Food labeling: introduction failed?



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Food labeling: mandatory introduction failed? Next Tuesday, an EU committee will decide on the mandatory introduction of nutritional information on food packaging. The measure, also known as “traffic light marking” because of the color, has not yet been supported by any other country in the EU.

Next Tuesday, an EU committee will decide on the mandatory introduction of nutritional information on food packaging. The measure, which is also called “traffic light marking” because of the coloring, has not been supported by any other country in the EU.

The new regulation should make it possible for consumers to recognize the sugar and fat content of food from the outside using the colors green, yellow and red. Red would be high and green low. However, since there has been no support so far within the EU decision-makers and in the individual EU countries, the German consumer minister Ilse Aigner (CSU) sees it as rather negative. In the European Parliament, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on the idea.

Despite the negative prospects for traffic light labeling, it is still to be expected that the currently largely voluntary information provided by manufacturers will be expanded to include a larger range in the interests of consumers. Then, among other things, values ​​for carbohydrates and the fat content in absolute grams will be found on the packaging.

From the point of view of naturopathy, too, an individual and well-broken down nutritional information results in contrast to a generalized purely color-bound meaning. It is more transparent and easier to use for consumers. (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, 13.03.2010)

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