Labelling

WHO releases final sugar advice for children and adults

Academics and industry clash over WHO sugar advice

By Joyeeta Basu

Academics have welcomed the WHO’s recommendation to slash added sugar intake to 5-10% of calories – but the food industry has said it is misleading and based on weak evidence.

Nordic keyhole symbol stricter, and broader

Stricter standards and broader scope for Nordic Keyhole label

By Niamh Michail

Sweden’s National Food Association (NFA) has made changes to its Keyhole healthy eating label in light of new nutrition guidelines, meaning less salt, more wholemeal and a broader range of products that can bear the logo.

Children living in less socioeconomically deprived areas of the UK are 80% more likely to be diagnosed with coeliac disease, say researchers

20-year coeliac diagnosis timeline reveals social inequalities

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The number of children aged over two years diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK has nearly tripled in the last two decades, but those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are still half as likely to be diagnosed, according to research.

SNE: “We urge European decision makers to now translate this updated scientific evidence into legislation...

“This signals a new dawn for weight loss products.”

Industry backs EFSA report on low-calorie diet regimes

By Shane STARLING

EFSA’s full low-calorie diet regime report – published this week – can help “tackle the societal challenge of obesity”, the EU’s specialist food trade group has said.

Single doses of caffeine up to 200mg do not raise safety concerns for adults, also when consumed less than two hours before intense exercise, says EFSA

EFSA: 400mg of caffeine a day is safe

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

400mg of caffeine a day from all sources is not a safety concern, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in a long-awaited caffeine risk assessment. 

Researchers aim to improve ‘may contain’ allergen advice

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Better defined thresholds at which common allergens trigger reactions in a majority of allergic consumers could improve ‘may contain’ labelling, according to researchers from the University of Manchester.

Commission puts EFSA opinion to one side as it rejects five glucose claims due to public health concerns

Sugar low: “The use of such a health claim would convey a conflicting and confusing message..."

Glucose health claims: EFSA says yes; EC says no (and closes door)

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Five glucose health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) back in 2012 have been officially banned by the European Commission due to concerns over what they would say to consumers about sugar consumption.

48% of UK pizzas contain over the 6g maximum salt limits recommended for a whole day, according to public health lobby groups

1 pizza could equal 7 Big Macs’ worth of salt, says CASH

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Supermarket, restaurant and takeaway pizzas contain ‘shockingly high’ levels of salt, according to a product survey by pressure groups CASH (Consensus Action on Salt & Health) and WASH (World Action on Salt & Health).

Judy Buttriss, director general, British Nutrition Foundation

Boozy calorie counting

By Judy Buttriss

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

UK Department of Health's carb report to help bread: 'I think there has been too much carb-bashing and it will help industry counter that,' says Federation of Bakers director

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

By Kacey Culliney

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 of Bakers (FOB).

FoodNavigator's top 10 articles of 2014

FoodNavigator's top 10 articles of 2014

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

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 labelling will receive more attention if Labour is successful at the next election said Abrahams

Labour plans tougher food regulation

By Rick Pendrous

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 part of the mix, it has emerged.

Strawberries cause allergic reactions among many European adults

EFSA updates food allergen advice

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

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.

The term nanotechnology refers to the control of matter at an atomic or molecular scale of between one and 100 nanometres (nm) – one millionth of a millimetre.

MEPs reject nanoparticles in novel foods

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

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.

Binding, global policies are needed to improve health, the letter argues

Health campaigners call for treaty to tackle poor diets

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

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 Organisation (FAO).

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