The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has joined the European Food Forum (EFF). According to ESSNA, this will ‘step up efforts to ensure the food sector and health of European citizens remain top priorities for European policymakers during these challenging times and throughout the Brexit transition period.’
The EFF, created by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Brussels, aims to promote an open dialogue on sustainable food systems among policymakers, food supply chain actors, civil society organisations, research and academia, and other public institutions.
‘Within this forum, ESSNA will work to raise awareness on the importance of supporting European citizens in improving their health by providing them with the right products to complement balanced diets and support active lifestyles.’
ESSNA will also use the forum to work with policymakers and stakeholders towards achieving its key objectives, as outlined in the recently launched ESSNA manifesto: Towards a Healthier and Fitter Future. These include:
- Good health for an ageing population
- Sport and healthy diets at the core of the EU
- Safe products for healthy consumers
- A fair business environment
ESSNA adds that food safety, healthy nutrition and sustainability are of primary importance for EU citizens. The EFF’s purpose is to provide a platform for policymakers and the industry to work together to ensure that policies regulating the food supply chain do not hamper the constant evolution of the sector and the ever-changing societal needs.
Dr Adam Carey, Chair of ESSNA said “Joining the European Food Forum represents a tremendous opportunity for ESSNA to engage even more in the narrative around the topic of food. The food supply chain is constantly changing, and it is of utmost importance for the sports nutrition industry to be involved in such a high-level dialogue to ensure that healthy and safe products, combined with balanced diets, can continue to contribute to the health and wellbeing of European citizens. We look forward to stepping up the efforts to achieve this objective, alongside the EFF.”