25 January 2018

Misleading food claims: 9 years and counting for EU to act

It’s already 9 years that BEUC and its member organisations began calling for nutrient profiles to be adopted. These tools would help slash the number of health and nutrition claims which give a healthy halo to unhealthy foods.
19 January 2018
13 December 2017

Bad news: EU Parliament allows use of unnecessary phosphates in kebabs

The European Parliament just failed – by three votes – to block a proposal from the EU Commission to authorise the use of phosphates in döner kebabs and gyros1. Although phosphate additives are not allowed in these meat preparations, some producers have been unlawfully adding them in kebab meat sold across the EU. There are concerns over their health effects and their water-binding properties, which manufacturers could abuse to bulk out meat with water.

Our work areas

Consumers expect the food on their plate to be of good quality and safe. But this is not always the case, as recent safety-related scandals have brought to light. Since food safety cannot be taken for granted, BEUC’s role is to ensure that consumers can trust in a safe food supply in the EU.

Also, while new technologies have the potential to bring benefits to consumers, they must be closely monitored as they may also present health risks.

For BEUC, consumers should be able to make informed choices – be it by having clear and understandable information on food packaging, or ensuring that health messages on food products are scientifically justified. BEUC also works to ensure vulnerable groups such as children are not targeted with unhealthy foods high in fat, salt and sugar.

Our objectives

  • Facilitate informed and healthy choices by consumers, including vulnerable groups
  • Prevent misleading information and ensure that information can be trusted
  • Protect children from the promotion of unhealthy food
  • Ensure food sold to consumers is safe and sustainable


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The European Consumer Organisation
Europäischer Verbraucherverband
Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs

Rue d'Arlon, 80 Bte 1 
B - 1040 Bruxelles

Tel: +32 2 743 15 93
E-mail: food@beuc.eu

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Senior Food Policy Officer
Camille Perrin
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Food Policy Officer
Emma Calvert
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Communications Officer
Pauline Constant
Carmen Martin