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.
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.
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.
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 cannabidiol, CBD, an active substance most often of natural origin, is one of the phyto-cannabinoids. CBD, as the tétrahydrocannabinol (THC ), is present in the cannabis flowers and leaves. It is a non-addictive psychotropic drug, unlike THC. It is also a component in the form of an extract, medicine, or everyday consumer products, only some of which are authorised in France under specific conditions of THC content. In addition, CBD is considered at European level as a novel food whose safety is currently being assessed by EFSA.
Following an exploration of potential regulatory pathways for cannabidiol (CBD) products by an internal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) working group, the FDA concluded on January 26, 2023, that a new regulatory pathway for CBD is needed to provide the regulatory oversight necessary to manage risk. The Agency is prepared to work with Congress on this issue.
The impact of the rhythm of daily physical activity (here called “chronoactivity”) on the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains unknown. The aim of this study is to examine the associations between chronoactivity and different cardiovascular outcomes based on physical activity data from the UK-Biobank.
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.
Vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is essential for the proper functioning of our body and plays a decisive role in the quality of bone tissue. It is provided by food (dairy products, fish, eggs) and is produced by skin exposed to the sun. However, more than 1 in 3 French people fail to meet their physiological vitamin D3 needs, which is a major public health concern. Indeed, a vitamin D3 deficiency exposes people to known risks for human health, in particular during periods of growth. Pediatric societies recommend routine vitamin D supplementation for children to prevent rickets and for the elderly to avoid osteoporosis.
On 10 June 2022, the EU Commission published a recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial. This recommendation clarifies the definition adopted by the European Commission in 2011 (Recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial 2011/696/EU).