Press releases

ENSA’s response to the ANSES report on the dietary exposure of children under three years of age to chemical substances

Brussels, 11 October – A recent report published by French agency ANSES presents the results of the agency’s study on the dietary exposure of children under three years of age to chemical substances. One of the outcomes of the report is that the risk of consumption of isoflavone genistein, which occurs in soy-based products, cannot be ruled out. The report recommends that the consumption of soy-based products by children under three years of age be limited. The European Natural Soy
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ENSA deplores the decision of the European Parliament not to support plant-based alternatives to dairy in the milk & fruit school scheme

Brussels, 14 March 2016. – The European Natural Soy and Plant-Based Foods Manufacturers Association (ENSA) regrets the decision of the European Parliament to adopt an incomplete report on the aid scheme for the supply of fruit, vegetables, bananas and milk in schools, which allows the distribution of processed foods and flavoured dairy products with added sugars but completely excludes healthy and resource-efficient plant-based drinks which have a lower total sugar content than milk. Read our statement: ENSA deplores the decision of
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EFSA confirms the safety of isoflavones

Brussels, 22 October 2015 – On 21 October 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its scientific opinion “Risk assessment for peri- and post-menopausal women taking soy food supplements containing isolated isoflavones”. The risk assessment concludes that human data do not indicate any suspected harmful effects from a potential interaction of isoflavones on endocrine pathways (in mammary gland, uterus and/or thyroid). These conclusions about food supplements indirectly confirm the safety of foods which naturally contain isoflavones at lower levels
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ENSA and EUVEPRO Statement on the authorization by the Health Canada’s Food Directorate of a health claim about soy protein and blood cholesterol lowering

Brussels 9 June 2015 – The European Natural Soyfoods Manufacturers Association (ENSA) and the European Vegetable Protein Federation (EUVEPRO) welcome the decision of the Health Canada’s Food Directorate to authorise a ‘Health claim about Soy Protein and Cholesterol Lowering’.1 According to Health Canada’s Food Directorate, scientific evidence exists to support this claim. ENSA and EUVEPRO regret that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejected a similar application for a health claim on soy protein and reduction in blood LDL-cholesterol, despite
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ENSA and EUVEPRO statement on the rejection by the European Commission of the health claim on soy protein and reduction of blood cholesterol

Brussels, 25 June 2014 – The European Natural Soyfoods Manufacturers Association (ENSA) and the European Vegetable Protein Federation (EUVEPRO) regret that the European Commission has rejected the submitted health claim on soy protein and reduction in blood LDL-cholesterol – one of the dietary factors associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, despite numerous studies and meta-analyses demonstrating such a cholesterol lowering effect. ENSA and EUVEPRO statement on the rejection by the European Commission of the health claim on
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ENSA Position: Soya foods safe for breast cancer patients

Glasgow, March 20th, 2014 – Recent studies show that consumption of soya foods after being diagnosed with breast cancer is perfectly safe. Dr. Mark Messina (Loma Linda University, US) confirms this finding during the 9th European Breast Cancer Congress (EBCC-9) in Glasgow. “Considering all scientific data there is no reason for doctors and health care professionals to discourage the use of soya food for breast cancer patients,” says Dr. Messina (Loma Linda University, US). ENSA Position_Soya foods safe for breast
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ENSA Press Release: European Week of Soya 2013 – EU policy support for plant-based foods essential if Europe wants sustainable food production and consumption

Brussels, 4 December 2013 – European institutions must invest more in resource-efficient and healthy crops such as soy and other plant-based foods if they are to deliver on their commitment to move to more sustainable production and consumption. This was the conclusion of a panel discussion held today, hosted by the European Natural Soyfoods Manufacturers Association (ENSA) and MEP Bart Staes (Belgium, the Greens) to mark ENSA’s 10th anniversary and the launch of its reference guide “Growing appetite for a
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ENSA position on Danish recommendation on rice products for children

Brussels – 16 May 2013: The European Natural Soyfoods Manufacturers Association (ENSA) takes note of the recommendation by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries on rice products for children. ENSA believes that maximum levels for harmful substances should not be surpassed and consumers should be accurately informed about the products they consume. ENSA statement on Danish recommendation (PDF)  


ENSA position on Swedish National Food Agency study on heavy metals and minerals in foods for infants and young children

Brussels – 30 January 2013: The European Natural Soyfoods Manufacturers Association (ENSA) takes note of the conclusions of the Livsmedelsverket/Swedish National Food Agency report entitled, ‘Contaminants and Minerals in Foods for Infants and Young Children’, which found that infants and young children may be exposed to increased levels of certain contaminants and minerals by the consumption of certain foods. ENSA believes that maximum levels for harmful substances should not be surpassed and consumers should be accurately informed about the products
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European Week of Soya 2012 – Soya, resource-efficiency and consumer behaviour: Make the sustainable choice the easy choice

Brussels – 12 October 2012 – On the occasion of the 2012 Week of Soya, Mr Bas Eickhout MEP and ENSA, the European Association of Natural Soyfoods Manufacturers gathered on Monday with consumer behaviour experts to discuss ways to empower consumers to make more sustainable food choices and explore possible policy pathways that address the issue of sustainable diets. While consumers do understand the urgency of switching towards more sustainable and healthier diets, they still need incentives and concrete arguments
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