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Parliamentary questions
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5 December 2019
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Silvia Sardone
 Answer in writing 
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Nutriscore system: risks for Italian-made products

The Nutriscore label, already being used in a number of European countries, classifies foodstuffs using two related scales: a colour scale, with colours ranging from green to red, and an alphabetical scale, including letters from A to E.

It is a misleading and discriminatory system which, paradoxically, has ended up by excluding from diets healthy and natural foods which have been eaten for centuries, in favour of artificial products, such as French fries and industrial deep-frozen products of all kinds, for which, in some cases, the recipe is not even known. This is likely to promote potential junk foods whilst rejecting really healthy foods such as extra virgin olive oil, but also specialities such as Grana Padano, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma ham.

This is liable to foster bad diets, which would jeopardise not only public health but also the high-quality ‘Made in Italy’ production system.

Can the Commission state:

what its opinion of the NutriScore system is;

whether it intends to push forward with this classification system at the EU level;

what its position is with regard to the fair comments from producers and trade associations on the risks that this system would involve for many world-famous, high-quality Italian food products?

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