25 July 2019
The EU needs rules on chemicals in coffee cups, straws and other paper food packaging, consumer test shows
A new lab test shows that food packaging made of coloured paper and cardboard - such as coffee cups and straws - may contain and release chemicals originating from the inks used for printing. Paper is the second most used food packaging material after plastic. Unlike plastics, however, there are no EU rules governing paper’s use as a food contact material.
07 June 2019
Today is the first ever World Food Safety Day . To mark the occasion, we have assessed the outgoing EU Commission’s legacy of making our food safer as well as the challenges that lie ahead for the upcoming one. How has the EU improved food safety? Since April 2018, the EU requires food makers to cut cancer-causing acrylamide in crisps, chips, biscuits and other starchy foods that are cooked at high temperature. Processed foods such as biscuits, pizzas and wafers...
20 May 2019
Today, seven national consumer organisations from the European Consumer Organisation’s (BEUC) network are launching a petition calling for the roll out of Nutri-Score across Europe on food and drink packaging. It is the first time that consumer groups are joining forces to start a European Citizens’ Initiative, coordinated by French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir.
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