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Germany Announces Introduction of Controversial Food Labeling System

Oct. 7, 2019
By Lisa Anderson

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Min­is­ter of Food, Agri­cul­ture and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Julia Klöck­ner last week announced plans to intro­duce the con­tentious Nutri-score food label­ing sys­tem to Ger­many.

This color-coded food label­ing sys­tem, which rates foods from A” for health­ier choices to E” for unhealth­ier choices, has been crit­i­cized because — among other rea­sons — it gives healthy oils, such as olive oil, a lower rat­ing due to their high-fat con­tent.

The Ger­man gov­ern­ment was ini­tially plan­ning to design their own unique food label­ing sys­tem, but they have now decided to opt for the sys­tem approved by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion (EC) and the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion (WHO).

Klöck­ner, who had been opposed to Nutri-score and spo­ken out against it on numer­ous occa­sions, made the announce­ment in Berlin on Octo­ber 3. Ear­lier this year, food giant Iglo was ordered by Ger­man author­i­ties to remove Nutri-score rat­ings from their prod­ucts.

The Nutri-score sys­tem, which was designed to con­trol obe­sity, is used in France, Spain, Bel­gium and Por­tu­gal.

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