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8 The Portugal News • 14 Sep 2019                                  News


      Majority advocate policies for healthy eating




       Eight out of ten Portuguese consider that the Government should intervene to promote healthier eating                                   KIM
       habits and most strongly support the extension of measures such as sugar reduction in some foods.                              N N N N N  SCHIFFMANN
              ccording to the  controlling school meals,  reducing food waste are  Juices, cakes, chocolates  of soft drinks, the levels of  weight to the central state,
              Second Great     reducing unhealthy      some of the areas in which  and sweets, sauces,  disagreement are lower  in particular the Ministries
              Survey on        offerings, promoting    the Portuguese advocate  flavoured milks, cereals  (around 15 percent),  of Health, Environment
      ASustainability,         organic farming and     public policy.           and flavoured waters are  “which shows that citizens  and Agriculture, as well as
                                                                                among the most chosen   want greater regulation in  the Authority for Food and
                                                                                products to also be subject  the area and  to reduce the  Economic Security
                                                                                to sugar taxation, although  sugar content of the  (ASAE), the main food
                                                                                juices and typical pastries  products available” the  safety regulator.
                                                                                traditionally associated  researchers write.    The researcher of the
                                                                                with sugar (cakes,      The Portuguese are very  Institute of Social
                                                                                chocolates and sweets)  open to intervention in  Sciences Luísa Schmidt,
                                                                                are a high priority.    school meals through    one of the coordinators of
                                                                                According to the study,  public policies and the  this study, underlines, in a
                                                                                from the mainland Mission  most supported measures  statement to Lusa, the
                                                                                (Grupo Sonae) and       are the encouragement of  duplicity of feelings of the
                                                                                Institute of Social Sciences  free distribution of fruit, the  Portuguese regarding the
                                                                                (ICS) of the University of  creation of food produced  State: “People need the
                                                                                Lisbon, the extension of  with products from the  state and realise it’s
                                                                                this type of tax to other food  region, as well as organic  fundamental to them, but
                                                                                products is supported by  farming products.     they want it to be reliable
                                                                                almost half of respondents  They also argue for a ban  and meritorious.”
                                                                                (47.7 percent), while 23  on the use of disposable  The researcher also said
                                                                                percent are hesitant but  plastic at school meals.  that the data indicates that
                                                                                would not refuse the    According to the data   the Portuguese “are
                                                                                measures.               collected, when asked   particularly attentive to all
                                                                                Concerning the position on  who is primarily    that have ethically less
                                                                                the measures already in  responsible for health and  responsible attitudes and
      Pastries and cakes are seen as high priority for public policy regarding sugar levels.
      Pastries and cakes are seen as high priority for public policy regarding sugar levels.
      Pastries and cakes are seen as high priority for public policy regarding sugar levels.
      Pastries and cakes are seen as high priority for public policy regarding sugar levels.  force which apply a rate  food safety, the  less transparent and
      Pastries and cakes are seen as high priority for public policy regarding sugar levels.
      (Photo: Lusa/Filipe Farinha)                                              related to the sugar content  Portuguese attach a heavy  effective public policies.”
      (Photo: Lusa/Filipe Farinha)
      (Photo: Lusa/Filipe Farinha)
      (Photo: Lusa/Filipe Farinha)
      (Photo: Lusa/Filipe Farinha)
      Ferreira to be EU commissioner for cohesion policy and reforms
       Elisa Ferreira, who has been nominated by Portugal as a member of the Europeanan
       Elisa Ferreira, who has been nominated by Portugal as a member of the European
       Elisa Ferreira, who has been nominated by Portugal as a member of the Europeanan
       Elisa Ferreira, who has been nominated by Portugal as a member of the Europe
       Elisa Ferreira, who has been nominated by Portugal as a member of the Europe
       an Commission, European Union’s executive arm, is to have responsibility for
       an Commission, European Union’s executive arm, is to have responsibility for
       an Commission, European Union’s executive arm, is to have responsibility for
       an Commission, European Union’s executive arm, is to have responsibility for
       an Commission, European Union’s executive arm, is to have responsibility for
       cohesion policy and reforms.
       cohesion policy and reforms.
       cohesion policy and reforms.
       cohesion policy and reforms.
       cohesion policy and reforms.
        Ursula von der Leyen, the   governments headed by António  cohesion.
      commission’s German           Guterres, first with the       “This was the portfolio that we
      president-elect, made the     environment portfolio, between  had agreed with Ursula Von der
      announcement, as part of her  1995 and 1999, and then      Leyen, I think it honours our
      efforts to put together her team to  planning, between 1999 and  country and is certainly in line
      replace the commission        2002. Since September 2017   with the quality of our
      currently led by Jean-Claude  she has been deputy governor of  Commissioner [Elisa Ferreira].
      Juncker, of Luxembourg.       the Bank of Portugal.          The portfolio will allow
        Ferreira, the first woman to be  António Costa said the  Commissioner Elisa Ferreira -
      nominated by Portugal as a    appointment “honours” Portugal  and also Portugal - to work in
      commissioner, served as a     and will allow it to work in  strategic areas for the country,”  Elisa Ferreira is the first woman to be nominated by Portugal as a
                                                                                              Elisa Ferreira is the first woman to be nominated by Portugal as a
                                                                                              Elisa Ferreira is the first woman to be nominated by Portugal as a
                                                                                              Elisa Ferreira is the first woman to be nominated by Portugal as a
                                                                                              Elisa Ferreira is the first woman to be nominated by Portugal as a
      minister in the Socialist     strategic areas such as territorial  the socialist leader said.  commissioner. (Photo: Lusa/Tiago Petinga)
                                                                                              commissioner. (Photo: Lusa/Tiago Petinga)
                                                                                              commissioner. (Photo: Lusa/Tiago Petinga)
                                                                                              commissioner. (Photo: Lusa/Tiago Petinga)
                                                                                              commissioner. (Photo: Lusa/Tiago Petinga)
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