Answer to Written Question: Front-of-pack nutrition labelling

(Source: European Parliament)

EN

E-001469/2021

Answer given by Ms Kyriakides

on behalf of the European Commission

(4.6.2021)

Improving consumer information and encouraging healthy and sustainable diets are important objectives of the Farm to Fork Strategy[1]. Concerning the main nutritional information, the Commission has announced that it will propose harmonised mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling at EU level. The strategy does not recommend any specific type of front-of-pack nutrition labelling scheme and no choice has been made at this stage. This choice will be based on the results of an impact assessment, consultation of Member States and stakeholders and scientific advice[2].

The Commission has launched an impact assessment on the different possible options[3]. As set out in the inception impact assessment published on 23 December 2020[4], the impact assessment will explore different policy options based on the four types of front-of-pack nutrition labels currently in use or under development in the European Union, including endorsement logos. The impact assessment will explore options to identify a preferred one or a policy mix that best addresses the challenges and opportunities to achieve the overall objective of the initiative.

In addition, awareness, communication and education are of utmost importance to help consumers to make informed and healthy food choices and maintain healthy and sustainable diets. The Commission will continue to provide financial and administrative support to Member States for promoting healthy lifestyles and eating habits.


[1] COM(2020) 381.

[2] The Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority to provide scientific advice (https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/news/efsas-scientific-advice-inform-harmonised-front-pack-labelling-and-restriction) and the Joint Research Centre to update the previous literature review (https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/publication/eur-scientific-and-technical-research-reports/front-pack-nutrition-labelling-schemes-comprehensive-review) taking into account the latest scientific publications and papers.

[3] https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12749-Food-labelling-revision-of-rules-on-information-provided-to-consumers

[4] https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12748-Facilitating-healthier-food-choices-establishing-nutrient-profiles

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