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Nutritional labelling

06 Feb 13

The Food Standards Agency, Welsh Government, Scottish Government and Dept of Health have issued their joint response to a consultation on front of pack nutritional labelling. Their joint consultation ran from 14 May to 6 August 2012, initiated in response to the new European Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (the ‘EU FIC’). The consultation asked 16 questions to help determine how best to achieve more consistent labelling. One hundred and ninety one full responses to the consultation were received in response to the consultation from a range of retailers, manufacturers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local government, enforcement authorities and individuals from across the UK.    A further 948 individual responses were received to a shortened version of the consultation issued by the British Heart Foundation. The response notes strong support for greater consistency in the provision of FoP nutrition information from all interested parties, though there are different views on how to achieve this.  The documents notes that the majority of respondents felt that  for public health reasons, information on energy value, fat, saturated fats, sugars and salt (energy + 4) should be provided as widely as possible, rather than on energy alone;  basic information should be provided on a per portion basis because it reduces the need to calculate actual intakes and provides additional information if the full nutrition declaration on the back of food packaging is provided per 100g or per 100ml alone;  some respondents questioned the basis for the thresholds that determine the colour coding and their applicability to a wider range of foods than were originally covered by the existing scheme;  if declarations on similar products were given differently, e.g. ‘as consumed’ or ‘as sold’, this might confuse consumers; and  there was little support for any guidance on further separate emphasis of energy.    The food industry’s general view was that the introduction of the EU FIC would not decrease the amount of FoP information given, with some businesses qualifing their response by saying that mandatory font sizes and increased information requirements might limit the use of the full energy + 4 nutrients FoP formats. In some restricted cases, energy only would be given.  Going forward, the UK Health Ministers are expected to consider further whether energy should be colour coded, but will take no further action to intervene or give guidance on enhancing energy declarations. Businesses will be allowed to decide which products will carry FoP labelling and where to place FoP labels. The Ministers will consider the need for further guidance on whether nutrition information should be provided ‘as sold’ or ‘as consumed'. No further actions are to be taken, at this time, on introducing a health logo or on the use of ‘pings’ to highlight energy content on food products.

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