Food manufactures (along with other critics) have long fought against food labels that offered unparalleled ingredient transparency to consumers. But that hasn’t stopped many health experts and concerned people around the world to push for labeling alterations.
Take France, for example, which resisted pressure from many within the European Union to not color code their packaging. While these labels make it much easier for consumers to identify what they’re purchasing (as healthy or not healthy food). Many within the food industry believe they’ll decimate olive oils and cheese production and sales.
“When you simplify things, there are winners and losers,” say Alberto Alemanno, a law professor. Who works on food policy, according to Politico. “Industry believes that some of their products might lose.”
However, the new labeling could reduce France’s obesity rate which stands, on average. Around 15 percent for men and women, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. This type of labeling system could also take pressure of France’s health care system, noted Bloomberg.
The way France intends to repackage its food items is by using a color code. System called the “Nutri-Score.” This score has color-code rankings from A to E. A food labeled with the “A” has the best score, and one labeled with “E” has the worst. This type of system can better direct customers to their desired food products.
With these new regulations, France’s labeling laws may also have the same impact. On curbing nutrition that new U.S. labeling regulations will have. However, France’s is far more advanced. In the U.S., manufactures will be require. To label their foods in a way that direct consumers on. Where to obtain more information about the product’s ingredients.
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