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Parliamentary questions
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17 July 2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002983/2018

The regulatory framework on food information to consumers(1) aims to ensure that EU consumers are appropriately informed on the food they consume.

Since 13 December 2016, the information on the energy value and the amounts of certain nutrients has to be provided on the food labels. Alcohol beverages were exempted. However, in line with the legislation, the Commission adopted a report(2) on this issue, which concluded that no objective grounds justifying the current absence of the list of ingredients, and of nutrition information on alcoholic beverages has been identified.

The Commission invited the industry concerned to develop, within a year, a self-regulatory concerted proposal aiming to provide the list of ingredients and nutrition information. A proposal was submitted by the sector on 12 March 2018 and is currently under the Commission’s assessment.

Marketing is a key topic for a healthy lifestyle and reducing obesity, especially for children. A Commission study on the exposure of minors to TV and online marketing of foods high in fat, salt or sugar was launched in 2017.

Furthermore, a project on reformulation funded by the EU Health Programme will provide a baseline to help Member States monitor the removal of excess sugars, salt and fat from products that are bought every day in European supermarkets. This project will start in the second half of 2018.

(1)Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers, OJ L 304, 22.11.2011, p. 18‐63.
(2)COM(2017) 58 final, 13 March 2017.

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