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THE FUTURE OF EU NUTRITION LABELLING
The ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy – one of the Green Deal’s building blocks – puts forward several actions that cover all steps from food production to consumption. Among others, actions to support food consumption include helping consumers in making informed food choices for healthy and sustainable diets, via labelling rules.
In October 2021, the European Parliament adopted an own initiative report on this Farm to Fork Strategy in order to influence the upcoming proposal from the European Commission (expected by end of 2022). This report also highlighted the importance of having a practical and harmonised system for a European-wide front-of-pack nutrition labelling.
There seems wide agreement that an EU front-of-pack nutritional label should be developed based on robust, independent scientific evidence and demonstrated consumer understanding with open access for all market operators including small and medium-sized operators, while taking into account the additional burden to food operators and unions.
At the same time, there are still many open questions and challenges:
- What are the best practices already existing in some Member States?
- Should a single scheme be introduced throughout the internal market?
- Could such a scheme endanger traditional products and diets?
- How would a nutrition label have to work in order to effectively advise consumers to help them making healthier choices of products?
- How could we gather the different tools to provide more information to consumers, not just on nutritional aspects but also on origin of ingredients, animal welfare and sustainability and/or healthiness of products;
The focus of the webinar will be to address these questions, with experts from the Commission and EFSA and various stakeholders.
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