Trade is on everyone’s mind – it should be on NCD advocates’ minds too

By George Thurley George joined the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) in March 2017. He works to promote Trade for Health, especially focussed on NCDs. George has experience working to create positive change in European Union policy, having previously worked as a project officer on environmental and trade issues, and as a campaigner on resource …

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Five Red Flags for Food, Farming and Fair Trade Under the UK’s New Brexit Plan

By Sharon Treat Sharon Anglin Treat is Senior Attorney at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. For more than a decade, a major focus of Sharon’s policy work has included international trade agreements and their intersection with environmental, food and public health policy. Sharon first got involved in trade policy as a state legislator …

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TACD addresses concerns on labelling format for genetically modified organisms proposed by USDA

On Tuesday 3 July, 2018, TACD’s Food Policy Committee submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) addressing concerns that the labelling format for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) proposed by the USDA was both impractical for consumers and out of line with the format employed by 64 other countries that require labelling of GM …

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TACD Annual Forum 2018: Consumer Protection in a Connected World

The 18th TACD Annual Forum ‘Consumer Protection in a Connected World” took place on Tuesday, 19 June 2018 in Brussels. The Forum brought together over 100 participants from all stakeholder communities. The focus of this year’s event was to examine, through panel discussions, the impact that technology has on consumers in our ever-connected world. It …

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Reporting back on the ‘Modern Biotechnology in Agriculture’ conference

By Camilla Udsen  The author is a Senior Food Adviser in the Danish Consumer Council since 2001. She has an MSc in Food Technology and nutrition and a PhD in molecular microbiology. Her areas of expertise are: consumer-related EU food policy, food labelling, nutrition, and biotechnology. Camilla represents consumers in several Danish food-related committees and she is …

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Does CETA live up to the SDGs?

By Zoltán Massay-Kossubek & George Thurley The authors work at the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA).  Zoltán is Policy Manager for Health Policy coherence and he is responsible for the effective implementation of the Health in All Policies legal principle in various EU policies. Zoltán leads EPHA’s ‘Trade for Health’ campaign. A Hungarian qualified lawyer …

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Food: overview

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TACD work in the area of food aims to ensure that food policy makers within the EU and US take actions that promote consumer interests. Particular focuses are on improving food safety, tackling the obesity pandemic and ensuring that appropriate information is provided on food products to help consumers make healthy choices. Read TACD’s Policy …

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Food: policy statements

2018 Resolucion sobre el capitulo propuesto sobre medidas sanitarias y fitosanitarias en el Acuerdo de Asociacion de Inversion y Comercio Transatlantico (TTIP) (Actualizacion)  5 Julio 2016 (pdf) Resolución sobre el capitulo propuesto sobre medidas sanitarias y fitosanitarias en el Acuerdo de Asociacion de Inversion y Comercio Transatlantico (TTIP) (Actualizacion)  21 de enero de 2016 (pdf) …

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Food: letters

TACD has sent a number of letters to EU and US governments in relation to policy developments related to food. 2011 Comments on Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts (pdf) 2004 Letter to Tommy G. Thompson regarding WHO draft Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (pdf) Letter to Commissioner Byrne …

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Food: government responses

2002 Response from FDA regarding Antibiotics Use in Animals 2001 Response from Commissioner Byrne regarding the Ban on the use of Fluoroquinolones in Poultry Response from Commissioner Byrne regarding Pesticide Residues in Food 2000 Response from EC Services to TACD Recommendations on Food 1999 Response from EC Services to TACD Recommendations on Food

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