• 19-12-2018

    Lost in the supermarket

    EU food law does not adequately protect European citizens from food scandals. This is criticized by the international consumer organization foodwatch in its new report „Lost in the Supermarket“. The more than 50-page report gives an in-depth analysis of the food law of the European Union – and reveals fundamental weaknesses. For example, traceability along the food supply chain is not being consistently enforced and authorities are still not obliged to inform consumers quickly and comprehensively about health risks posed by foodstuffs.

  • 07-02-2018

    Trade at any cost?

    The European Union is currently negotiating a series of new free trade agreements that would have a negative impact on consumer rights, environmental standards and democratic principles. These are the findings of a report from the organisations PowerShift and foodwatch.

  • 28-06-2016

    Legal opinion on “CETA, TTIP and the European precautionary principle”

    This international study proves that the TTIP and CETA free trade agreements are undermining the European "precautionary principle" for protecting consumers – with far-reaching consequences. For instance, chemicals that are not approved in the EU could enter the European market and food could be subject to increased exposure to pesticides. This is the conclusion of an international team of academics, stated in a legal opinion commissioned by foodwatch.

  • 31-03-2016

    Food industry misleading consumers with vitamin-fortified junk foods

    Food companies add vitamins to hundreds of unhealthy foods and beverages in order to market these products as healthy, thereby misleading consumers about the actual nutritional values of these products. An investigation carried out by foodwatch in the Netherlands and Germany reveals the alarming scale of this problem.

  • 15-10-2015

    Mineral oil in food

    In a foodwatch test, 120 cardboard-packaged food products from three European countries (Germany, France and the Netherlands) were analysed for mineral oil content. The results: 43% of the products tested were found to be contaminated with potentially carcinogenic and mutagenic mineral oil components, most of which had migrated from recycled packaging materials.

  • 19-10-2011

    How financial institutions are speculating with food at the expense of the porest

    The foodwatch report "The Hunger-Makers" shows how institutional investors like investment banks and insurance companies raise the price of food stuffs by betting on commodities. foodwatch therefore calls on legislators in Europe to exclude institional investors from commodities trading. Additionally we need to impose effective position limits for trading with commodity futures and to prohibit the issuers of commodity index funds and certificates at least from investing in agricultural and energy commodities.

  • 25-08-2008

    Organic: A Climate Saviour?

    foodwatch commissioned the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) to examine the respective contribution of conventional and organic agriculture in Germany to the greenhouse effect. The results show that considerable amounts of greenhouse gases can be avoided in the agricultural sector. Consequently, agriculture must become part of climate change policy.

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