Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli, made the following statement:
"I welcome today's important decision. It completes an effort which started more than three years ago to help consumers make more informed decisions when they buy food. The Parliament's vote constitutes a significant step in our efforts to further boost consumer empowerment and, contribute to the fight against the rising levels of obesity and chronic diseases in the EU."
This agreement is good news for consumers.
It will empower them by introducing inter alia :
• minimum font size for mandatory information to improve legibility for consumers
• mandatory nutrition information to help consumers identify foods that meet their personal preferences or dietary requirements.
• Mandatory information on allergens on pre-packed foods, non-pre-packed foods and foods sold in restaurants to enable consumers to better protect their health
• compulsory country-of-origin labelling for meat from pig, sheep, goat and poultry. The framing of voluntary origin indications will help prevent the risk of misleading consumers and will ensure a level playing field for food businesses.