Wednesday, 27th April 2011
by Jessie Magee
Food labels to include transfats, but you'll have to search for it
A top EU committee has bowed to big business this week by deciding not to publish nutritional information in its most visible form on food packaging. MEPs in Brussels voted against front-of-pack labelling for fats, sugar and salt in a move that's been roundly condemned by consumer groups. If the decision is rubberstamped by the European Parliament in July, it will mean that only calorie information will be published on the front of packaging, with eight other nutritional categories hidden away on the back.
Incoming Munster MEP Phil Prendergast says the decision contradicts all evidence of what works best for consumers when trying to choose healthier food. "People need to be able to see nutritional information easily and quickly so that they can make healthy choices,"
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