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Threshold levels and effective avoidance of food allergens

2013-04-26

During the EAACI (European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting, which was held in Nice, France from 7th to 9th February 2013, threshold levels and effective avoidance of food allergens was discussed. In this podcast, Dr. Josephine Wills, Director General of EUFIC, interviewed Dr. Geert Houben, Business Line Manager for Food Safety at TNO in The Netherlands. The discussion focused on precautionary food allergen labelling, the science underpinning the establishment of action levels and the work on-going in Europe on these issues.…

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Food Allergen Labelling

2013-04-26

Effective labelling is essential to enable allergic consumers manage their condition. Specific rules regarding the labelling of allergenic ingredients in pre-packed foods are established in European law. The new Food Information Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011) which applies from 13th December 2014 strengthens these rules. This Regulation also introduces a requirement to provide allergy information with non pre-packed foods (e.g. food sold loose in restaurants and deli-counters). This is an important development as it has been estimated that in Europe seven out of ten severe allergic reactions occur when people eat out.

In this podcast, Dr. Josephine Wills, Director General of EUFIC, interviewed Dr Chun-Han Chan, Senior Scientific Officer at the Food Standards Agency, United Kingdom about the changes in European legislation, precautionary/advisory labelling and enforcement issues. This interview was conducted during the EAACI Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting, which was held in Nice, France from 7th to 9th February 2013.…

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RECAPT: Retailer and Consumer Acceptance of Promising Novel Technologies and Collaborative Innovation Management

2013-04-17

RECAPT is a three year EU funded research project, which aims to support a process that leads to closer collaboration between food scientists, the food industry, retailers and caterers, in order to increase consumers' acceptance of innovative food products and thereby contribute to the global competitiveness of the European food and drink sector. Lars Esbjerg, Executive Project Director of the RECAPT project (2011-2014), describes the objectives and research methods of the RECAPT project in the following interview.…

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Food Allergy Campaign

2013-03-27

Food Today, science based information on food, nutrition and safety from EUFIC, the European Food Information Council. More than 17 million people in Europe suffer from food allergies, with 3.5 million younger than 25 years. The sharpest increase is seen in children and young people, especially in the number of life-threatening allergic reactions in children. The number of hospital admissions for severe allergic reactions in children increased 7-fold in the last 10 years.  In light of these worrying statistics, EAACI, the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology launched its Stop Anaphylaxis! Food Allergy Campaign in June 2012. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the sharp increase of anaphylaxis in children, an allergic reaction that is severe and potentially life-threatening.  In this podcast, Dr. Josephine Wills, Director General of EUFIC, interviewed Dr. Antonella Muraro, EAACI Treasurer and Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Campaign Chair, about the campaign. The podcast was recorded at The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting, which was held in Nice, France from 7th to 9th February 2013…

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2nd International Vitamin Conference

2013-02-12

The 2nd International Vitamin Conference brought together scientists and regulators in sharing new knowledge on vitamins. The Conference took place between the 23rd and the 25th of May 2012 in Copenhagen, and was arranged by the Technical University of Denmark. Discussion was focused on 13 vitamins from food and supplements, the content, their activity, biomarkers, and optimal dietary intake. In this podcast, EUFIC spoke with 5 key speakers on their respective areas of research on vitamins including vitamin K, folate, vitamin B12 and vitamin C.

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Highlights from the 19th European Congress on Obesity 2012

2012-11-28

In May 2012, experts from around the world gathered in Lyon for the 19th European Congress on Obesity. Global rates of obesity are rising rapidly, making the management and prevention of obesity and obesity-related disorders a top priority for government and public health initiatives. The programme drew over 2,500 participants from more than 80 countries and covered a range of obesity-related topics, including environment and prevention, genes, and clinical practice and management. In this podcast, EUFIC interviewed 13 speakers who summarize their research presented at the conference.…

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Low Calorie Sweeteners

2012-10-15

During the 19th European Congress on Obesity, organised by The European Association for the Study of Obesity, which took place in France from May 9th to 12th 2012, the topic of low calorie sweeteners was addressed. Low calorie sweeteners are many times sweeter than sugar and deliver very few calories because they are used in tiny amounts. They are used to replace sugar in a wide range of sugar-free and low-calorie foods and drinks and most are also available as table top sweeteners. Low calorie foods and drinks contribute to people's weight management efforts, but it is important that they form part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle which includes regular physical activity.  In this podcast interview, Dr. Josephine Wills, Director General of EUFIC, interviewed two speakers from the U.S.A. who participated in the symposium ‘Low calorie sweeteners – translating the science into practical recommendations’, Professor Richard Mattes from Purdue University and Dr. Julie Mennella from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.  …

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EATWELL: Estimating the effects of healthy eating policies

2012-10-11

The EATWELL project aims to provide European Member States with best practice guidelines to develop appropriate policy interventions that will encourage healthy eating across Europe.

