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EU proposes to overhaul food labeling rules

The European Commission put forward a proposal on Wednesday to overhaul food labeling rules for the European Union, aiming to ensure consumers are well informed.

Under the proposal, pre-packaged food will have to display key nutritional information on the front of the package. General requirements on how nutrition information should be displayed on food labels are also set out, although there is room for member states to promote additional national schemes provided they do not undermine the EU rules. For public health reasons, the proposal extends the current requirements for allergen labeling to cover non pre-packed food, including food sold in restaurants and other catering establishments. “Food labels can have a huge influence on consumers! purchasing decisions. Confusing, overloaded or misleading labels can be more of a hindrance than a help to the consumer,” said Markos Kyprianou, EU Commissioner for Health. “Today’s proposal aims to ensure that food labels carry the essential information in a clear and legible way, so that EU citizens are empowered to make balanced dietary choices,” she added. (xinhuanet)