Nestlé has called for the adoption of Nutri-Score as a mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling system across the European Union (EU).
The food giant is part of a coalition of stakeholders backing the proposal and includes consumer organisations, academics, members of the European Parliament, and food industry players.
The group has written to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, requesting that Nutri-Score becomes mandatory in the EU, Nestlé added.
Nestlé CEO for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Marco Settembri, commented, “Nutri-Score helps people make good food choices and motivates food and drink companies to accelerate the development of healthier products.
“Nutri-Score shouldn’t only help Nestlé to raise the bar. We’re inviting the whole industry to join us."
Nestlé And Nutri-Score
In June 2019, Nestlé announced plans to introduce Nutri-Score labelling to its products across Europe by the end of the year.
It was followed by the introduction of the label in several brands including NAT, Chocapic Bio, and Nesquik Alphabet breakfast cereals, Menier chocolate, pizzas from Buitoni and Wagner, and Garden Gourmet plant-based products.
Presently, Nutri-Score is used voluntarily by food companies, Nestlé added.
The labelling system allows the classification of food and drinks according to their nutritional profile.
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