EFAD Newsflash: Nutrient Profile, Allergy advice, AllTrials, Hydration


EFAD LOFODear Colleagues,

This week’s newsflash has 4 items:

1. EFAD co-signed the attached joint letter to WHO supporting a new Nutrient Profile model

2. EUFIC have released an animated video ‘Life with a Food Allergy’. The video informs consumers about food allergies and allergen labelling, translating the science in a clear, engaging and fun way. It also gives practical tips to stay safe and enjoy a healthy, active life. Please share the video with your colleagues and private networks: http://bit.ly/EUFICfoodallergyvideo.

Alongside the video, CoolFoodPlanet.org now features ‘Beat the Allergy, an interactive game that can be used to teach children with food allergies, to ask about ingredients in prepared foods and read food labels. EUFIC hopes that you enjoy the video and game and they look forward to your feedback!

3. AllTrials – The WHO now says that researchers have a clear ethical duty to publicly report the results of all clinical trials. Significantly, the WHO has stressed the need to make results from previously hidden trials available. Ben Goldacre said, “This is a very positive, clear statement from WHO, and it is very welcome.” Ilaria Passarani from the European Consumer Organisation BEUC called it “a landmark move for consumers.” It is the position EFAD and hundreds of people and organisations wrote to the WHO last autumn urging them to adopt. You can read more about the WHO’s statement and responses to it on the AllTrials website, in The BMJ (£) and Science and from Reuters. Please help share this exciting news on your website, in your newsletter, and on Twitter and Facebook. The WHO has called on organisations to take responsibility to ensure that results from all trials get reported in their sectors. Ben Goldacre has set out some practical suggestions but organisations like yours have to make it happen. How will your organisation lead the way in driving up standards and ensuring the results of past trials are uncovered? Please get in touch to discuss ideas.

4. Amsterdam provides water taps to help children lose weight. Three hundred water taps contribute to a reduction in overweight in children. The water taps ensure that children playing outside or walking home drink more water and less soda. Currently there are over 160 water points positioned throughout Amsterdam. The rest will follow in the coming years. The number of young children who are overweight has been reduced by 16 percent in recent years. GGD released those numbers more than two years after the start of the plan, “the Amsterdam approach to healthy weight”. The College of B & W has approved the program plan for 2015-2018.

VVD alderman Erik van der Burg was proud of the results. “Amsterdam does not look away, but takes her responsibility. This is also the reason that the college has allocated 2.5 million euros for the structural approach healthy weight, ”


Kindest regards

Judith Liddell

EFAD Secretary General