Brussels to convene talks on European front-of-pack nutrition labels

The European Commission has revealed it will start talks on front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition labelling on April 23. Its agenda, which has been sent to interested parties, includes looking at FOP solutions from member states - including the UK and France - and private operators and outlining next steps.

The talks bring together the EU's Working Group of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed and the Advisory Group on the Food chain, Animal and Plant Health.

Industry lobby group FoodDrinkEurope has welcomed the launch of EU discussions on the subject but said one meeting is unlikely to be enough and has called for a more structured dialogue.

It said: "The European food and drink industry has since long been calling for a co-ordinated approach to FOP nutrition labelling at European level in the wake of a number of national initiatives - notably in the UK and France - which fragment the EU Single Market and are prone to create confusion for European consumers.

"FoodDrinkEurope is hopeful that the meeting on 23 April will be the start of a fair and transparent process that will allow for a thorough assessment and exchange of...

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