In this new podcast, the leader of EATWELL’s work on the quantitative estimation of diet policy effects, Professor Bhavani Shankar, speaks to EUFIC about the research.

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FoodRisC: The role of social media during a food crisis

2012-10-04

In this new podcast, Adrian Moss, Managing Director of Focus Business Communications, discusses FoodRisC research dealing with the role of social media during a food crisis.

The European Commission-funded project FoodRisC aims to understand current barriers to communicating the risks and benefits of food and identifying potential remedies for such challenges.

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Food4Me: Public perceptions, business and personalised nutrition

2012-06-05

The EU funded project Food4Me is employing a holistic approach to consider all aspects of personalised nutrition; business implications, consumer needs and perceptions, technology for implementation; scientific basis for personalised nutrition, ethical and legal aspects.…

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Hydration For Health

2012-04-02

During the 11th European Nutrition Conference, organised by the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS), which took place from the 26-29 October 2011 in Madrid, a couple of symposia addressed the topic of hydration. Appropriate hydration of the body is a requirement for health and is essential for life itself. Water sustains the body’s many vital chemical reactions and maintains correct body functions. However, the important issue of hydration is often neglected, as nutrition advice predominantly focuses on food intake. In this podcast interview, EUFIC spoke with two key speakers who participated in the symposium "Hydration for Health". Professor Luis Moreno, shares the results from a study investigating the hydration status in Spanish children. Additionally, Dr. Joan Gandy gives insight into the findings from a recent fluid intake survey in the United Kingdom.…

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Hydration: A Basic Aspect in Nutrition

2012-04-02

During the 11th European Nutrition Conference, organised by the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS), which took place from the 26-29 October 2011 in Madrid, a couple of symposia addressed the topic of hydration. Appropriate hydration of the body is a requirement for health and is essential for life itself. Water sustains the body’s many vital chemical reactions and maintains correct body functions. However, the important issue of hydration is often neglected, as nutrition advice predominantly focuses on food intake. In this podcast interview, EUFIC spoke with Professor Ron Maughan and Dr. Patrícia Padrão, both experts who participated in the symposium "Hydration: A Basic Aspect in Nutrition". The podcast will explore the hydration status in different populations and how it influences health.

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FoodRisC: Conceptualising food risk and benefit

2012-03-07

Dr Wim Verbeke, Professor of Agro-Food Marketing and Consumer Behaviour at Ghent University, discusses FoodRisC research dealing with the conceptualisation of food risks, benefits and crises.…

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FoodRisC: A new tool to improve communication

2012-01-04

The European Commission-funded project FoodRisC aims to understand current barriers to communicating the risks and benefits of food and identify potential remedies for such challenges. The project seeks to produce a practical toolkit that enables effective and balanced food risk communication.…

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FoodRisC: Analysing traditional and social media coverage

2012-01-04

The European Commission-funded project FoodRisC aims to understand current barriers to communicating the risks and benefits of food and identify potential remedies for such challenges. The project seeks to produce a practical toolkit that enables effective and balanced food risk communication. Áine Regan is a PhD student in the FoodRisC project. In this interview she gives an update on her work analysing traditional and social media coverage of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis. She also talks about what's next in the pipeline for her.

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The Benefits of Communicating about Food - ILSI Functional Foods Symposium 2011

2011-12-21

Organised by the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Europe from October 5th to October 7th 2011, the Functional Foods Symposium in Prague drew together an international group of experts to review and debate advances in the substantiation of the health benefits of foods.…

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EURRECA – Meeting individual need

2011-10-19

In an interview with EUFIC at EURRECA’s 5th Integrating Meeting, Dr Jildau Bouwman, from TNO in the Netherlands, explains EURRECA's work studying individual differences in micronutrient requirements and how micronutrients are interlinked in the physiological network.

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EURRECA - Towards a common approach for setting micronutrient recommendations

2011-10-10

In an interview with EUFIC at EURRECA’s 5th Integrating Meeting, Dr Pieter van’t Veer, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Wageningen University, explains EURRECA's work reviewing the literature relevant to setting micronutrient recommendations and how this has been used to develop a common methodology.

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18th European Congress on Obesity gathering researchers from across the world

2011-08-29

The 18th European Congress on Obesity took place from 25-28 May 2011, in Istanbul, Turkey. In this podcast, six key speakers at the conference were interviewed.…

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EATWELL results: how can private sector marketing techniques help improve public health?

