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Food and Feed Safety (18-05-2006)

Technical Aspects of Food Labelling Consultation

The Commission launched on May 15 a consultation to gather the views of interested parties on certain technical aspects relating to the nutritional labelling of food. The Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General is keen to have responses to questions on the following issues - reference values for vitamins and minerals, the definition of fibre, energy conversion factors, and tolerances for nutrient declarations
The questions and discussion paper can be found here: Directive 90/496/EEC on Nutrition Labelling for Foodstuffs: Discussion Paper on Revision of Technical Issues
The Commission invites interested parties to use the questions in the text as a basis for answers, and to send responses to SANCO-TECHNICAL-ISSUES@ec.europa.eu by 14 July 2006.
You may also view comments received from the 2003 consultation on revision of the Nutrition Labelling Directive.
Council Directive 90/496/EEC on Nutrition Labelling of Foodstuffs provides for the possibility of amending specific aspects of the legislation via the Standing Committee procedure. The aim of this consultation is to enable the Commission to update some of the technical articles within this legislation. A wider stakeholder consultation on a more fundamental review of labelling legislation is also open until 16 June here:
http://ec.europa.eu/comm/food/food/labellingnutrition/betterregulation/index_en.htm
Please note that any responses received could be made public.