EU policies for healthy food environments – What role for all stakeholders?
At a time of rising obesity and non-communicable diseases, EU policy-makers have committed to address this shared challenge. The European Commission has made healthier diets one of the priorities of this mandate, and different public health and food policies aiming to achieve healthier food environments are being developed within the framework of the Farm to Fork Strategy.
These efforts are all the more urgent in the current reality of the Covid-19 pandemic. There is growing evidence that chronic health conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, are associated with increased risk and severity of COVID-19 outcomes.
In the pursuit of healthier food environments for EU citizens, as part of an inclusive whole-of-society approach, industry has been called upon to contribute to a sustainable food system, for example by reformulating products and providing healthier options. In this context, low or no calorie sweeteners are seen as a useful tool to help manufacturers achieve products with less sugar and fewer calories, while still being palatable to consumers.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss current and forthcoming EU food policies that aim to create healthy food environments for EU citizens. Questions to be addressed include:
-How can the food industry contribute to a healthier food environment?
-What role can food ingredients such as low and no calorie sweeteners play in achieving healthy and sustainable diets?
-What is the best way to build consumer trust in food and food ingredients? How can science help with this?
Christine Schneider MEP, Member ENVI Committee, Substitute AGRI Committee, European Parliament
Stineke Oenema, Executive Secretary, UN Nutrition
Emma Calvert, Senior Food Policy Officer, BEUC
Valentina Nolli, Head of Quality Assurance Own Brand Food, METRO AG
Anne Raben, Professor, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen
Jennifer Baker, Journalist EURACTIV
10:30 - 10:35 Welcome
10:35 - 10:50 Panellist statements
10:50 - 11:40 Discussion and Q&A
11:40 - 11:45 Closing statements
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