Europe to Harmonize Food-Labeling Rules

June 29, 2011

The move is intended to help European consumers make healthy food choices.

Food labeling regulations in the European Union will see dramatic changes, thanks to new draft legislation that is up for formal approval by the European Parliament. The proposed rules seek to harmonize product labeling in the EU within the next five years and outline mandatory requirements for listing of expiration dates and calories, fat, sugar, carbohydrate, protein, and salt. Other rules cover allergen and country-of-origin labeling.

In negotiations this week, teams representing the Parliament and Council have already come to agreement on the terms, and Parliament expects to put it to a vote some time next week.

The move is said to aim to help European consumers make healthy food choices. Read more, in this article from Reuters.