Germany Could Soon See Wide Adoption of NutriScore Labeling

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The German Frozen Food Institute (dti) has endorsed the results of a survey of German consumers carried out by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture on the topic of enhanced nutrition labeling.

In this science-based study, participants were presented with four different options that could complement the existing nutrition labeling scheme. Respondents clearly favored NutriScore as the option which would make their food choices easier.

dti sees in this clear consumer preference an opportunity to advocate for greater transparency and informed consumer decisions.

The results were announced by Julia Klöckner, federal minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, who has also taken the opportunity to voice her support for the NutriScore.  Following the study, German plans to establish a national voluntary food labeling scheme in the coming year.

In Germany, some food companies have already voluntarily committed to NutriScore labelling, for example, Danone.

The NutriScore type of labeling is already in use in France and Belgium, and other EU member states, as well as Switzerland,  are looking to introduce it.

For dti members, the results provide the basis for implementing a label solution that can be recognized across Europe. Therefore, the institute welcomes further action of the Federal Government to promote the adoption of the new labeling system.

Nutri-Score classifies foods and beverages according to their nutritional profile by using a color-coded system with a scale ranging A (healthy choices) to E (less healthy choices).

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