Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Credibility crucial in industry's contribution to fighting obesity

28.11.2007
“Industry has a key responsibility in fighting obesity, by improving food products and helping consumers to identify the healthy choice. Credibility and measuring effectiveness are crucial”.

This was the key message of Cees ‘t Hart, chairman of the Choices International Foundation, to an audience of some 100 European opinion formers at a lunch debate last month, organised jointly by Friends of Europe and the Choices International Foundation. He explained why and how Campina, Friesland Foods and Unilever have set up an international multi-stakeholder programme for front-of-pack labelling that is open for any food company to join.

Basil Mathioudakis, responsible for food law and nutrition at DG Sanco, responded by saying that he was happy to see that the Choices Programme is an integrated approach, consistent with the views the Commission laid out in its White Paper on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity related health issues. “It is good to see that the Choices Foundation is setting up a scientifically sound evaluation scheme to measure the actual effect of the Choices Programme on public health”.

Léon Jansen, secretary to the independent Scientific Committee of the Choices Programme, stressed that the credibility of the programme is safeguarded by independent scrutiny at four levels: 1) the Scientific Committee sets the qualifying criteria by which healthy options are identified, 2) an accredited certifying agency evaluates whether products are eligible for the Choices stamp, 3) an independent auditing company checks composition and on-pack information of products on the market and 4) a science-led evaluation programme measures the effects on consumer awareness, purchasing behaviour, sales figures, progress in product reformulation and innovation and the overall effect on diet and public health.

The Choices programme is a world-wide initiative set up to make the healthy choice the easy choice. It has introduced a simple front-of-pack stamp on food products that have passed an evaluation against a set of qualifying criteria based on international dietary guidelines. It has two key objectives: 1) to help consumers quickly identify healthy choices at the moment of purchase and 2) to encourage food industries to improve the composition of their products. The programme is increasingly adopted by companies in food industry, retail and catering, including small and medium enterprises.

Jup van 't Veld | alfa
Further information:
http://www.choicesinternational.org

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht The genes are not to blame
20.07.2018 | Technische Universität München

nachricht Targeting headaches and tumors with nano-submarines
20.07.2018 | Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Future electronic components to be printed like newspapers

A new manufacturing technique uses a process similar to newspaper printing to form smoother and more flexible metals for making ultrafast electronic devices.

The low-cost process, developed by Purdue University researchers, combines tools already used in industry for manufacturing metals on a large scale, but uses...

Im Focus: First evidence on the source of extragalactic particles

For the first time ever, scientists have determined the cosmic origin of highest-energy neutrinos. A research group led by IceCube scientist Elisa Resconi, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center SFB1258 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), provides an important piece of evidence that the particles detected by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole originate from a galaxy four billion light-years away from Earth.

To rule out other origins with certainty, the team led by neutrino physicist Elisa Resconi from the Technical University of Munich and multi-wavelength...

Im Focus: Magnetic vortices: Two independent magnetic skyrmion phases discovered in a single material

For the first time a team of researchers have discovered two different phases of magnetic skyrmions in a single material. Physicists of the Technical Universities of Munich and Dresden and the University of Cologne can now better study and understand the properties of these magnetic structures, which are important for both basic research and applications.

Whirlpools are an everyday experience in a bath tub: When the water is drained a circular vortex is formed. Typically, such whirls are rather stable. Similar...

Im Focus: Breaking the bond: To take part or not?

Physicists working with Roland Wester at the University of Innsbruck have investigated if and how chemical reactions can be influenced by targeted vibrational excitation of the reactants. They were able to demonstrate that excitation with a laser beam does not affect the efficiency of a chemical exchange reaction and that the excited molecular group acts only as a spectator in the reaction.

A frequently used reaction in organic chemistry is nucleophilic substitution. It plays, for example, an important role in in the synthesis of new chemical...

Im Focus: New 2D Spectroscopy Methods

Optical spectroscopy allows investigating the energy structure and dynamic properties of complex quantum systems. Researchers from the University of Würzburg present two new approaches of coherent two-dimensional spectroscopy.

"Put an excitation into the system and observe how it evolves." According to physicist Professor Tobias Brixner, this is the credo of optical spectroscopy....

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Leading experts in Diabetes, Metabolism and Biomedical Engineering discuss Precision Medicine

13.07.2018 | Event News

Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP: Fine Tuning for Surfaces

12.07.2018 | Event News

11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium 2018: Meeting point for the wood-based materials industry

03.07.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

A smart safe rechargeable zinc ion battery based on sol-gel transition electrolytes

20.07.2018 | Power and Electrical Engineering

Reversing cause and effect is no trouble for quantum computers

20.07.2018 | Information Technology

Princeton-UPenn research team finds physics treasure hidden in a wallpaper pattern

20.07.2018 | Materials Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>