Notification Detail

Regulation of the Minister for Medical Care, designating Nutri-Score as a food choice logo and its conditions of use (Regulation on the designation of food choice logo)

Notification Number: 2021/530/NL (Netherlands )
Date received: 04/08/2021
End of Standstill: 05/11/2021 ( 07/02/2022)

Issue of comments by: Commission
Issue of detailed opinion by: Italy
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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2021) 02979
Directive (EU) 2015/1535
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2021/0530/NL

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: 202102979.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2021 0530 NL EN 04-08-2021 NL NOTIF

2. Member State

3. Department Responsible
Ministerie van Financiën, Dienst Douane Noord, CDIU.
( 050 5232135)

3. Originating Department
Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport.
Directie Voeding, Gezondheidsbescherming en Preventie.

4. Notification Number
2021/0530/NL - C60A

5. Title
Regulation of the Minister for Medical Care, designating Nutri-Score as a food choice logo and its conditions of use (Regulation on the designation of food choice logo)

6. Products Concerned
The subject matter of this scheme concerns the labelling of foodstuffs.

7. Notification Under Another Act
- Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods
- Directive 2000/13/EC relating to the labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs

8. Main Content
This scheme designates Nutri-Score as a food choice logo. Nutri-Score is a voluntary food choice logo for food, which helps consumers make healthier choices when purchasing within a product group. Nutri-Score is established by assigning points for the amounts of protein, fibre, fruit, vegetables, legumes and nuts contained in a food. Points are deducted from this score for the energy content (kilocalories), the quantities of sugars, saturated fat and salt. On the basis of the overall score, a product receives an A, B, C, D or E (from healthy to least healthy). The Nutri-Score logo must be used in accordance with international terms of use. The Dutch translation (which is still under development) will be published on a website to be determined. When using Nutri-Score, food businesses should place the logo on the front of their food. This helps consumers see at a glance which product is the healthier choice.

9. Brief Statement of Grounds
The Netherlands intends to adopt the logo “Nutri-Score” developed by Santé Publice France and registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Independent consumer research compared three food choice logos currently used in European countries. The extent to which these logos help consumers to make a healthy choice has been examined. The consumer survey shows that with Nutri-Score consumers can best be guided to the healthier choice. In the shop shelves similar products can be compared easily and quickly: at a glance, consumers can see which product is the healthiest choice. This makes the healthy choice the easy choice.
It is not permitted in the European Union to refuse goods lawfully marketed in one Member State in another Member State if the goods do not comply with the national rules of that Member State. Member States may not prohibit the sale of such goods within their territory, provided that such goods offer an equivalent level of protection. This is the principle of mutual recognition, which was incorporated in Article 13d of the Commodities Act in 2015. Paragraph 1 of that article contains a mutual recognition clause for goods for or under the Commodities Act.

10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
Numbers or titles of basic texts: Commodities Act Decree on Foodstuffs (concept amending decree in annex)
see also

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 does not have a major impact on international trade.

SPS aspect

NO – The draft does not have a major impact on international trade.

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  Avianza on 15-09-2021
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 Avianza's considerations regarding Nutriscore front-of-pack labeling


Within the framework of the interest of governments to watch over the health and quality of their citizens, different administrations have introduced in their territories different types of nutritional labeling. One of them, specifically the French "Nutriscore" system, has been the one in which the Spanish authorities have been interested as an option to introduce it in our country. 

After a careful evaluation of this system, from Avianza, Spanish Interprofessional Association of Poultry Meat, we found that this model is not fully adapted to the needs of consumers because of its ambiguity and its ineffectiveness in differentiating between healthy and unhealthy products, being based solely on the calories contained in the food. 

Meat and meat products offer consumers important nutrients, since they are a source of essential amino acids, as well as vitamins and minerals, essential for the correct development and functioning of the organism at all stages of life. 

Therefore, we consider that "Nutriscore" labeling is detrimental to both consumers and producers, and therefore to the European market, by providing data based solely on the caloric value of foods, thus offering biased and distorted information, far from the Mediterranean diet, healthy and varied, based on natural, healthy and sustainable products, which benefit the health and quality of life of consumers. 

Nutriscore focuses on giving foods one of five letter ratings, with "A" being a preferable score and "E" a detrimental score. Only seven different parameters of nutritional information per 100 g of food are involved in the calculation of the score. This calculation does not take into account the exact quantities consumed, which ends up confusing the consumer even more. 

For all these reasons, we consider that the introduction of the Nutriscore font type labeling in our country is not an appropriate choice to preserve consumer protection, as well as the transparency of food economic operators and food safety.

From Avianza, we consider that a front labeling should take into account the scientifically recognized nutritional properties, as well as the individual macronutrients provided by foods, and include specific nutritional information, essential to follow a healthy lifestyle and fight against diet-related diseases.