Governments are subjecting commercial communication concerning the relationship between foods/foodstuffs and human health to various types of evaluation, scrutiny, and control. In this process, legal scrutiny of commercial speech by courts of law is substituted by scrutiny of scientific bodies or panels with expertise in the field of assessing research performed in the field of nutrition and human health. This we will address and critique with an eye of moving forward out of this conundrum.
Chapter: Food regulation around the world
Against the background of global harmonization through scientific consensus, this chapter provides an inventory of approaches to the regulation of food and related issues in a variety of jurisdictions around the world. To each jurisdiction, a separate section is dedicated. Each section has been written by an author well versed in the jurisdiction at issue. The sections can be read as independent texts.
Article: EFSA – Safety evaluation of glucosylated steviol glycosides as a food additive in different food categories
The EFSA Panel on Food Additive and Flavourings (FAF) assessed the safety of glucosylated steviol glycosides proposed for use as a new food additive in different food categories. The Panel considered that the metabolism of glucosylated steviol glycosides is sufficiently similar to the already authorised steviol glycosides, and thus, the toxicological data previously assessed by the ANS Panel for steviol glycosides (E 960) were considered to support their safety as food additive. The existing acceptable daily intake (ADI) for steviol glycosides (E 960) of 4 mg/kg body weight (bw) per day expressed as steviol can also be applied to glucosylated steviol glycosides. The Panel concluded that there is no safety concern for the use of glucosylated steviol glycosides as a new food additive at the proposed use and use levels. The Panel recommended some modifications to the specifications proposed by the applicant for glucosylated steviol glycosides with respect to the assay, the definition of the proposed new food additive and the proposed maximum limits for arsenic.
Around the World – Italy: Presentation of the “Nutrinform Battery” food labelling system, the Italian alternative to the “Nutriscore” traffic-light system
The “Nutrinform Battery” nutritional labelling system will be presented in the Farnesina’s Conference Hall at 10:30 on 15 February 2022. The Nutrinform Battery system has been proposed by Italy as part of the negotiations to harmonise the European Union’s food labelling system.
Nutrinform Battery is the food labelling system supported by Italy in the EU negotiations as an alternative to the Nutriscore traffic-light system. Nutrinform is a non-discriminatory system based on objective, manipulation-proof data. The information is used to measure the nutritional value of people’s overall diet, rather than different categories of food. This makes it an important tool to encourage more informed choices by consumers and more responsible behaviour by producers. It also respects the unique features of the Mediterranean Diet, which enjoys UNESCO Intangible World Heritage status, and traditional diets.
The Americas – Panama: Project on nutritional labeling analyzed
The subcommittee of Labor, Health and Social Development met to study the bill 265 on front nutritional warning labeling, proposed by Congresswoman Yaidelis González.
The purpose of the initiative is to implement and regulate the front nutritional warning labeling on the containers and/or packaging of pre-packaged processed food products for human consumption, in order to protect the health and welfare of the population in Panama.