Front-of-pack nutrition labelling: EU Member States fail to reach consensus

PRESS RELEASE - 15.12.2020

The EU’s German Presidency has just adopted conclusions on food labelling. Sadly, what were originally intended to be Council conclusions – signed off by all Member States – have been downgraded to non-unanimous Presidency conclusions, which send a weaker message. 

 

Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC, commented:

“Despite good efforts by the German Presidency, it is disappointing that Member States have not been able to reach a unanimous position on the basic elements of any future nutritional label. While many Member States rightly support and welcome the principle of a mandatory, harmonised front-of-pack label, it is a shame that a minority of countries keep blocking solutions to help consumers to shop for healthier food. 

“With one in two adults either overweight or obese, diet-related diseases are still a serious issue in the EU.1 International experts such as the World Health Organization have recognised front-of-pack nutrition labelling as a crucial tool to contribute to the fight against obesity.2 It is therefore a no brainer that a harmonised nutrition label on the front of packaging must become mandatory in the EU.

“There is a very high level of independent scientific evidence pointing to Nutri-Score as the most effective scheme in making consumers’ shopping baskets healthier. As such, we believe Nutri-Score should be the label rolled out across the EU.”

The EU Commission is due to make a proposal on harmonised mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling at the end of 2022.

More information

 

  1. Eurostat, , 2016.
  2. WHO, .