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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

MEPs set out clearer and more consistent food labelling rules

Food labels should feature mandatory nutritional information and guideline daily amounts, according to draft EU legislation as adopted by MEPs on Wednesday.  However, they rejected a proposal for 'traffic light' values to highlight the salt, sugar and fat content of processed foods. Following a lively debate, MEPs voted for labelling rules that will enable consumers to make healthy, well-informed choices, while limiting as far as possible the administrative and financial burden on food businesses. "Overall I am satisfied with the result of today's important vote on clearer food information rules. Personally, I am pleased that MEPs did not support traffic light labelling, but I also feel that we can continue to improve the current proposal to better inform consumers", commented German MEP Renate Sommer (EPP), who drafted Parliament's report.

Source: European Parliament