Qualité Nutritionnelle

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.

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.

Health and nutrition claims in infant formulas

An international cross-sectional study recently published in the British Medical Journal found that infant diet products communicated from 1 to 4 health and nutrition claims. The authors pointed out that 2/3 of the products with at least one claim did not provide any reference. When registered clinical studies were referenced, the authors noted a high risk of bias.

The Dutch Master plan for protein transition

The project named Economically-Powered Protein Transition through Innovation in Chains (EPPIC) has for objectives to increase production and consumption of crops high in protein and consequently to accelerate the protein transition in the Netherlands. The EPPIC project catalyses €2.6 billion in economic activity and contributes significantly to reduce greenhouse gas emission in the country.

In France, about 50% of total protein intake should be animal-based to meet nutritional recommendations on non-protein nutrients according to age and sex

Nutritional recommendations for a sustainable and healthy diet include plenty of variety in the consumption of minimally processed plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, unrefined grains, legumes, etc.) and moderate amounts of animal food sources. This study provides factual information on the contribution of animal protein to total protein meeting all recommendations without additional cost.

FDA webinar on the update of the definition of “healthy”: october 21st

the FDA organised a webinar on october 21st to provide an overview of its proposed rule to update the definition of “healthy” nutrient

FDA proposes to update the definition of ‘healthy’ on food labeling for US food market

The proposed rule would update the definition for the implied nutrient content claim ‘healthy’ to better account for how all the nutrients in various food groups contribute and may work synergistically to create healthy dietary patterns and improve health. Under the proposed definition for the updated “healthy” claim, which is based on current nutrition science, more foods that are part of a healthy dietary pattern and recommended by the Dietary Guidelines would be eligible to use the claim on their labeling, including nuts and seeds, higher fat fish (such as salmon), certain oils and water.

New participatory science project from INRAE/MGPS and AP-HP in France: “Le French Gut”

This unprecedented participatory science project, led by MetaGenoPolis/INRAE and the AP-HP, is part of a global dynamic and opens up promising prospects for the development of innovative health approaches. This ambitious project, estimated at €32 million over 5 years, is part of the One health concept and contributes to one of INRAE 2030’s strategic objectives of promoting a global approach to health.

Nutri-Score in Romania: senators reject it and ask for a new food labeling

USR Constanța senator Remus Negoi gave a speech in the Senate plenary session regarding the legislative initiative of USR deputy Adrian Wiener, concerning voluntary nutrition labeling “Nutri-Score and the importance of a healthy diet.

Focus on the EHPM model for setting maximum and minimum amounts of vitamins and minerals in food supplements

The calculation model was published and presented to the Commission in December 2021.