2011-08-08

The EU funded project EATWELL (Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating Habits: Evaluation and Recommendations) aims to provide European Member States with best practice guidelines for developing policy interventions to encourage healthy eating across Europe.…

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Healthy lifestyles for European adolescents: next steps for HELENA results

2011-07-13

Now that HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) has drawn to a close, coordinator Professor Luis Moreno of the University of Zaragoza, Spain, gives a new interview discussing the significance of the research and the next steps in the field, as well as plans for disseminating some of their new findings. 

 

 

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An introduction to the sweetener Stevia and a description of its evaluation by EFSA

2011-06-09

A podcast to introduce the sweetener Stevia and a description of its evaluation by EFSA.…

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What's new in obesity research - Highlights from the 11th International Congress on Obesity 2010

2011-04-13

Organised by the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) the 11th International Congress of Obesity took place in Stockholm 11th to 15th of July 2010. The Congress gathered scientists from around the globe to present their latest research findings and to discuss how these might affect efforts to halt and reverse the obesity epidemic. In this podcast, EUFIC interviewed key speakers at the conference regarding the projects they are involved in.…

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EURRECA - The way towards standardised micronutrient recommendations in Europe

2011-01-18

In this podcast members of the EURRECA Scientific and Users Advisory Groups explain what they believe are the main strengths and the most relevant outputs of the EURRECA Network of Excellence.…

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Nutrition, overweight and obesity in Europe

2010-12-16

December has been a busy month for the European Commission, and Despina Spanou, Principal Adviser at the Directorate General for Health and Consumers, talks to EUFIC, about Europe’s Nutrition Strategy mid-term progress report, the evaluation of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, the OECD/EC report “Health at a Glance: Europe 2010”, and the Belgian Presidency/EC Conference on Monitoring and Evaluation of EU and Member States’ strategies on nutrition, overweight and obesity-related health issues.…

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FoodRisC - Communicating food risks and benefits

2010-12-06

Consumers are constantly faced with new information regarding the health and safety of their food. However, recent evidence suggests consumers remain concerned over their food supply. Understanding current barriers to communicating the risks and benefits of food and identifying potential remedies for such challenges are the objectives of the European Commission-funded project FoodRisC. This project seeks to produce a practical toolkit that enables effective and balanced food risk communication.

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Read up! Are consumers paying attention to nutrition labels?

2010-08-20

In response to the prevalence of diet-related diseases, governments and food companies increasingly promote nutrition information on food labels to help the consumer make healthy, informed food choices. The 3-year EU Seventh Framework-funded project FLABEL (Food Labelling to Advance Better Education for Life), will provide state-of-the-art science on nutrition labels and consumer behaviour as well as best practice guidelines for future research, industry and policy-makers.

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Podcast: EATWELL (Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating Habits: Evaluation and Recommendations)

2010-04-15

The EU-funded project EATWELL has been initiated in response to the many policy interventions that have been launched in Europe addressing unhealthy diets - the promotion of fruit and vegetable consumption, nutrition labelling, regulation of school meals and public sector canteens, have they been shown to be effective? If not, how can that be improved? EATWELL is tasked with finding these answers. In a podcast interview with EUFIC, EATWELL’s coordinator, Professor Bruce Traill, outlines the key aims and objectives of this important research programme.…

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The World Health Organization exposes myths about foodborne disease

2010-04-08

At the 6th World Congress of Science Journalists, epidemiologist Dr Claudia Stein from the World Health Organization explained why food safety matters and exposed eleven myths about foodborne diseases.…

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Consumer perception of nutrition and health claims

2010-03-01

The latest Regulation by the European Commission on nutrition and health claims on foods has now been adopted and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is currently assessing numerous potential claims for their scientific substantiation. In a podcast interview, EUFIC spoke with Prof. Klaus Grunert and Prof. Wim Verbeke, two renowned experts in consumer research, about how consumers perceive different claims in different product contexts.

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Overcoming the barriers to physical activity

2009-08-18

In June 2009, the Conference of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity took place in Cascais, Portugal. The conference gathered experts from around the globe to discuss effective interventions for the control of obesity and other diseases related to poor diet and inactivity. In a podcast interview, EUFIC spoke with Dr. Mikael Fogelholm, Director of the Health Research Unit at the Academy of Finland, about what keeps people from being physically active and how those barriers could be overcome.

