Labelling scheme faces European challenge

By Rick Pendrous contact

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The Germans think the labels are too simplistic, said Eversheds
The Germans think the labels are too simplistic, said Eversheds

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The UK's voluntary Front-of-Pack (FoP) nutrition labelling scheme could yet fail to be approved as other EU Member States seek to challenge its use – particularly for food placed on their home markets.

According to Katharine Vickery, a partner with law firm Eversheds, objections from countries such as Italy and Germany are mounting.

'Europeans don't really like it'

“The UK is going out on their own a little bit with this, but the Europeans don't really like it,”​ said Vickery. “The Italians are deeply concerned. They don't think we should be putting all of that nutritional information on FoP.

“The Germans don't like it because they think we are being too simplistic and they just prefer something based more around national guideline daily amounts.”

By December 2017 the EC is going to report on all the national schemes and decide whether or not further harmonisation is needed, said Vickery.

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