German bread under attack from the Commission: extracts from the EC Midday press briefing
Première transmission: 24/02/2009
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 24/02/2009
The European Commission clarified that it will not prohibit any bread and had no intention to regulate the salt level in bread, neither in Germany not else where in the EU.
Nina Papadoulaki, spokesperson of Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, said that the EC intends to provide consumers with better information on food so that they can take informed choices, but added that fears are totally unfounded that the Commission will like to introduce a warning for German bread because of too high salt level.
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||View of the press room (3 shots)
||Nina Papadoulaki, spokesperson of Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, saying (in ENGLISH) that she would like to clarify that the Commission is not prohibiting any bread and has no intention to regulate the salt level in bread, neither in Germany not else where in the EU. On the contrary, they are well aware of the importance and the sensitivity of the issue. What they are doing is based on extensive consultation to make the nutrients included in food products more transparent to consumers. This includes the setting of salt levels that food products need to respect if they are to display a claim saying that this food product is healthy. Their aim is to provide consumers with better information on food so that they can take informed choices. Where no such health claim is displayed, there is of course no limitation on the salt level, independently of what will be the precises level of salt. What they can certainly say at this stage is, fears are totally unfounded that the Commission would want to introduce a warning, leave alone a traffic light system which will lead to a red light for German bread because of too high salt levels.