consumers and public health

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Citizens’ enquiries on rules concerning lead concentration in PVC

The President of the European Parliament has received a large number of messages calling for the European Parliament to reject a Commission proposal to amend the rules concerning lead concentration in PVC. Continue reading

Plant protection products: Friend or foe of future farming?

The STOA workshop ‘Farming without agro-chemicals’, which took place on 6 March 2019, gave participants an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the impact of plant protection products (PPPs) on food production, and the perspectives of all the different stakeholders in the discussion on PPPs were explored. Continue reading

Food Contact Materials – Regulation (EC) 1935/2004: European Implementation Assessment

Written by Ekaterina Karamfilova, Food contact materials (FCMs) are widely used in everyday life in the form of food packaging, kitchen utensils, tableware, etc. When put in contact with food, the different materials may behave differently and transfer their constituents to the food. Thus, if ingested in large quantities, FCM chemicals might endanger human health, … Continue reading

The public health dimension of the European migrant crisis

Written by Nicole Scholz Europe is currently experiencing an unprecedented influx of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants. European Union Member States are faced with a pressing need to address, among other issues, the resulting public health consequences. The challenges for public health authorities relate to migrants’ individual health problems, whether these affect the resident … Continue reading

Can processed and red meat cause cancer? The World Health Organization’s classification raises concerns

Written by Nicole Scholz On 26 October 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that it has classified processed meat as ‘carcinogenic to humans’, and red meat as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’. Stakeholder responses have varied from putting things into perspective, to criticising the … Continue reading

Updating rules on novel foods to keep up with scientific advances

Written by Tarja Laaninen To protect public health, new foods or food ingredients (‘novel foods’) require safety assessment and authorisation before they can be placed on the EU market. The current authorisation process covering novel foods is seen by the food industry as complex, expensive and time-consuming. In addition, stakeholders agree that updating the current … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: Consumer programme

Written by Gianluca Sgueo and Jana Valant Consumer spending accounts for 57% of EU gross domestic product (GDP), which makes European consumers key to stimulating growth in the European economy. Between 2008 and 2010, the volume of intra-EU trade in consumer products amounted to almost €1 trillion. In 2013, the European Commission estimated the value of … Continue reading

‘EU can and must do more’ – April II plenary session

Written by Clare Ferguson and Tessa Tumbrägel MEPs will head to Strasbourg for Parliament’s next plenary session, from 27 to 30 April, with plenty of legislative work on environmental, financial and socio-cultural concerns on the agenda. Uppermost on the EU agenda this month is the issue of asylum and irregular migration, as the crisis in the … Continue reading

Alcohol policy in the EU – State of play March 2015

Written by Teresa Lopez Garcia and Adela Maghear The 2006 EU Alcohol Strategy officially came to an end in December 2012. A report published in December 2012 evaluated the impact of this strategy and concluded that it was still very relevant and had brought about positive added value in terms of addressing alcohol-related harm. Although … Continue reading

World AIDS Day 2014: Closing the gap

Written by Nicole Scholz Every year, 1 December marks World AIDS Day. It was proclaimed by the United Nations in 1988 and is probably the most recognised of all international health days. Its main aim is to raise awareness. It’s an opportunity for people around the globe to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their solidarity … Continue reading

Health and technology in life sciences

We are seeing developments in biotechnology that seem futuristic, such as computing systems at clinical testing stages used as ‘sensitive interaction partners’ for the elderly that help to provide care in response to individual needs. Such developments raise a range of questions. To what extent should humans use technology to enhance life? And how can … Continue reading

European patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare

Directive 2011/24/EU on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare is an important achievement of the ‘patient empowerment’ policy of the EC and an essential requirement enabling European citizens to benefit from cross-border healthcare services. It is a natural extension of the fundamental freedoms enshrined into the EU Treaties. In its landmark pronouncements in the Kohll and … Continue reading

Sécurité des consommateurs renforcée

5 language versions available in PDF format Gestärkte Verbrauchersicherheit Refuerzo de la seguridad de los consumidores Sicurezza dei consumatori rafforzata Lepsza ochrona konsumentów Sécurité des consommateurs renforcée La sécurité des produits constitue une condition nécessaire à la libre circulation des produits dans l’Union européenne (UE). Elle est indispensable pour assurer la protection des consommateurs et … Continue reading

Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package

The Ex-Ante Impact Assessment unit of EPRS has recently produced, at the request of the IMCO Committee, two papers in relation to the ‘Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package’, which was adopted by the European Commission in February 2013. A ‘health check’ on the Commission’s Impact Assessment This detailed appraisal analyses two aspects of the … Continue reading

Impact of a potential EU-US FTA (TTIP) on consumer protection and food safety

In its Interim Report to Leaders, 19 June 2012 (the final report was due end 2012, but still not published as of Feb. 2013), the Co-Chairs EU-U.S. High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth states on p.3, that “In order to set the most constructive stage for U.S.-EU discussions during the hoped-for negotiations, we … Continue reading

The EU’s policy on alcohol

In the context of the rise of non-communicable diseases, alcohol-related harm is a major public health concern for the European population. Europe has the highest proportion of drinkers in the world, the highest levels of alcohol consumption per capita and a high level of alcohol-related harm. Alcohol consumption is accountable for over 15% of all … Continue reading

EU health programme for 2014 to 2020

6 language versions available in PDF format Gesundheitsprogramm der EU für 2014 bis 2020 Programa de Salud de la UE 2014-2020 Le programme de l’Union européenne dans le domaine de la santé 2014-2020 Programma dell’UE in materia di sanità 2014 2020 Program działań UE w dziedzinie zdrowia na lata 2014–2020 EU health programme for 2014 … Continue reading

Tackling food waste: The EU’s contribution to a global issue

Updated on 30/11/2016 Written by Ivana Katsarova, In spite of the availability of food, there is still malnutrition in the world. Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final consumers. In developed countries, a significant amount of food is wasted at the consumption stage, meaning that it … Continue reading

The Added Value of EU policy for Airline services and air passenger rights

Updated on 07 July 2014 Over the last three decades, the institutions of the European Union have played a crucial role in developing a functioning single market for air passenger services in Europe. Specific policies have been pursued at European level to open up the previously fragmented and largely protected national aviation markets which existed … Continue reading

Fighting food fraud

The horsemeat scandal, which hit the EU at the beginning of 2013, put the European food sector under the spotlight. Tests carried out in the wake of the crisis revealed that public health was not at risk and that this was a case of food fraud rather than food safety. However, the episode dented consumer … Continue reading

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