MEPs support our call to actionLETTER TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION
- 22 November 2022
- Posted by: Competere
- Categories: Empowering Consumers, highlights, News
24 MEPs, think-tanks and EU organisations support Competere’s call to the EU Commission!
COMPETERE AND MEPs CALL TO THE EU COMMISSION
A letter was sent to Commissioners Stella Kyriakides and Frans Timmermans (November 9, 2022, we sent) to say “no to Nutriscore” in favour of more advanced labelling systems that promote consumers’ freedom of choice, provide the appropriate food information, and protect local diets, such as the Mediterranean diet.
Our action has received great support in Europe. We are gathering an increasing number of signatures from MEPs and international associations of the agro-industry supply chain.
THE FUTURE OF FOP LABELLING REFORM
As part of the Farm to Fork strategy, the European Commission has decided to work on a harmonised front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition labelling system, which will be mandatory in all EU countries. The goal is to encourage consumers to switch to healthier and more sustainable diets.
Here at Competere, we recognize this need and support this mission. However, some of the labelling systems developed in recent years and implemented in some countries have raised serious concerns. They have been criticised for their ineffectiveness in helping consumers improve their diets and inaccurate descriptions that could potentially bias consumer choices.
Specifically, the Nutriscore has, on several occasions, proven to be an arbitrary, misleading and outdated system that does not promote an educational approach, but rather imposes consumer choices through incomprehensible and opaque parameters. It also weakens trade and small, local producers, humiliating cultural diets that are an expression of European diversity and, above all, denying Europe to invest in innovation. Today, European agrifood has the chance to be competitive, due to scientific research on nutrition and technological evolution. Thanks to mobile devices and apps, sustainable environmental actions and respect for consumer choice and health can become a priority.
Read the letter and find out who has signed it so far >> link
If you would like to support our mission by signing the letter, please email us!