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International Expert Meeting on Health Significance of Fat Quality of the Diet

2009-08-03

An international expert meeting, focusing on the "Health significance of fat quality of the diet", took place in Barcelona on 1st and 2nd February 2009. This podcast gathers the feedback of three key experts who actively participated in this meeting and represent the viewpoints of governmental organisations, science communicators and academics.…

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4th Anniversary of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity & Health

2009-04-20

To mark the fourth anniversary of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity & Health, Robert Madelin, Director General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) of the European Commission speaks to EUFIC about the maturation of this multi-stakeholder platform, the power of co-operative voluntarism, with accelerated outputs to address nutrition and health issues in Europe.

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HELENA study announces its final research results

2009-01-19

In an interview with EUFIC, coordinator of the EU-funded HELENA study, Professor Luis Moreno of the University of Zaragoza (Spain), outlines the key findings from this groundbreaking research programme.…

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

2008-10-22

In an interview with EUFIC, Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle explains the agency’s role and current activities, and considers the challenges of managing food safety in Europe.

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Living longer healthier lives through increased physical activity

2008-06-20

In the second of two podcasts recorded recently at the Second International Conference on Physical Activity & Public Health (ICPAPH) in Amsterdam, EUFIC spoke with Professors Nick Wareham and Ken Fox about the important part that physical activity can play in reducing the risk of chronic diseases and increasing mental well-being.…

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The consequences of sedentary lifestyles & why we should be physically active

2008-05-23

In the first of two podcasts recorded recently at the Second International Conference on Physical Activity & Public Health (ICPAPH) in Amsterdam, EUFIC spoke with Professors Steven Blair and Stuart Biddle about the impact of sedentary lifestyle behaviours and the conducive environments that support inactivity. Professor Blair details the risk associated with cardiovascular disease whilst Professor Biddle focuses on inactivity amongst Europe’s adolescents.

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Food in Action Conference, November 29th and 30th 2007 - Podcast

2007-11-21

Food in Action 2007 looks at the motivational and behavioural aspects of obesity. Starting with how food choice develops in a young age, through consumer’s attitudes and behaviour towards food label information, Food in Action 2007 investigates the influence of the environment and the importance that psychological aspects play in the onset of obesity in an early age. Finally, the important role of physical activity in energy balance is tackled, together with ongoing initiatives and programmes aiming at finding solutions.

Listen to the nearby introductory podcast with EUFIC's Director General Dr. Josephine Wills, and to listen to all of the conference procedings, go to

www.eufic.org/webinars/foodinaction/index.htm

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European Commission seeks action in response to their Nutrition White Paper

2007-09-19

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Robert Madelin, Director General of the European Commission’s DG SANCO, discusses in his latest interview with EUFIC, the implications of the EU White Paper on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity related health issues and what can be expected in the months ahead.…

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Badenweiler-Konferenz "Gesundheitliche Prävention, Ernährung und Bewegung"

2007-04-20

Viel Bewegung und eine ausgewogene Ernährung sind Schlüsselelemente eines gesunden Lebensstils. Das ist die zentrale Botschaft der Konferenz "Gesundheitliche Prävention, Ernährung und Bewegung - Schlüssel für mehr Lebensqualität", die gemeinsam vom Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz und dem Bundesministerium für Gesundheit veranstaltet wurde. Die Konferenz fand im Rahmen der deutschen Ratspräsidentschaft statt und wird von der Europäischen Kommission finanziell unterstützt.

Während der Konferenz sprach Dr. Josephine Wills, Generaldirektorin des European Food Information Council EUFIC, mit Dr. Gerd Müller, dem Parlamentarischen Staatssekretär des Ministeriums für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz, Professor Alfred Rütten von der Universität Erlangen und Professor Dr. Erik Harms, Professor für Kinderheilkunde an der Universität Münster und Vorsitzender der deutschen "Plattform Ernährung und Bewegung".

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2nd Anniversary of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity & Health

2007-03-14

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In celebration of the second anniversary of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity & Health, Robert Madelin, Director General for Public Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) of the European Commission speaks frankly to EUFIC about what has been achieved, what could be improved and the role of the EU Platform in future EU policy making.

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Global Consumer attitudes to nutrition information on food labels

2006-12-21

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Do consumers around the world know how much they should be eating? Do they know the energy content of the foods they eat? Do consumers read the nutrition information on label, do they understand what it means, and do they use it when choosing foods?

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The European Food Information Council: Interview with Robert Madelin, DG SANCO

2006-08-04

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In this interview with EUFIC's Director General, Dr. Josephine Wills, Robert Madelin explains the important role that the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health plays in the overall Public Health strategy for Europe.…

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Managing sweetness

2006-06-28

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People are born liking the sensation of sweetness. At a scientific conference in Brussels in June 2006, Dr. Josephine Wills asked a number of European scientists how people can manage sweetness as part of a healthy diet.…

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