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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 position on WHO guidelines on free sugars intake

 On 4 March 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a new report entitled ‘Guideline: sugars intake for adult and children’, which advises to restrict ‘free sugars’ in the diet to less than 10% of the total energy intake. The WHO is concerned that an increasing intake of ‘free sugars’ in the diet is associated with increases in body weight due to excess energy intake. ENSA would like to express its concerns regarding the discrimination of food products which
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ENSA position on FAO report on the evaluation of dietary protein quality

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has just published a new report entitled ‘Research approaches and methods for evaluating the protein quality of human foods’, in which several methods are presented for measuring protein digestibility of commonly eaten foods. In this light, ENSA – the European Natural Soyfood Manufacturers Association – would like to express its views on the report and stress the importance of recognising the high quality of soy protein. Up to now, the
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ENSA position on the Finnish Tax on Sweets

Late September 2014, the Finnish Government announced that it will not be putting to action the raise of the tax on sweets for 2015 agreed upon earlier in budget negotiations. The tax raise had been re-evaluated after the frame decision and the autumn budget negotiations. The Government also said that the preconditions for the possible implementation of a sugar tax would be re-evaluated. In 2013, a Government-appointed working group found that there were no grounds for the adoption of a
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ENSA Response: SACN draft carbohydrates and health report – scientific consultation

Response from ENSA on the draft carbohydrates and health report, which was open for consultation until the September 1st 2014. ENSA would like to highlight its concerns regarding the exclusion for lactose from milk and milk products in the setting of intake recommendations of sugars. Such an exemption may directly and indirectly lead to misinformation and discrimination for food products which are nutritionally equivalent to milk and milk products, such as soy drinks and other soyfoods. ENSA response – SACN draft
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ENSA statement on the opinion issued by Anses in France on drinks of babies

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (Anses) has issued an opinion on the risk related to the use of drinks other than mother’s milk and the substitutes to mother’s milk in the feeding of babies from birth until 1 year. The Anses study clearly states that none of the 211 drinks identified utilizes the name “infant formula” or “follow-on formula”. Anses only states that “some of these products are labelled suggesting a possible use in young
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ENSA position paper on GMO and GMO-free labelling

  European consumers have shown and still show a clear preference for non-GMO products. In addition to the concerns about the consequences of GMOs on human health, the impact of GMOs on the environment is a concern, in particular their effect on biodiversity and existing species. ENSA members have made a clear choice to use non-genetically modified crops of soy beans and are committed to providing healthy soy food made from GMO-free soy beans. It is therefore essential that consumers
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ENSA Insights – Soya and Bones

Healthy Bones Bone tissue is a very dynamic tissue, continuously remodelling itself through bone formation (by osteoblastic cells) and bone resorption (osteoclasts). During growth, bone accretion is higher than bone resorption, allowing the bone mass to increase. Between the ages of twenty and twenty-fi ve, this process is completed and a person’s ‘peak bone mass’ is normally reached. Peak bone mass is the maximum bone mass achieved in life. After this, for a certain period of time (30 to 50 years) there is a
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