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Germany promotes the harmonization of European food labeling in the EU Agriculture Council

The President of the Council, the German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner, thus seeks greater transparency in the nutritional information and origin of food, so that consumers have greater decision-making capacity.


Julia Klöckner, German Minister of Agriculture.

With the approval of 23 member states, the conclusions of the German Presidency for better food labeling were adopted yesterday at the EU Agriculture Council. Federal Minister Julia Klöckner is thus promoting the EU-wide harmonization of extended and more easily recognizable nutrition labeling on the front of packaging so that consumers and businesses across Europe can more easily find their way around.

Measures for nutritional profiles and the strengthening of origin labeling were also decided. The EU Commission will also benefit from this for the future legislative process within the framework of the so-called 'farm to fork' strategy.

Federal Minister Julia Klöckner: “With NutriScore, I have introduced a nutrition label that is clearly understandable for Germany. At the same time, with the resolutions we are pushing for a uniform label throughout the EU. Today we received a strong tail wind for this objective. Also for the definition of nutritional profiles in order to protect consumers from misleading claims. And we are committed to ensuring that the origin of food is labeled more transparently. Farmers also benefit from this: the added value in the region and the transport routes become visible. "

Specifically, the German Council Presidency has once again asked the EU Commission to start working to change the Honey Directive. The objective is that in the future the country of origin of the honey used in the honey mixtures should be specified.

Key points of the conclusions:
  • EU member states have succeeded in advocating for harmonization of expanded nutrition labeling.

  • EU member states agree on criteria for a harmonized model, such as Scientific ease and understandable to the consumer.

  • Member states are asking the EU Commission to carry out a scientifically sound impact assessment for their legislative proposal.

  • Member states have taken up the debate on the definition of nutritional profiles and are encouraging the EU Commission to create nutritional profiles and apply them to the widest possible range of foods.

  • Member States emphasize the importance of origin labeling for consumers and many manufacturers. The impact assessment announced by the EU Commission has the support of the member states. To expand the mandatory indications of origin, priority is given to milk and milk used as an ingredient in dairy products, as well as meat and meat used as an ingredient.

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