Posts Tagged ‘food’

2nd International DISH Cluster Workshop

12th October 2022

Unsafe food is associated with around 23 million cases of illness and 5000 premature deaths in Europe every year. Additionally, non-communicable diseases linked to diet (e.g., excess weight and obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease) are responsible for almost 70% of all deaths worldwide including many premature deaths (i.e., before the age of 75 years).

The DISH Cluster aims to support consumers towards healthy diets, focusing on improved nutritional habits, and improved food safety. At this workshop, the cluster wanted to contribute to, and inspire efforts towards, safe and healthy food for all with keynotes speakers from the European Food System.

Some of the conclusions were that it remains important for this kind of messaging is kept as simple as possible using images and infographics and targeted towards a specific audience. Those delivering the messages need to be trusted by the various audiences and topics need to inclusive and informative with every-day examples. Whilst the science is interesting, many only want to know the bottom-line, what they must do in response to the problem; they do not always need the details.



  • Lars Münter – Nordic Health 2030 Movement
  • Solveig Langsrud, SafeConsume, Nofima AS (NO)
  • Pikka Jokelainen, One Health EJP TOXOSOURCES, Statens Serum Institut (DK)
  • Veronica Lattanzio, FoodSafety4EU, CNR-ISPA (IT)
  • Jose Angel Rufian Henares, Stance4Health, University of Granada (ES)
  • Domagoj Vrbos, EFSA (IT)
  • Cortney Price, FAO (IT)
  • Lisa Ackerley, Director of Medical and Scientific Engagement, Reckitt (UK)
  • Joanna Disson, Food Standards Agency (UK)
  • Gyula Kasza, The National Food Safety Office (HU)

The DISH Cluster comprises five projects (SafeConsume, Eat2benice, FoodSafety4EU, Stance4Health and One Health EJP) and aims to guide and support consumers towards healthy nutritional habits and improve food safety.

Processed food

EUFIC Processed Foods Symposium

How to communicate about what we (don’t) know?

What makes a food product a healthy or unhealthy product? Are processed foods less healthy than non-processed foods? And, what’s the difference between processed and ultra-processed foods? The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) explored these and more at their processed foods symposium on 24.11.2020.The symposium also considered the role of processed foods within a healthy and sustainable diet.

This symposium included presentations about front-of-pack labelling schemes (e.g. Nutri-Score and NOVA), and effects of food on our physical and mental wellbeing as well as the science behind food processing. Two of the take-home messages were that ultra-processed food stuffs are usually more calorie-dense and, in general, food portions are significantly larger now than 50 years ago.

Read more about the symposium here

EUFIC is a non-profit organisation, established in 1995, which aims to provide engaging science-based information to inspire and empower healthier and more sustainable food and lifestyle choices.

EuroFIR is a Member of EUFIC and Paul Finglas (Managing Director) joined their Executive Board in November 2020.

Meat substitutes: Winning products

Meat substitutes: New products and advanced technology

Kitchentown organised a roundtable (12.12.2020) to explore advancements in plant-based meats, and the challenges this sector face.

The food industry is aware of the shift towards plant-based diets and are trying to create the best meat substitute foods. Thanks to extrusion technologies – commonly used to create snacks and other processed foods – it is possible to convert plant proteins into meat-like structures.

Extrusion can be either dry (e.g., textured soy) or wet (e.g., Heura or chicken-wise products). What is important for many consumers is that, whilst switching to plant-based products, what many know and love about meat is retained, recreating the texture, smell and colour of traditional meat environments, such a barbecue or a burger restaurant.

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