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Amendment of the regulation on voluntary labelling of foods with the Keyhole

Notification Number: 2020/9010/N (Norway )
Date received: 25/06/2020
End of Standstill: 28/09/2020

Issue of comments by: Commission
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Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2020) 02246
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No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Não inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 202002246.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 901 IND 2020 9010 N EN 25-06-2020 N NOTIF

2. Member State

3. Department Responsible
Royal Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries
Departement of Trade Policy
P.O. Box 8090, Dep
NO-0032 Oslo


3. Originating Department
Department of Public Health
P.O.Box 8011 Dep,
N-0032 Oslo

4. Notification Number
2020/9010/N - C00A

5. Title
Amendment of the regulation on voluntary labelling of foods with the Keyhole

6. Products Concerned
Foods as defined by article 2 of Regulation (EC) no 178/2002 (Food Law) and specifically describeed in Annex 2 to the Regulation on voluntary labelling of foods with the Keyhole.

C50A (Foddstuffs) and C60A (Labelling).

7. Notification Under Another Act
- Regulation (EC) nº 1924/2006 concerning nutrition and health claims made on foods

8. Main Content
The Keyhole is a voluntary symbol used on foods that will enable consumers to make a better choice based on the content of fat, sugar, salt and fiber in the categories of foods listed in Appendix 2 to the regulations. The Keyhole symbol is used jointly in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. The scientific basis for the criteria is the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations (NNR). Criteria and food groups reflect the NNR and the dietary habits in the countries. The general provisions for the use of the symbol are stated in the regulations.

Only criteria have been set where these are considered relevant, eg for milk only criteria have been set for the content of fat. The labeling scheme means that a complete assessment of the nutritional quality of the product has been made. The Keyhole symbol may be used in the marketing of pre-packaged and non-prepackaged foods covered by the food categories in Appendix 2 of the regulation if they comply with all the nutritional criteria for the food category concerned. Restrictions on the use of the symbol appear in §§ 5-7 of the Norwegian regulation.The Keyhole can be used for labeling as well as in marketing and presentation of food.

No registration and no fees are required to use the Keyhole. Food business operators using the Keyhole must ensure that they comply with the regulations. The supervisory authorities are responsible for checking compliance with the provisions of the regulations.

The proposed regulation concerns amendments to the current regulations on the volontary use of the Keyhole which was last notified in 2014 (2014/9007 / N). Sweden, Denmark and Iceland also make corresponding changes to their regulations. The amendments mainly concern the conditions in Appendix 2 of the food groups 26-31, Ready meals and food group 25, Vegetable products. Most of the changes are made with the aim of expanding the food groups to include more products, especially products with more whole grains and a larger proportion of vegetables. It is suggested that the condition for saturated fat is stated in grams per 100 grams instead of the percentage of the total fat content.

9. Brief Statement of Grounds
Labeling and presentation with the Keyhole aims to guide consumers in a simple and credible way to healthier alternatives within certain food categories. The Keyhole has been used in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland with good results. The Keyhole symbol is well known and a majority of the population is of the opinion that the Keyhole stands for a healthier choice in relation to other foods within the same category. In the food industry there is a rapid development of new ready meals and other foods with more vegetable content and more whole grains. The proposed changes result in a simpler regulatory framework and that more products can be labeled with the Keyhole while ensuring that the Keyhole is in line with the dietary guidelines.

10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
References of the Basic Texts: Regulation of 18 February 2015 No 139 on voluntary labelling of foodstuffs with the Keyhole.

11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure

12. Grounds for the Emergency

13. Confidentiality

14. Fiscal measures

15. Impact assessment

16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

No - The draft has no significant impact on international trade

SPS aspect

No - The draft is not a sanitary or phytosanitary measure

European Commission

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