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2019 - 02 -25: FAO: Global Individual Food consumption Data tool Webinars

the FAO/ WHO GIFT dissemination platform will organise a new round of particpatory webinars in March 2019. The webinars will enable participants to share suggestions on new indicators which could be developed, to learn about the plans for the further developments of the platform and to learn how to upload datasets and their metadata into the Platform.

Participants can register here to one of the following available sessions:

  • 4th of March (Monday)              8.30 PM – 10.30 PM (GMT+1 - Italy)
  • 5th of March (Tuesday)             1.00 PM – 3.00 PM (GMT+1 - Italy)
  • 6th of March (Wednesday)         8.00 AM – 10.00 AM (GMT+1 - Italy)

The webinars will be held in English. Upcoming webinars in French and Spanish will be advertised soon.


FOODforce position paper:
'Food System Approach'

FOODforce is a network of leading European research provider organisations active in the areas of food, nutrition and health.  It recognises that members have broad remits, but share a common interest in multidisciplinary science.  FOODforce provides a proactive forum for discussions on delivery of best practice and societal impact and facilitates international aspects of knowledge exchange and innovation, both within and outside the European Union.

Its objectives are to:

  • Provide a forum for facilitating collaborative research amongst members
  • Provide a forum to facilitate interaction with EU secretariats involved in food, nutrition and health research
  • Provide a forum for contacting and expanding relationships with Third Countries relevant to EU initiatives
  • Facilitate and promote mobility of researchers (particularly early career scientists)
  • Develop and exchange best practice in managing food and health research
  • Facilitate dissemination of information focussed on research-related issues
  • Articulate with the European Technology Platform Food for Life and other relevant organisations

Interested in the project? Read the position here.


NASCENT Results-in-Brief article published on CORDIS:
Novel approach helps companies prepare EU-compliant food labels

As of December 2016, an EU regulation requires businesses selling pre-packed foods to include nutrition information on packaging. Declaring nutrient composition data for products is both complex and costly for SMEs. Many food businesses are aware of their obligation to provide information for consumers (nutrition labelling) on pre-packaged products. However, SMEs producing fewer than 1 000 units yearly are less aware of the regulation.

In addition, a small number of food businesses, especially SMEs, are in a position to chemically analyse all products for nutritional content because it’s expensive, and low sample numbers or changes in formulation and production errors can render results unusable ... read more here


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