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Parliamentary questions
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5 May 2020
E-002764/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sergio Berlato, Nicola Procaccini
 Subject: Calling for an end to Nutri-Score

In a letter sent to the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, some Members have proposed that the Nutri-Score labelling system become mandatory, and that it should be included in the upcoming Farm to Fork strategy. The aim of Nutri-Score is to encourage consumers to make proper food choices by using 5 letters (A to E), each bearing the colour of a traffic light. Already used on a voluntary basis by some EU countries, such a system would appear to provide a distorted picture of what a proper diet actually is, preferring junk food over a healthy Mediterranean diet. For instance, products such as olive oil have received a ‘D’ score. Such labelling would ultimately penalise quality ‘Made in Italy’ products – agri-food products, brands and companies which are a vital part of the economy. Given the importance of informing citizens and in view of the above, can the Commission answer the following questions:

Does it believe that Nutri-Score really is the best tool for promoting nutritional education?

On what scientific grounds were the parameters used in awarding votes to those labels based?

Supporters(1)

(1)This question is supported by Members other than the authors: Raffaele Fitto (ECR), Carlo Fidanza (ECR), Raffaele Stancanelli (ECR), Pietro Fiocchi (ECR)
Original language of question: IT
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