New list of nutrition claims in MEPs’ hands
By Sophie Petitjean | Thursday 26 January 2012
The Agriculture Council decided, on 23 January, not to object to the updating of the positive list of authorised nutrition and health claims for foods. In accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny, this implementing measure could have been deemed to have been adopted if the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) had not tabled a resolution objecting to the draft regulation.
The future of the proposal will therefore be played out in the EP committee, on 31 January, when MEPs will be asked to adopt or reject the text
It proposes to authorise the nutrition claim “now contains x% less [energy, fat, saturated fat, sodium/salt and/or sugars]” after the entry concerning the claim “light/lite” for all products containing at least 15% less energy, fat, saturated fat salt/sodium or sugars. In addition to mandatory nutrition labelling, the claim must be followed by a statement indicating the content of the nutrient or energy from which the claim is made, prior to reformulation, expressed per 100 g or 100 ml. This claim may be used for a maximum of one year following the placing on the market of the reformulated product. The draft regulation also authorises the claim stating that sodium/salt has not been added, if the product contains no more than 0.12 g sodium or equivalent value for salt per 100 g or 100 ml.
The draft regulation permits the sale of products placed on the market before the first day of the month 18 months after the entry into force of the regulation, which do not comply with Regulation (EC) 1924/2006 as amended, until stocks are exhausted.
The text was submitted to the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, which issued a favourable opinion by qualified majority, on 13 October 2011. Parliament has every intention of playing its role of scrutiny. Under Article 88, Paragraph 2 of the EP’s rules, MEPs can adopt by a majority a resolution objecting to the proposal. They can ask the Commission to withdraw or amend the draft measure or present a proposal under the appropriate legislative procedure for one of the following reasons: either the proposal exceeds the implementing competences laid down in the basic instrument, or it is not compatible with the aim or content of this, or it does not respect the ‘subsidiarity’ or ‘proportionality’ principles.(1) The resolution is available at
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