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NUTRITION, FOOD AND CONSUMER HEALTH

While European policy regarding food safety has until recently been mainly based on the concept of monitoring food quality in microbiological and chemical terms, it has become clear from certain dietary habits that a more positive approach to nutrition is needed and that diet should be stressed as a primary health factor. (More …)

EATING AT SCHOOLS – MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES

The Council of Europe organised with the World Health Organization a Forum on nutrition in schools which was held in Strasbourg on 20 and 21 November 2003. (More…)

COUNTERACTING OBESITY

The Council of Europe contributed to the WHO European Ministerial Conference on Counteracting Obesity which was held in Istanbul on 15 and 17 November 2006. (More …)

SUSTAINED PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF IODINE DEFICIENCY IN EUROPE

Based on a stocktaking exercise, this report describes Iodine Deficiency in Europe and presents recommendations to member States for appropriate measures.
According to the World Health Organisation, iodine deficiency affects the population in 40 European countries including Belgium, France and Italy and gives rise to continued concerns. Iodine deficiency may cause neuro-intellectual damage to infants and hyperthyroidism especially in elderly people. It has been estimated that costs for diagnosis and treatment exceed one billion euros per year, whereas preventive measures such as general salt iodisation would considerably less.
The Committee on nutrition, food and consumer health (Partial Agreement)(P-SC-NU) reviewed the situation and prepared a set of policy recommendations that have been targeted to improve public health. The document was prepared in honour of Professor François Delange, one of the most important physicians in the fight against iodine deficiency and related disorders who authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and edited or contributed to 10 books. Professor Delange died on 15 June 2007. (suite…)