The letter is signed by The European Consumer Organization (BEUC), Danone, European Heart Network (EHN), European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), Nestlé, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever.
“The undersigned civil society and private sector organisations want to express their support for the urgent adoption of EU-wide nutrient profiles for nutrition and health claims. In the fight against obesity, the EU needs to take action where it has the competences”, the letter says.
New rules increasing the public intervention ceiling for Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) from 218 000 tonnes to 350 000 tonnes formally have entered into force. This move follows a strong take-up of SMP intervention in response to the current market crisis, and follows on from the exceptional measures announced by the Commission at the March Agriculture Council.
Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) and European Dairy Association (EDA) are deeply concerned that the European Commission’s report on Young-Child Formula fails to recognise that specific legislative provisions are needed for specialist formulae for young children aged 1-3 years, and urge the European Parliament and Council to demand action.
“The failure to regulate Young-Child Formula with specific rules at EU level may have unintended negative public health consequences, as these products will no longer be differentiated from other products for general consumers which are not necessarily designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of young children” stated Roger Clarke, President of SNE.
In light of the Commission’s Better Regulation strategy – which values extensive stakeholder consultation to ensure the development of EU rules when required – SNE and EDA deeply regret that the Commission has not recommended specific rules for Young-Child Formula, and that the Commission has thus failed to take into account the views of numerous stakeholders who requested this action including national governments, NGOs and industry.
This month European Commission released the report: Prospects for EU agricultural markets and income 2015-2025. In the dairying part it states:
The current low prices for dairy commodities and milk are mainly the result of a surge in world and EU supply at a time when China has started to reduce its purchases and Russia has introduced an import ban. However, import demand from other regions of the world has risen significantly and is expected to grow steadily over the outlook period, driven by population growth and a change in diets in favour of dairy products. In addition, Chinese imports should resume growth.
Though lower than in the last decade, the expected 2 % annual increase in world imports and rising EU domestic demand for dairy products are expected to support an increase in deliveries of close to 1 % per year to 164 million t in 2025. The EU’s share of world exports should grow slightly, thanks to its considerable potential to increase production (unlike its main competitor, New Zealand, which is more constrained by the availability of natural resources). We also analyse the dairy outlook for the EU from the point of view of its impact on nitrates and green-house gas (GHG) emissions.
Milk prices are expected to recover to moderate levels in the short term, before increasing further to an average of EUR 360/t in the last five years of the outlook period, in line with expectations for world dairy–commodity prices. The world market should remain thin with only 7.5 % of dairy world production traded in 2025, so that the risk will remain high of short-term market imbalances.
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