News : Regulation, Food & Health

“I Feel Good” Show: 19 et 20 september, Paris

Les 19 et 20 septembre 2023 à l’espace Champerret de Paris se tiendra le salon “I Feel good” by BPIFrance (le salon international dédié au bien-être et au développement durable). Le salon ouvrira ses portes à partir de 9h et mettra en avant les produits innovants et verts, ainsi que les ressources naturelles et renouvelables pour créer des produits de santé et bien-être écologiques, des ingrédients jusqu’aux produits. ​

Ferment’IA conference: September 13, Paris

On September 13, 2023, a day dedicated to Ferments of the Future will be held, dedicated to researchers in artificial intelligence and data science! The objective of the Ferments of the Future Grand Challenge (2023-2030) is to innovate in the field of ferments and fermented foods to respond to the challenges of health, climate change and adaptation to consumer expectations.

Choline contributes to normal liver function in the fetus and exclusively breastfed infants

On June 22, 2023, the European Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion recognizing the contribution of choline to the normal hepatic function of the fetus and exclusively breastfed infants. She recognized the scientific basis of this effect on health following the request for a health claim on this subject.

Extension of conditions of use of the novel food ‘astaxanthin-rich oleoresin from Haematococcus pluvialis algae’ in the EU

On 1 August 2023, the EU Commission published implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/1581 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 as regards the conditions of use of the novel food ‘astaxanthin-rich oleoresin from Haematococcus pluvialis algae’. The new Regulation extends the conditions of use in food supplements for children aged 3 to less than 10 years and for adolescents aged 10 to less than 14 years of age (1).

The SACN (UK) raises uncertainties on  the negative impact of processed food intakes on health.

In autumn 2022, the British Department of Health and Social Care requested to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) to take a position regarding food processing and health. The SACN raises uncertainties on the evidence related to food processing and health in a statement published on 11 July 2023.

The use of the term probiotic in France, Italy and Spain: a comparative analysis

Since the beginning of 2023, it is possible to use the word probiotic on food supplements in France. Here follows a comparison with the situation in Italy and in Spain.

Italy plans the prohibition of cultured meat

The bill, which contains provisions banning the production and marketing of animal cell-based cultured food and feed, was proposed by the Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry and the Minister of Health, and approved by the Council of Ministers.

The in vitro “meat” in France

Better supervision and control of technology is the Senate’s vigilance recommendation. The Committee on Economic Affairs in the Senate recalled its anthropological, ethical, cultural and, in short, political opposition to the development of “cellular foods”. Promising on paper (environment, animal welfare), this innovation according to the Senate, will in no way be essential in the food transition, and would not be without impact on livestock farming. It then made eighteen recommendations grouped into three areas respectively focused on the authorization process strengthening, the information to consumer and research.

Nutri-Score calculation changes for beverages

The right to use Nutri-Score is optional and free. It was implemented for the first time in France in 2017, based on the work of the team of Pr. Serge Hercberg as well as the expertise of the National Health Security Agency (ANSES) and the High Council of Public Health (HCSP). Since its launch in France, several countries have decided to recommend its use: Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The logo is awarded on the basis of a score taking into account, for 100 g or 100 mL of product, the content: of nutrients and foods to promote (fibers, proteins, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, rapeseed oil , nuts and olives) and nutrients to limit (energy, saturated fatty acids, sugars, salt). The Nutri-Score of drinks has been modified.

EFSA scientific Colloquium on the safety of foods derived from cell cultures

EFSA is organizing a two-day scientific symposium on May 11 to gather scientific views and opinions from representatives of European, international and national agencies, technology companies as well as food operators, consumer groups and a range of individuals and other organizations interested in the issue of the safety of foods derived from cell cultures.