EuroHealthNet welcomes the EC’s commitment to establishing harmonised mandatory front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition labelling and nutrient profiles in the context of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy. While recognising the complexity involved in of doing so, we strongly support both initiatives as part of a comprehensive, ambitious, and truly transformative transition to European food systems. EuroHealthNet counsels however against a disproportionate focus on “downstream” behaviour-change and lifestyle-oriented measures alone without a genuine appreciation of the underlying causes of poor nutritional choices, the socio-economic determinants. Issues of social fairness and deprivation, affordability, health- and digital literacy will be key in this transition.
EuroHealthNet submitted insights on the following topics:
- Policy options for front-of-pack labels
- Off-line vs. digital nutritional labelling
- Policy options for date marking
- Social and fundamental rights impacts
- Environmental impacts
- Economic impacts
- Evidence base and data collection
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