Rejected the traffic light labels that damage Made in Italy
Rejected the traffic light labels that damage Made in Italy

The European Parliament rejected the so-called traffic light label applied to food in the United Kingdom, and asked the EU for a non-penalizing information system for products which, despite being fat, are consumed in moderate quantities. One for all the Parmesan.

The traffic light label, adopted by 95% of distribution in Great Britain and contested by fifteen countries headed by Italy, which had requested its revision, is a code that - on a proportional basis only - marks food with red, yellow and green depending on the content of fat, saturated fat, salt or sugar.

The result is that a carbonated drink like Coca Cola ends up being recommended, while tortellini are not.

The objective of the label was also acceptable: to provide immediate nutritional information on macronutrients such as fats and sugars contained in food.

In this way, however, products of the Mediterranean diet such as Parma Ham and Parmigiano Reggiano (all branded with the traffic light system) have lost market shares, quantifiable, in the case of the latter, in -7% of the value and -13% of the volume.

The report approved by the European Parliament invites us to re-examine the scientific basis of the British code, the usefulness and feasibility of the regulation, and possibly to eliminate the concept of nutritional profiles.

An important signal for Made in Italy in Great Britain.

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