Seven EU countries, including the Netherlands, are threatening to go their own way with the introduction of the nutriscore food label developed by France. Several Mediterranean EU countries and also European agricultural domes oppose that French label. They prefer the Italian Nutrinform (already in use in Italy).
Because there have been major differences of opinion between the LNV ministers of the EU countries about the two measurement systems for a long time, the European Commission is currently conducting a 'public survey' about the various options. Those seven countries do not want to wait for that, and say they intend to make Nutriscore compulsory in their country on all food and food products.
Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland announced an internationally coordinated collaboration at the end of last week, facilitating the use of the Nutriscore food label on the front of packaging.
Nutriscore is a color-coded label on food packaging that shows the nutritional value of food and drinks. Its purpose is to help consumers choose healthier products. As part of the Farm-to-Fork (F2F) initiative, the European Commission aims to submit a proposal for EU-wide food labeling by the end of 2022.
The EU member states have been debating it for over a year. A group of countries led by Italy rejected the French Nutri-Score late last year because it would not take into account 'regional frying and eating habits', referring to the use of a lot of figs and cooking oil. This gets the highest ('unhealthy') D score in the French measurement system. Incidentally, this could apply to more Southern European oils.
According to European Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski, all countries agree that a labeling system must be scientifically based. The European farmers' lobby COPA-COGECA has joined the Italian protests against the French Nutri-Score system advocated by France. European consumer organizations, on the other hand, do advocate the French label.