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CSPI makes case against Sparks

On the 8th of September, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed suit against MillerCoors Brewing Company over its alcoholic energy drink, Sparks . This bold action is an important new step in the effort to protect America's youth from these dangerous and deceptive products.


Eurocare Evening Reception Photos

The photos from the Eurocare evening reception marking International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) day, held in the European Parliament on the 9th of September 2008, are now available.


Press Release - Eurocare Marks International FASD Awareness Day

Drinking alcohol in pregnancy remains a significant public health issue in Europe. A substantial number of women across the EU, continue to drink during pregnancy–ranging from 25% in Spain to 35%-50% in the Netherlands and even higher rates in the UK or Ireland.

Prenatal exposure to alcohol is a leading preventable cause of birth defects an developmental disorders, and the only one which is 100% preventable. Unfortunately, many women are not aware that, throughout the pregnancy, even at low levels of exposure, alcohol interferes with the normal development and can seriously damage the unborn child.


Together for mental health and well-being

More information on the EU conference "Together for mental health and well-being", held in Brussels on 13 June, is available on the DG SANCO website:


Closing the health gap in a generation - the role of the EU health strategy

On 28 August, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the report of its Commission on Social Determinants of Health. It highlights major differences in life expectancy and rates of disease between rich and poor within all countries as well as between different parts of the world. In many instances these gaps have increased. The report makes wide ranging recommendations in order to 'close the gap in a generation' emphasising action on living conditions, access to services, social support, information and research, as well as on health promotion and disease prevention.


Eurocare holds successful Evening Reception on ‘Alcohol and Pregnancy' in European Parliament

Over 50 people attended the Eurocare Evening Reception in the European Parliament, marking ”International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day” on Tuesday 9th September 2008.


NordAn Conference

NordAN will be hosting a conference on alcohol, drugs and harm to others from the 10th to the 12th of October in Talinn, Estonia. The conference focuses on the harm done to others – and of course the still unborn child is the most powerless and innocent victim of someone drinking and thus harming them. If you look at the numbers of damages that even low levels of exposure of alcohol can do to the normal development, the facts are shocking. Individuals born with FASD often fail in the education system, and come into difficulties with criminal justice system. And this is not a marginal problem: FASD is believed to affect about 1% of people in the Europe (27), which amounts to nearly 5 million people…..

Please register before the 18th of September!




Mums-to-be told 'no safe level of drink'

DUBLIN'S three maternity hospitals are to back an information campaign telling women there is no 'safe' level of alcohol to consume while pregnant.
Medics now regard alcohol consumption during pregnancy as a significant factor on the health of a newborn, but a large proportion of women continue to drink while expecting the birth of their child.
Every year, the situation leads to an average of 354 Irish babies in Ireland being diagnosed with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.



Public Hearing on the proposal for a regulation on “food information to consumers"

Rapporteur Renate Sommer (EPP-ED, DE) kicked off the hearing, addressing an audience that was primarily made up of representation from the food and drink industry, with strong presence particularly from the UK and Germany. Sommer acknowledged right away that the legislation at hand was extremely complex and risky in a number of aspects', and stressed the difficulty of being charged with bringing together various bits of legislation into one in a simplified way.


First debate in ENVI– November 4 2008

Vote in committee – January 2009

Vote in plenary – April 2009


Public hearing in the European Parliament on “The Provision of Food Information to Consumers

A Public hearing on “The Provision of Food Information to Consumers, organised by MEP Renate Sommer (EPP-ED, DE) will be held today in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Eurocare is pleased that the European Commission draft directive 2008/028 is taking into account consumers' needs for information regarding mixed alcoholic beverages (alcopops). However Mariann Skar, Secretary General of Eurocare, regrets the decision not to include all alcoholic beverages “this, in our view, is a missed opportunity to adopt a comprehensive approach to labeling and will not benefit the European consumers. Furthermore, this is not in line with the Commission's obligation to seek to improve the coherence between policies that have an impact on alcohol related harm stated in the EU Alcohol Strategy”.

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