Food industry across Europe debate front of pack labels

The European Commission launches an investigation into front of pack nutritional labelling.

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A front of pack traffic light label. credit: Sustain

A front of pack traffic light label. credit: Sustain

Member states of the EC have met with stakeholders in the food industry to discuss front of pack labelling. The discussions will feed into an EC-backed report into food labelling legislation within the Single Market which will be completed later this year.

The first meeting was held on 23 April. In an interview with Food Navigator the industry body Food Drink Europe commented that “whilst the EC stated that it does not have the power to prevent the development of a scheme by national governments or private operators, it believes that by bringing all actors together and allowing for discussion at an early stage may avoid wider proliferation of labelling schemes across the EU - something which we welcome.”


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