2019 Top Stories
2019-09-19: STOP – Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy
Coordinated by Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine (UK), STOP is an EU-funded Research and Innovation Action, under the H2020 Programme Healthy and Safe Foods and Diets for All. It started in 2018 and will run for 48 months, and involves 24 beneficiaries from the health and food sectors. STOP aims to identify the most successful and effective approaches to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity, while helping children who are already over-weight and obese to get the best help and support to achieve a healthy weight as they develop. EuroFIR was invited to participate in the first Childhood Obesity Stakeholder Conference and Dialogue, hosted by STOP, which took place in Brussels on the 16th September 2019. The meeting was designed to improve mutual understanding amongst stakeholders and obtain feedback on the project’s activities, research directions, and early outcomes. Delegates also discussed topics related to childhood obesity, such as health sector interventions, social marketing, food reformulation, and taxation as well as physical activity measures for tackling childhood obesity.
Check the STOP website here: http://www.stopchildobesity.eu/
2019-09-11: Publication on digital health literacy: How new skills can help improve health, equity and sustainability by EuroHealthNet
EuroHealthNet has published a policy précis examining digital health literacy and what it means for health equity and how progress can be made across Europe ... read more here
Digital health literacy is defined as "the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health information from electronic sources and apply the knowledge gained to preventing, addressing or solving a health problem". The policy précis explains that effective and equitable digital transformation of health systems could have many benefits.
Individuals who are digitally health literate are more able to manage personal health and care issues, meaning better prevention models can be developed and healthy behaviours supported. However, there is a risk that the most vulnerable people are left behind: Those with lower social and economic status have a higher burden of disease and face more barriers to accessing and using information. Ensuring that everyone benefits from the digital transition requires action within health and other sectors; innovation within states and companies; development of professionals and services; and wider improvements in education, and social justice and inclusion.
2019-07-01: EUROPEAN FINALE - SEAFOODTOMORROW RECIPE CONTEST
Between December 2018 and May 2019, aspiring chefs from Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Poland, France, and Sweden have been battling it out to create new seafood recipes using sustainable species, rather than commonly over-fished species ... read more here
2019-06-06: MS-food: a web-app for assessing and improving food products according to the Nutri-Score® label
The Nutri-Score®, introduced in France and Belgium ranges foods from A (green, best score) to E (red, worst score) according to their nutrient content and is implemented on a voluntary basis for food packaging. In France, a recently adopted law made it compulsory for advertising as of 1 January 2021. MS-Nutrition developed a commercial web-app able to calculate and improve the Nutri-Score® of food products.
A first feature consists in loading user’s products nutritional composition table and automatically calculating score for all products. The user visualizes the products’ distribution within the Nutri-Score® classes, filtering according to her/his own variables. Then, the user can select one product to find the nutrient reformulations to be done in order to gain one or more Nutri-Score® classes. In this way, user gets conceivable solutions to improve nutritional quality of her/his products by saving her/him valuable time. Please check out their presentation video here.
2019-03-21: REFRESH: Webinars on ‘Tackling Food Waste Across the Supply Chain’
REFRESH partners are pleased to announce that the REFRESH Community of Experts (CoE) is running a series of four webinars on ‘Tackling Food Waste Across the Supply Chain’. The webinars will demonstrate how policy makers, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, municipalities and many more organisations involved in the food supply chain can effectively address food waste. The series will be hosted from 9 April – 2 May 2019 and offers an opportunity for participants to gain insights from case studies, ask questions of the speakers and get signposts to further information.
The first webinar will take place on 9th April 2019 (14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET) and is titled Opportunities and approaches for increasing the value of food waste and by-products. The webinar will address the following issues: What are the opportunities available at different parts of the supply chain to use unavoidable food waste and food side streams? What are the opportunities and barriers presented by policy? How can food streams be best assessed for increasing their value? What can we learn from existing case studies?
If you want to participate the webinar, please visit the page here.
2019-02-25: FAO: Global Individual Food consumption Data tool Webinars
the FAO/ WHO GIFT dissemination platform will organise a new round of particpatory webinars in March 2019. The webinars will enable participants to share suggestions on new indicators which could be developed, to learn about the plans for the further developments of the platform and to learn how to upload datasets and their metadata into the Platform.
Participants can register here to one of the following available sessions:
- 4th of March (Monday) 8.30 PM – 10.30 PM (GMT+1 - Italy)
- 5th of March (Tuesday) 1.00 PM – 3.00 PM (GMT+1 - Italy)
- 6th of March (Wednesday) 8.00 AM – 10.00 AM (GMT+1 - Italy)
The webinars will be held in English. Upcoming webinars in French and Spanish will be advertised soon.
FOODforce position paper:
'Food System Approach'
FOODforce is a network of leading European research provider organisations active in the areas of food, nutrition and health. It recognises that members have broad remits, but share a common interest in multidisciplinary science. FOODforce provides a proactive forum for discussions on delivery of best practice and societal impact and facilitates international aspects of knowledge exchange and innovation, both within and outside the European Union.
Its objectives are to:
- Provide a forum for facilitating collaborative research amongst members
- Provide a forum to facilitate interaction with EU secretariats involved in food, nutrition and health research
- Provide a forum for contacting and expanding relationships with Third Countries relevant to EU initiatives
- Facilitate and promote mobility of researchers (particularly early career scientists)
- Develop and exchange best practice in managing food and health research
- Facilitate dissemination of information focussed on research-related issues
- Articulate with the European Technology Platform Food for Life and other relevant organisations
Interested in the project? Read the position here.
NASCENT Results-in-Brief article published on CORDIS:
Novel approach helps companies prepare EU-compliant food labels
As of December 2016, an EU regulation requires businesses selling pre-packed foods to include nutrition information on packaging. Declaring nutrient composition data for products is both complex and costly for SMEs. Many food businesses are aware of their obligation to provide information for consumers (nutrition labelling) on pre-packaged products. However, SMEs producing fewer than 1 000 units yearly are less aware of the regulation.
In addition, a small number of food businesses, especially SMEs, are in a position to chemically analyse all products for nutritional content because it’s expensive, and low sample numbers or changes in formulation and production errors can render results unusable ... read more here