Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is in the process of finalising a scientific opinion on dietary reference values for protein as part of a general review of dietary reference values for energy and nutrients. The EFSA recently completed a public consultation(1) on their draft opinion in which they had made recommendations on the dietary reference values for protein for the different population groups. The values proposed are not specifically intended for food labelling purposes.
As was explained during the discussions on the recently agreed Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers, the reference value of 50g for protein is in line with the nutrient reference value for labelling purposes for protein in the Codex Alimentarius Guidelines on nutrition labelling(2). At this stage, the Commission does not consider it necessary to amend the recently agreed legislation.