Far From Transparency

Last February 21st, the European Parliament’s Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs approved an amendment proposed by Italian MEPs Fulvio Martusciello and Alberto Cirio. The amendment requires food companies to specify in advertising or on labels only substances and ingredients present in the product, thus forbidding to indicate the absence of ingredients and substances not present, unless they are related to congenital diseases. If it will become operational, the Commission should prohibit the use of a rather large set of claims relating to the absence of unwelcome ingredients to consumers such as “free from preservatives”, “palm oil free”, “hydrogenated fats free”, “GMO free”. Read the full article here