Food Labels: Changes To Nutrient Profiling Are Dangerous

25 Mar


Consumer campaigners Which? have warned that if votes to ditch nutrient profiling on foods and drinks are passed, this will spell bad news and will allow unhealthy foods to make bizarre – and untrue – health claims.

At present, nutrient profiling is commonly seen on food and drink labels, and provides information about the nutritional content of the item in question.

A vote on the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee has backed deleting nutrient profiling entirely, while Which? not only wants the profiling to continue being used but also to be tightened to ensure that unhealthy foods cannot make outrageous health claims.

The more lenient proposals would allow foods containing medium or even high levels of fat, sugar and salt to make health claims.

Which? chief executive, Peter Vicary-Smith, said: ”When foods like jam doughnuts can make health claims, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board.”

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