March 11, 2014
Italy and the UK are at loggerheads over the latter’s voluntary front of pack “traffic light” food labelling scheme, and the Commission is caught in the middle.
Ever since its introduction in June 2013, the British Government’s Front of Pack nutrition labelling scheme proved controversial and generated tensions among other EU Member States. The voluntary scheme, which has been adopted by all major UK retailers, introduced a so-called ‘hybrid’ system based on a mix of traditional guideline daily amounts (GDAs) and traffic light labelling. The centre of the controversy is precisely the traffic light system, which allocates red, yellow and green colours for total fat, salt, saturated fat, sugar and calories per 100g/ml, in an attempt to provide an easy visual system for assessing the nutritional properties of a food.
When the scheme was introduced last summer, British MEP and Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety […]