15 December 2020
The EU’s German Presidency has just adopted conclusions on food labelling. Sadly, what were originally intended to be Council conclusions – signed off by all Member States – have been downgraded to non-unanimous Presidency conclusions, which send a weaker message.
28 October 2020
Last week (Friday 23 October), the European Parliament voted that plant-based foods could keep using meaty names such as soy ‘sausage’ or tofu ‘steak’. As they voted on the mammoth Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package, MEPs rejected proposals seeking to reserve meat-related names for products containing meat.
29 September 2020
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.
- 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