labelling on booze ‘could boost alcohol consumption’

Introducing calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks could boost alcohol consumption, according to a leading nutritionist. 

WHO calls for standardised nutrition labelling

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for a more unified approach to front-of-pack nutrition labelling.

Mobile apps ‘will take consumer awareness to the next level’, says Mintel

Consumers are exploring new ways of educating themselves about food and increasingly are using mobile apps to make well-informed choices, according to Mintel's 'Consumer Trends 2015' report.

Replace sat fat with linoleic acid to lower heart disease death risk, says review

Higher intakes of linoleic acid may lower the risk of coronary heart disease, according to Harvard review.

Should energy drinks be age-restricted like alcohol? WHO official asks in report

Energy drink consumption among young people, particularly in connection with alcohol, presents a significant public health concern that warrants further research and regulation, according to a report authored by World...

Ladislav Miko tipped as acting SANCO head, following chief resignation

The position of head of the directorate general for health and consumers (DG SANCO) will likely pass to Czech environmental politician Ladislav Miko following the resignation of Paola Testori Coggi,...

What’s top on the Commission’s food forum agenda?

The impact of ‘sin taxes’ on competitiveness and consumption habits, food prices, and sustainability were the key points on the agenda for the European Commission’s High Level Forum for a...

Ready meal nutrition is pot luck, says new study

A new study into European ready meals found that pack contents and therefore nutritional value varies widely between batches of the same meal.

Government policies should pass an ‘obesity test’

All new UK government policies should be considered in the context of rising obesity rates in an effort to reverse the trend, urges a report from independent think tank 2020health.

We can cope with extra novel food workload, says EFSA official

The European Food Safety Authority is willing and able to cope with the extra workload of novel food assessment that could come under its control, an official said at a...

Commission was wrong to separate med agency and EFSA: MEP

The Commission was wrong to separate the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), nutrient profiles are unconvincing and the threat of botanical court action is...

UK consumers prefer vegetables to functional foods

UK consumers distrust products offering 'magic bullet' health solutions and prefer fruits and vegetables, according to a report from Canadean.

UK's traffic light label is 'negative', says Commission

The UK’s traffic light label has incited more objections than the Nordic keyhole system because the former is more negative in its nutrition guidance, says the European Commission.

News in brief

FSA begins wheat tests following reports of soy contamination

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has begun testing for the presence of soy in wheat flour mills across the country.

Commission opens infraction proceedings against UK’s 'traffic light' label

The European Commission has formally opened infraction proceedings against the UK for its 'traffic light' food labelling system, giving the state two months to defend itself against business complaints.

Dangers posed by using the wrong food contact materials

Dangers lurk for companies that fail to understand their duty to provide safe products under the latest regulations covering materials, such as packaging, that are in contact with food and...

Guest article

FIC regulation: When is nutrition labelling mandatory?

The Provision of Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC) is fast approaching the key date in December 2014, after which the majority of its provisions start to take effect. In...

80% of Swedes give keyhole labelling thumbs up

Around 80% of Swedish people think the keyhole labelling system is a good thing, according to a survey published by the Swedish National Food Agency (NFA).

Get rid of nutrients and focus on foods in guidelines, says sat fat researcher

Science should look beyond LDL cholesterol and saturated fat, which have dominated cardiovascular research until now, towards other contributing factors and a food-group approach to guidelines, according to one researcher.

Scottish dietary survey reveals vitamin D worry

A significant proportion of Scottish adults and children show evidence of low vitamin D levels, according to new data from the UK national diet and nutrition survey (NDNS).