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Thursday, 01 March 2012

ENVI Committee to help give clarity to the food industry

According to MEPs voting on legislation in the Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee this week, rules on the labelling and contents of baby milks and food for people with special medical needs must be better defined to protect consumers and give clarity to the food industry. Moreover, MEPS thought that the special rules should also cover gluten intolerance and certain low calorie diets.
Frédérique Ries said he welcomed the vote,  as  it shows the EP has a clear goal to protect the more vulnerable members of our society, including infants and those with special medical needs. I particularly welcome the specific provisions for people affected by celiac disease, since intolerance to gluten can be lethal".
The draft text will replace several existing pieces of legislation in order to streamline and clarify labelling and composition rules, which cover products representing around 1-2% of the total food market. The update was proposed due to problems faced by both consumers and authorities in distinguishing between foods for normal consumption and those for specific groups.

Source: European parliament