Concerns over permitted sugar content in baby food 

Draft EU rules on the composition of baby foods allow them to contain too much sugar. They therefore fail to protect infants and young children against obesity and should be vetoed, says a draft resolution to be voted on Wednesday. The text recommends reducing the maximum sugar content to match World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.

The WHO recommends limiting sugar content to less than 10% of total energy intake. But under the European Commission’s proposal, sugars could continue to provide up to 30% of the energy intake from baby foods (7.5g sugar/100kcal is equivalent to 30kcal from sugar in 100kcal energy).

Procedure: Legislative resolution

Procedure Code: 2014/2875(RSP)

Vote: Wednesday, 20 January