March 3, 2021

The OCU calls for improvements in the new food labeling to be implemented by Health

The OCU calls for improvements in the new food labeling to be implemented by Health

The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) today applauded the new labeling, announced by the Ministry of Health, which will identify the nutritional quality of food and beverages, although it has requested complementary improvements to provide "information" more appropriate to citizens .

The Minister of Health, María Luisa Carcedo, announced this morning the implementation of a five-color logo on the labeling, consisting of a graph with gradual coloring from green to red in five levels and each product will highlight the color that corresponds to it. function of its content in sugars, saturated fats, salt, calories, fiber and proteins.

The OCU considers, in a statement, a "good news" the implementation of this new labeling system, called Nutriscore, considering that Spain "opts definitively" for a "clearer and less confusing" system for consumers .

However, he believes it "advisable" that the new labeling would have to reflect "specific" information of the nutrients he considers "more critical" such as salt, sugar, fat and saturated fats of the processed products.

In addition, it considers necessary to introduce this more detailed information, also with colors and by 100 grams, for consumers who need additional information "for their health circumstances".

The OCU believes that other aspects should be taken into account in the definition of the new labeling criteria such as the presence of additives, the list of ingredients, the relationship between nutrients or the degree of processing of the product.

The labeling announced by the minister will begin to be seen in supermarkets shortly, as companies are beginning to adopt it voluntarily, although the measure will be mandatory within a year, the period in which the royal decree will be approved.

Therefore, the OCU indicates that, in the process of preparing the regulations, it will ask Health to take into account the opinion of consumers and their associations and to introduce these changes "to improve nutritional information".


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