The European Union approves EDA Guidance for ‘Cheese as raw material’ and ASSIFONTE ‘Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines for Processed Cheese’
“The EDA guidelines for ‘cheese as raw material’ are a concise and state of the art compendium on the high safety and quality of cheese as raw material within the processing industry. These guidelines are completed by the ASSIFONTE ‘Good Manufacturing Guidelines Practice for Processed Cheese’, which set an EU benchmark and a best practice manual for the processed cheese industry. Both guidelines, that will be translated into all 23 official EU languages, underline the global leadership of the EU cheese and processed cheese industry also when it comes to safety and quality”, stated Alexander Anton, secretary general of EDA and of ASSIFONTE.
The EU dairy sector represented by EDA (the European Dairy Association) and supported by EWPA (the European Whey Processors Association) has always backed the new rules on slimming foods/total diet replacement (TDR) proposed by the European Commission, in particular by the new recommended minimum protein content of 75 g/day for TDR products.
This protein recommendation reflects the latest science as stated in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Scientific Opinion1. Given the EFSA conclusions, EDA and EWPA highlight that a minimum protein content at 75g/day would ensure that TDR products are safe and efficacious for their intended use.
The particular importance of the new Regulation for the dairy sector is that, for the first time, protein quality has been acknowledged in the European Regulation, reflecting the status of the latest nutrition science. In addition, the new Regulation also establishes a strong link between the need for high quality protein diets for weight reduction and control.
At the EDA European Dairy Platform on 2nd December 2016 in Nice more than 220 dairy executives and experts from the European ‘lactosphère’ gathered. More than one third of the EU milk volumes processed per annum was represented at owner, president or CEO levels.
Some of the presentations are made public, i.e. by Daniel Jaouen, General Manager – Lactalis Group. He reveales a lot of interesting figures on the company.
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.