What will change in 2022…: …in terms of nutrition and health?

What will change in 2022…
… in nutrition and health?

Some important things in health and nutrition will change again in 2022. Most of these will bring relief to consumers. The North Rhine-Westphalia consumer advice center explains the most important new regulations for the new year.

Restriction of harmful ingredients in tattoos.

From January 4, more than 4,000 potentially health-hazardous chemicals in tattoo inks and permanent make-up will be drastically reduced across the EU. They can cause allergies, genetic damage, cancer and other harmful effects. This applies, for example, to azo dyes, carcinogenic aromatic amines or metals. In the future, all tattoo ink and permanent makeup labels will be required to indicate the intended use, list the ingredients and contain safety instructions. The colorful tattoo colors Pigment Blue 15:3 and Pigment Green 7 will only be completely banned from January 4, 2023, as there are no health-hazardous alternatives for them yet.

Financial relief in the care sector

Starting January 1, some care areas will get more money. This applies, for example, to the contribution to performance in short-term care, which will be increased by ten percent. There is also a five percent increase for in-kind care benefits from care grade 2. These are support measures for nutrition, personal hygiene and mobility, but also home care for the care service. In addition, people who live in a nursing home are financially relieved, since less personal contribution must be paid. Individuals in need of care are also entitled to transitional care at the clinic for up to ten days if no other resources for care are available. From 2022 there will also be a subsidy for care and training costs, which increases continuously with the length of care, up to 70 percent from the fourth year.

New law to strengthen decision-making in organ donation

On March 1, a new law will enter into force that aims to strengthen the debate on the subject of organ donation through educational and informative work. In addition, the possibilities of recording the personal decision should be improved. This includes the online portal organpende-register.de, where donor declarations can be submitted and revoked. Starting July 1, it will also be possible to submit a statement for or against a tissue or organ donation via the app.

Prohibition of killing male chicks

Germany will be the first country to ban the slaughter of male chicks from January 1. So far, around 45 million animals have had to die each year because they don’t lay eggs and are therefore unsuitable for meat production. In the future, hatching eggs with male embryos will be sorted directly, or hatched male chicks will be fattened as brothers. Eggs imported from abroad can still be processed into food.

Snoring mouth guard becomes health insurance benefit

Starting January 1st, statutory health insurance companies will pay for a lower jaw protrusion splint for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. This is a sleep-disordered breathing, in which breathing stops occur over and over again. However, the prerequisite for cost bearing is that past hyperbaric therapy was unsuccessful.

No more false promises for people who want to lose weight

Forecasts about weight loss products that affect the speed and success of weight loss, such as “5 kilos in 5 days”, will be taboo in the future under a change in EU law. This also applies to information on nutritional values ​​and health benefits of products.

Price reduction with simplified notice

In the future, it will no longer be necessary to indicate the reduced price in addition to the original price on perishable products or foods with a short shelf life. From the end of May, a simplified notice will suffice, such as the percentage of savings.

Maximum limits and prohibitions of harmful ingredients in food

As of July 1, legal maximum levels for food across the EU will apply to certain natural ingredients from various plants. The natural protection provided by certain plants called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) in foods such as herbs, teas, or herbal dietary supplements can damage the genome or even cause cancer. From early 2022, titanium oxide white dye, which adds color and shine to foods such as ice cream, dietary supplements and chewing gum, will also be banned. The E171 additive has the potential to alter the genetic material of cells.

Update: We originally reported that e-prescribing would be mandatory at the beginning of the new year. In fact, however, the compulsory introduction in medical practices, pharmacies and clinics will be postponed. Please excuse the mistake.


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