Food and Retail Update 5 October 2014

EU: UK traffic light nutritional signposting scheme may be illegal

The EU Commission has served a formal notice that the scheme does not comply with EU law. The UK has two months to respond and explain why it does. The objection is that the scheme would restrict trade, is too simplistic and denigrates traditional products such as Prosciutto, Parmesan Cheese and Olives. The UK national scheme is only permitted on a trial basis under FIC.

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