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STIRRING UP A FOOD GUIDELINE TO FEED MANY

STIRRING UP A FOOD GUIDELINE TO FEED MANY image

Improving well-being by improving consumers´s diets is of utmost concern for Europeans. As the prevalence of obesity has trebled in WHO European Region states over the last two decades, especially in children, eating well and staying fit has become more challenging than ever before. However, what exactly is the right thing to eat, and who are Europeans supposed to listen to? Dietary advice changes as often as a chameleon changes its colours and consumers must perpetually keep abreast of the latest developments. In these ever-shifting sands of dietary advice, what is needed is a framework of standardised advice about nutrition for consumers, where they can turn to and obtain harmonised dietary guidelines. Luckily, the Network of Excellence EURRECA has taken action and is on the fast track to providing the missing pieces in this jigsaw puzzle. It will provide a framework to complete the puzzle efficiently and effectively, and to do this repeatedly as science will continue to produce new puzzle pieces.

THE 34 STRONG AND ABLE BODIES

EURRECA has established a multi-national network of 34 partners working together to bring to the European public quality-assured and aligned nutrient recommendations. The actors are identifying essential micronutrients and the population groups that are most vulnerable. The NoE's aims and objectives are being met through the standardisation of definitions, methodologies and markers to assess nutrient intake, status and requirements. EURRECA will provide quality frameworks and a system that will be put through the grind frequently.

A EUROPEAN CONNECTION IN HIGH GEAR

Through their hard work and effective communication the stakeholders, i.e. academic and industry experts, as well as SMEs, researchers and media, are including a consumer perspective at all stages guaranteeing applicable and useful nutrient recommendations that are slated for development. The success of EURRECA will be possible thanks to the sustainable, yet innovative, actions of all stakeholders. Also important is the fact that the Network is cooperating with EFSA to fill any research and policy gaps identified by the latter, as well as enlightening diverse sub-population groups of the work carried out by the European food safety watchdog.

List of Partners

  • ILSI Europe (Belgium)
  • Aarhus School of Business (Denmark)
  • Ashwell Associates (UK)
  • Biotemp-Consultorio em Biotechnologia (Portugal)
  • Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • Euro Consultants (Belgium)
  • European Food Information Council (Belgium)
  • FoodLab (Cyprus)
  • Hylobates Consulting (Italy)
  • University of East Anglia (UK)
  • Lambert Nutrition Consultancy (UK)
  • Minerva Public Relations & Communications (UK)
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece)
  • National Association for Consumer Protection in Hungary (Hungary)
  • National Institute of Public Health (Czech Republic)
  • Nutrition Research Foundation (Spain)
  • Oxford Brookes University - School of Biological Sciences (UK)
  • TNO - Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (The Netherlands)
  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland (Ireland)
  • University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
  • University of Belgrade - Institute for Medical Research (Serbia)
  • University of Central Lancashire (UK)
  • University of Milan (Italy)
  • University of München (Ludwig-Maximilians) (Germany)
  • University of Oslo (Norway)
  • University of Pécs (Hungary)
  • University of Surrey (UK)
  • University of Ulster (Northern Ireland)
  • University of Zaragoza (Spain)
  • Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
  • Warsaw Agricultural University (Poland)
  • World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (Denmark)
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (France)
  • Community Nutrition Unit of Bilbao (Spain)
Acronym:
EURRECA
Full title:
Harmonising nutrient recommendations across Europe with special focus on vulnerable groups and consumer understanding
Contract n°:
036196
Project co-ordinator:
Loek Pijls, ILSI Europe, eurreca@ilsieurope.be
EC Scientific Officer:
Wilfried Diekmann, wilfried.diekmann@ec.europa.eu
EU contribution:
€ 13.2M
Call:
FP6-2005-FOOD-4-A
Type:
Network of Excellence

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Last update: 06 December 2007 | Top