Source: European Parliament
High-quality Italian agri-food products, including PDOs and PGIs such as Grana Padano, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma ham, are being severely discriminated against on the European market, due to ‘traffic light’ labelling and the Nutri-score. These systems arbitrarily assess, on the basis of fat, salt and sugar content, whether a food is healthy or unhealthy, assigning Italian hams and cheeses red ratings, which means that they are regarded as ‘dangerous foods’.
The lack of a harmonised system of EU rules on nutrition labelling on the front of packaging has led to the spread of misleading systems, such as the traffic light label and the Nutri-score, which do not inform consumers but influence their purchasing choices. Labelling should, on the contrary provide consumers with objective information enabling them to understand immediately the content of a product per portion.
The Italian Government has submitted to the Commission the NutrInform Battery system, which, unlike the Nutri-score and traffic-light labels, provides information about the overall nutritional value of a food by reference to the recommended daily intake in a balanced diet.
In view of this, can the Commission answer the following questions:
1 Will the Commission devise a harmonised system of EU rules on labelling on the front of packaging, so as to provide consumers with objective information on agri-food products?
2 If so, will it adopt the battery labelling system proposed by Italy?