foodwatch in Europe


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What is foodwatch?

foodwatch is a non-profit campaigning organization that fights for safe, healthy and affordable food for all people. We give consumers a loud voice, speak up for transparency in the food sector and defend our right to food that harms neither people,  nor the environment. foodwatch has offices in France, Germany and the Netherlands.  more



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Consumers vote Coca-Cola’s “Smartwater” the most audacious advertising lie of the year - foodwatch Germany protest at company headquarters in Berlin

Coca-Cola receives the mocking award “Golden Windbag”: In an online vote by the consumer organisation foodwatch, almost a third of the 70,000 participants voted “Smartwater” the most audacious advertising lie of the year. The criticism: contrary to what Coca-Cola suggests, “Smartwater” is no better than conventional mineral water - but costs up to seven times as much. The beverage company refers to an allegedly “from clouds inspired” manufacturing method.


Debate: How can the EU protect citizens from food scandals?

Food scandals, fraudulent practices and health hazards: On 16 October foodwatch International Director Thilo Bode had a public podium discussion with Michael Scannell, Director, Food Chain, Stakeholders and International Relations of the European Commission on the question of food safety in Europe. In particular, they discussed shortcoming and loopholes of EU's General Food Law (Regulation EC 178/2002), which has been a long-standing battleground for foodwatch. The General Food Law was adopted in 2001 in response to the BSE crisis and currently to be revised.



Shortcomings in transparency and food safety

Although European food legislation provides explicitly for the protection of human health through the prevention of health hazards, fraud and deception, this policy has not been translated into legal practice. 

Sugar, fat, salt: When food causes disease

The number of children, teenagers and adults who are overweight or obese has increased dramatically over recent decades. The main reason for this: the food environment has changed dramatically.

Misleading product labelling

Fruit yogurts with no fruit, miracle-health products with dangerous side effects: when it comes to packaged foods, misleading information is not the exception but the rule.  

International News
from Germany
15-02-2019 Newsletter Demokratie in Gefahr? Mehr
from France
12-02-2019 Communiques de presse Accords UE-Singapour : Dangers pour la démocratie Lire
from the netherlands
05-02-2019 Misleidende marketing Handhavingsverzoeken over meergranenproducten bij Lidl en Aldi Lees Meer

„Deception, Fraud, Lies“

They pay no taxes, harm the environment, and influence legislative procedures - global corporations often do this legally. In his interview with the German newsmagazine „Der Spiegel“, Thilo Bode talks about his latest book „Die Diktatur der Konzerne“ (Dictatorship of the corporations).

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