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Friday, 03 December 2010

EU agreement on food labelling taking shape

Member states are nearing a deal on new food labelling rules that would leave wiggle room for industry to use their own labelling schemes and choose whether to show nutritional information on the front or back of a product's packaging. The 27 EU ministers in charge of consumer affairs are set to reach a political agreement on the proposal at a meeting next Monday (6 December).The expected deal comes after a first reading in the European Parliament last summer saw lawmakers reject calls by health and consumer groups for a traffic light system giving a visual warning for high fat, sugar or salt content in a product. The Parliament vote was largely seen as a victory for the food industry, which had lobbied fiercely against the traffic light system, currently in force in the UK. A final agreement on the proposal will nevertheless still be far from certain after Monday's meeting, as there are still major differences between the ministers' and the Parliament's positions.

 Source: EurActiv.com

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