Would you call a can of Coke a ‘healthier’ option? Well companies like Coke will be able to claim their products are 'healthier' thanks to a new EU regulation on using fructose. There’s only one small problem -- high levels of fructose is a leading cause of obesity around the world.
The decision was made by EU Food Standards Agency based in Parma, Italy. The agency is very close to the food industry and operates far away from public scrutiny. We need to push back on food industry lobbying by demanding the EU Food Standards Agency thinks again.
Can you spare 1 minute to sign this petition demanding the EU Food Standards Agency thinks again?
Fructose is used as a cheap alternative to other forms of sugar. Some forms of fructose are considered so bad for your health that they are banned in many countries. So it is bizarre that the EU will allow the likes of Coca-Cola, Nestle and others to claim that their soft drinks, chocolate bars and cereals are healthier for us.
This isn’t the first time we’ve taken on Big Food. When Nestle tried to suck a Canadian town dry of its natural water hundreds of thousands of us came together and forced Nestle to drop its plans. Now we need to step up and protect consumers from food industry lobbying and tell the EU Food Standards Agency to think again about fructose.
Tell the EU Food Standards Agency to protect consumers and stand up to food industry lobbying on fructose.
‘Health claim’ for fructose to be allowed in the EU, SafeFood, October 2013.
Obesity experts appalled by EU move to approve health claim for fructose, The Guardian, October 2013.