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SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has welcomed today's proposal from the European Commission to tighten up the rules that apply to food labelling in the European Union. The new rules would apply to all prepacked food sold in shops across the EU.
The SNP MEP is a long standing supporter of measures to improve food safety and promote nutritious food. The new plans will mean that pre-packed food will have to carry a label on the front of the product with key nutritional information including energy, fat, salt and carbohydrate content. This will also be shown against the recommended daily allowance. Mr. Hudghton commented:
"I broadly welcome these proposals. They should help improve consumer choice, and allow the consumer to make a more informed decision before buying prepacked foods. With obesity and eating related illnesses at such high levels we need to do all we can to tackle this health time bomb.
"The compulsion to put clear and simple labelling prominently on the front of packed foods is the right step to take. Finding clear, simple and unbiased information on what we eat shouldn't be such a challenge and these new rules should help make life easier."
The European Commission today published a proposal on food labelling which would require a minimum set of nutrition and allergen information to be placed on labels on the front of pre-packed food sold in shops and restaurants. This information would include energy, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrate, salt per 100ml/g or portion and in proportion to the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). It would also require all foods containing allergenic substances to be labelled as such, and for the sake of clarity would require a print size of at least 3mm.