Article: Lobbying and nutrition policy in Canada: a quantitative descriptive study on stakeholder interactions with government officials in the context of Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy

The political activities of industry stakeholders must be understood to safeguard the development and implementation of effective public health policies.

Results suggest a strategic advantage of industry stakeholders in influencing Canadian policymakers. While some safeguards have been put in place, increased transparency would allow for a better understanding of industry discourse and help protect public health interests during the policy development process.

Brazil: 2nd workshop on the regulation of food supplements

The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa in Portuguese), the United States Pharmacopeia (U.S. Pharmacopeia – USP) and the Union of the Pharmaceutical Industry of the State of São Paulo (Sindusfarma) will hold, next week, the 2nd workshop on regulation of dietary supplements. Scheduled for Wednesday (6/1) and Thursday (6/2), starting at 9 am, the event will be held through the Zoom platform.

The meeting will address the regularization of dietary supplements in Brazil, as well as Good Manufacturing Practices and Inspection of irregular products sold online. In addition, the workshop will feature sessions and updates related to probiotics to ensure the quality of dietary supplements.

Article: Weight stigma in Mexico and front-of-package labeling. A systemic review

Front-of-package food labeling is a public health strategy implemented to reduce the consumption
of processed food to decrease the incidence of obesity in Mexico. Although there is an increasing focus among public health officials on implementing policies designed to address obesity, much less attention has been paid to how these policies could impact those with disordered eating, despite the fact that millions suffer from such illnesses. Objective. The aim of this article is to present scientific literature related to front-of-package labeling and its impact on obesity and eating disorders. Method. Papers related to nutrition labels and obesity and eating disorders were reviewed. Results. The papers reviewed found no significant improvement regarding the consumption of processed food. Other measurements, including nutritional education, availability, physical education, and body-image acceptance, have a better impact on nutritional health. Discussion and conclusion. Front-of-package labeling is regarded as an important measure in the attempt to reduce obesity levels. However, there is insufficient scientific evidence to suggest that this type of labeling reduces the consumption of processed foods in patients with obesity.

EU: Draft  Commission  Regulation  amending  Annexes  II  to  Regulation  (EC)  No 1333/2008  of  the  European  Parliament  and  of  the  Council  as regards  the use of ascorbic acid (E300), sodium ascorbate (E 301) and calcium ascorbate (E302) in tuna

The proposal sets, in the interest of legal certainty, a maximum level for the use of ascorbic acid (E 300), sodium ascorbate (E 301) and calcium ascorbate (E302) which applies only for tuna in food categories 09.1.1 “Unprocessed fish” and 09.2 “Processed fish and fishery products including molluscs and crustaceans” in Part E of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008. The use of those food additives in tuna intended for canning in high amounts to artificially restore the colour of fresh tuna flesh does not comply with the general conditions for inclusion and use of food additives in the Union list and with the quantum satis principle.

EU: Draft – Amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1798 as regards the lipid and magnesium requirements for total diet replacement for weight control

This delegated Regulation aims at amending certain compositional requirements set out by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1798 for total diet replacement for weight control based on the relevant EFSA scientific opinion.