About: health and food

Agrifood 22-02-2018

Pesticides found in three-quarters of fruit in France

A recent study published by the French NGO Générations Future revealed that 72.6% of non-organic fruit, contained pesticide residues. EURACTIV.fr reports.
EU Priorities 2020 15-01-2010

Dalli: ‘I’ll be the guardian of consumers’ interests’

Emancipating consumers through information will be the guiding principle of John Dalli's mandate as commissioner for health and consumer policy, if confirmed by the European Parliament.
Agrifood 18-08-2009

No health benefits from organic food, claims study

There are no important advantages in terms of health and nutritional benefits gained from eating organic food when compared to food produced using conventional techniques, says the UK’s Food Standards Authority (FSA), with the recent publication of a scientific study.
Health 20-11-2008

Schoolchildren to get free fruit and vegetables

EU agriculture ministers have reached a political agreement to distribute fresh fruit and vegetables across European schools in the attempt to encourage good eating habits and curb obesity in children.
Agrifood 09-07-2008

Parliament adopts stricter rules for food additives

MEPs rejected firm bans on colourings in favour of stronger labelling systems, although Green MEPs regretted that these will not cover GMO additives.
Agrifood 08-07-2008

Commission to fund free fruit and veg for schools

As childhood obesity becomes increasingly common, the EU executive is proposing to allocate €90 million of Community funding per year to help member states finance the distribution of free fruit and vegetables in schools as of autumn 2009.
Health 13-06-2008

Industry calls for ‘lead market’ on healthy foods

The public sector must facilitate industry-led innovation in the area of 'Healthy Foods' by improving regulation, setting standards and providing support for research, as it does in areas such as eHealth and renewable energy, argues the European technology platform 'Food for Life'.
Health 13-05-2008

Call for more food consumption data

Accurate data on people's diets is required to ensure effective risk assessment of people's exposure to certain nutrients and formulate food-related health policy, concluded a stakeholder workshop last week.
Health 17-04-2008

Food labelling not enough to curb EU obesity trends

Both food industry representatives and public health stakeholders are urging EU governments to include nutrition education in their school curricula.
Health 10-04-2008

Interview: Climate change will exacerbate health problems

As the health effects of climate change are already being observed, the EU should quickly boost its response capacity by improving early warning and surveillance of infectious diseases and establishing a sound communication system with the population, argues the World Health Organisation's Dr. Nata Menabde in an interview with EURACTIV. 
Health 09-04-2008

WHO: Health effects of climate change already tangible

As the health effects of climate change are already being observed, the EU should quickly boost its response capacity by improving early warning and surveillance of infectious diseases and establishing a sound communication system with the population, argues the World Health Organisation's Dr. Nata Menabde in an interview with EURACTIV. 
Health 02-04-2008

EU’s new health chief promises cross-border care proposal

During her grilling by the European Parliament, Androula Vassiliou, the Cypriot woman selected to replace outgoing Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou, promised that a controversial proposal on cross-border health care would be put on the table in June.
Health 28-03-2008

Italy urged to contain toxic Mozzarella cheese

Assurances from Italian health officials that dioxin-contaminated mozzarella cheese has been contained have been deemed "insufficient" by the Commission, which threatened on Thursday (27 March) to ban imports of dairy products from the Campania region in Southern Italy.
Health 15-01-2008

Commission encourages development of ‘innovative’ foods

The Commission has proposed speeding up market authorisation for foods ranging from cloned meat to exotic products from third countries. But the proposed centralised authorisation system is raising questions at a time when the safety of GMOs is back under the spotlight.
Health 12-12-2007

Food and drink companies in child ad pledge

Eleven major food and beverage companies, including Nestlé and Coca-Cola, have jointly pledged to change the way they advertise to children. The commitment follows Commission calls to restrict advertising of unhealthy foods as childhood obesity is rapidly increasing in the EU.
Health 06-12-2007

Professor: Unhealthy food ‘heavily subsidised by EU’

Low income households are increasingly turning to cheap packaged and fatty food, warns Jaap C. Seidel, a nutrition and health professor, inisisting that EU agricultural subsidies should to be turned round to make fruit and vegetables more affordable.
Health 06-12-2007

Interview: Healthy diet becoming ‘too costly’ for poor

Low income households are increasingly turning to cheap packaged and fatty food, warns Jaap C. Seidel, a nutrition and health professor, saying EU agricultural subsidies should to be turned round to make fruit and vegetables more affordable.

GDP ‘outdated’ as indicator of wellbeing

The Commission is working on a new tool to measure the wealth and wellbeing of countries beyond the traditional GDP. The new tool will aim to measure 'true' progress, taking environmental and social indicators into consideration.
Health 12-10-2007

Should the EU legislate to fight against obesity?

A ban on advertising is not the right solution to fighting childhood obesity, argues Guillaume Vuillemey in this paper from the Institut Économique Molinari.
Health 21-09-2007

Consumers ‘sceptical’ of snack industry’s health claims

Consumers are actively seeking healthy snacks and beverages, a new study shows, but their scepticism towards the snack industry's health claims persists.
Health 03-07-2007

Late switch to healthy lifestyle still worthwhile, study shows

Clinical research conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, shows that adopting a healthy lifestyle, even at middle age, promptly reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and early death.
Sports 31-05-2007

Obesity: EU gives industry 3 years to self-regulate

Commission's support for self-regulation is welcomed by food industry and advertisers but consumer organisations say the obesity strategy is 'minimalistic' and built on unrealistic expectations.
Health 09-05-2007

Support for free fruit and vegetable distribution

To counter Europeans' decreasing consumption of healthy food, the Parliament's Agriculture Committee suggests giving more funding to fruit- and vegetable-promotion campaigns and to improve conditions for their free distribution.
Health 03-05-2007

‘Sweets ban in schools helps combat childhood obesity’

Nutritious school lunches together with a ban on sweets and sugary drinks in school can help reduce the risk of obesity in children, argues a study from Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet.