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Labelling and the Farm to Fork Strategy: The Commission is moving towards mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labels

As the European Commission continues to consult on future front-of-pack nutritional labelling plans, Katia Merten-Lentz, Partner and Founder of Food Law Science & Partners, an international boutique firm for Food and Feed law matters (Brussels and Paris), talks us through the options on the table.

In May 2020, the European Commission presented the Farm-to-Fork Strategy, the European Union’s flagship initiative for a more sustainable, healthy and fair food system.

The strategy combines almost 30 regulatory and non-regulatory initiatives to enable sustainable food production, promote sustainable food consumption, stimulate sustainable food processing and food service practices, and reduce food loss and waste.

The first deliverables of the Farm to Fork strategy have already entered into force, such as the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, which was published on 5 July 2021, and the action plan for the development of organic production presented last year. Two months ago, the Commission adopted a Communication on a contingency plan for ensuring food supply and food security in times of crisis, which marks a further step towards the implementation of the strategy.

Many others are expected over the next few years. One of the most compelling is a Commission proposal to revise EU rules on front-of-pack labelling by the end of 2022…

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