20 October 2021

‘Farm to Fork’: EU Parliament calls for much needed food system overhaul

The European Parliament just lent strong support to the ‘Farm to Fork Strategy’, setting the EU on the path towards a more sustainable food system. The European Consumer organisation (BEUC) applauds MEPs for adopting an ambitious position and resisting pressure to water down their stance.
27 September 2021

Children massively targeted by unhealthy food ads: consumer groups’ snapshot exposes blatant need for binding EU rules

Food companies’ commitment to market their products responsibly blatantly fails to protect European children from ads praising unhealthy foods. That is the outcome of a snapshot survey BEUC and ten of its member organisations1 carried out in spring 2021 as part of a project initiated by Professor Amandine Garde of the University of Liverpool.2 With ample evidence that industry self-regulation of food marketing to children is not working, the consumer groups advocate for binding EU rules.
04 May 2021

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

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Senior Food Policy Officer
Camille Perrin
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Senior Food Policy Officer
Nelleke Polderman (seconded)
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Senior Food Policy Officer
Emma Calvert (on leave)
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Head of Communications
Pauline Constant
Carmen Martin