Labeling regulations are in place to inform and protect final consumers, ensure fair trade practices, ensure food safety…
Recent moves in the world in favor of mandatory nutrition labeling and importance of FOP (Front of Package) labeling requirements. Codex guidelines were amended in 2012 to recommend nutrition labeling should be mandatory even in the absence of such a claim.
Today, Codex Alimentarius is in the process of drafting global guidelines on FOP labelling, to be released in January 2019. Useful public health tool that is intended to assist consumers in making informed and healthful food choices.
The increased use of new technologies is gaining prominence with FOP labelling apps for smartphones being developed in various countries: their take-up by regulators has been slow until now but if their popularity grows, research on their effectiveness would also be useful difference between US and EU on this approach. EU Commission still resists to offer consumers in EU choice between classical labeling and connected tools.
Reaction from private operators to classify products according to their “healthy profile” with less transparency on what criteria they apply suspicion against governmental position or risk assessment authorities by consumers need to survey our ingredients reputation and anticipate mostly irrational reactions.