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Parliamentary questions
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10 December 2019
E-004318/2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mara Bizzotto
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Nutri-score labelling: misleading and discriminating against top-quality ‘Made in Italy’ food products.

The Nutri-score system uses five colours labelled from A to E to indicate whether a food is healthy or unhealthy, based on saturated fat, salt or sugar content for example. It does not, however, indicate recommended intake as part of a balanced diet. As a result, many PDO/PGI ‘Made in Italy’ products (including Grana Padano, Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma ham or extra-virgin olive oil) are considered unhealthy and labelled with a red D or E sticker, while certain fizzy drinks are given green B stickers to denote healthy foods. This colour-coded labelling system, which is already being used in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Spain, penalises traditional labelling with geographical indications. Italian producer associations regard the Nutri-score system as discriminatory, since it gives distorted and incomplete information regarding nutritional values, arbitrarily classifying as dangerous many Mediterranean food products. This is simply misleading consumers, rather than providing accurate and impartial information about agri-food products. In view of this:

Will the Commission seek to end the Nutri-score labelling system, which is encouraging unbalanced and unhealthy diets?

How will it protect high-quality PDO/PGI products from labelling schemes such as Nutri-score?

In view of the answer to my question E-003663/2017, can give its conclusions with regard to labelling on the basis of the report that it should have presented to Parliament in December 2017?

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