The European Commission has adopted a proposal to make the labels on pre-packaged food clearer and more relevant to the needs of EU consumers. Industry should also benefit from the proposed new rules, as they set up a more harmonised framework for food labelling. For shoppers, the aim is to reduce confusion.
Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou presented the draft regulation after consultations with consumer groups, industry and other stakeholders. He said: “We allow flexibility but without legislating, and a determined, and mandatory approach. Countries have different systems, so for us at the end of the day, what is very important is to have the exact information and flexibility on the presentation.”
The proposal requires the energy, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrate and salt content to be stated clearly on the front of the packet. Under the new rules, restaurants and caterers will also have to indicate allergens in the food they serve.