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Reacting to allergies: Is self-diagnosis leading to malnutrition?

Inaccurate home testing and self-diagnosis is leading to unnecessarily restrictive diets and malnutrition, says a report claiming to make sense of allergies. 

Think TTIP won’t affect your business? Think again…

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will affect every European food company – for better or worse – according to a trade law expert at DWF LLP.

Huge food survey examines nutrients and toxins in Swedish grocery baskets

The Swedish National Food Agency (NFA) has begun an investigation into levels of nutrients and potentially undesirable substances present in common foods on the Swedish market.

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Ukraine basing nutrition plan on EU platform

The Ukraine government is assessing a draft resolution to improve the country’s nutrition based on EU actions.

BEUC: Health claim ‘adjustments’ need caution and nutrient profiles

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has urged the European commissioner for health and food safety to practice caution when making ‘adjustments’ to health claim and botanical rules.

The Better Regulation Package - will consumer protection be bettered or battered?

The European Commission is calling its Better Regulation initiative 'radical and different' - but consumer groups say power is being handed over to big businesses and that consumers will suffer...

MEPs adopt EU alcohol resolution

MEPs adopted a resolution on calorie content of alcoholic drinks yesterday, a move welcomed by industry and stakeholders across Europe who hope it will spur the Commission into legislating.

Confusing food labels are named and shamed on Twitter

A Spanish consumer rights group has launched a naming and shaming Twitter campaign after it found one third of consumers surveyed has bought the wrong product due to confusing food labels....

When companies try to be cool: A lesson in 'wackaging'

Wackaging – using cute and quirky language on a product’s packaging – seems to be everywhere. But with consumers becoming increasingly cynical, should manufacturers stop trying to be cool?

Front-of-pack labels are equally effective - but none works alone

Front-of-pack labelling can be useful but health policy-makers are naïve if they think that this alone will result in healthier food choices, say researchers -  environment, motivation and psychology must...

EU companies must get ready for ‘bio-piracy’ law now

Global and EU regulation aims to stop companies using indigenous bio knowledge and material to make profits without filtering any of the benefits back.

European trans fat report 'could lead to ban'

The European Commission will consider action on industrially produced trans fats in foods following a high-level debate, said a spokesperson at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Nuts in spices scandal shows no signs of slowing down

Undeclared almond prompts recalls in EU countries

The nuts and spices contamination scandal is continuing to affect companies across Europe.

Hello Consumer, says Swedish agency

Sweden has launched a new nationwide information service to provide better guidance and information to its people on all consumer-related queries.

Can cultural differences affect consumer understanding of food labels?

Country-specific differences could influence consumers’ understanding of nutritional information on food products, researchers have said.  

‘Let’s inform, not mislead:’ Calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages could see spirits suffer, says Spirits Europe

Calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages could mislead consumers: according to industry body Spirits Europe.

Calorie labelling should be mandatory for alcoholic drinks, say public health MEPs

Calorie content labelling should be made mandatory for alcoholic beverages in the EU as soon as possible, say public health Members of European Parliament (MEPs).

Five-colour nutrition labelling ‘not easy to interpret’, says Foodwatch

French consumer group Foodwatch has condemned a proposed five-colour front-of-pack nutritional labelling system, calling it an industry smokescreen.

Is it worth buying nutrient-poor packaged fruit 'n' veg?

Fresh-cut fruit and veg are sold as an instant vitamin boost. But chlorine disinfection, refrigeration and up to three weeks on the shelf mean their vitamin content is often low...

Use price policies to promote healthier diets, says WHO

Price policies could encourage healthier diets, according to a new publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe.

From soda bans to nutrient labelling: What really helps reduce obesity?

Trans-fat bans, and limiting the availability of sugary and fatty foods are the best ways to battle obesity, while nutrition information fails to deliver benefits, says a new review of...

‘Food businesses will find themselves in hot water if they don’t act quickly to implement necessary FIR changes’

Roythornes law firm has quizzed members of the Fresh Produce Consortium, The Food and Drink Forum, the British Frozen Food Federation, the Artisan Food Trail and Tastes of Anglia about...

Navigate or search -- how do consumers shop for groceries online?

Online grocery shoppers tend to prefer navigating to product pages rather than searching for specific products, according to a study funded by the European Research Council.

Reduce marketing of sugar-rich products, says WHO

The World Health Organisation has said that companies need to reduce the marketing of sugar-rich products if consumers are to slash their intake to 10% of daily calories.

Traffic light labels may improve self-control

Traffic light nutrition labels may help consumers exercise more self-control over high calorie foods, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.

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