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EU tightens regulations on food labelling

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1233
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Union has approved two pieces of legislation that set new standards for the claims that food manufacturers make about their products.

    The first is designed to combat false or misleading terms such as “fat free,” “high fibre,” or “low alcohol” on the labels of a host of everyday products. The second introduces new rules on the addition of vitamins and minerals to foods.

    The food labelling measures, which were overwhelmingly approved by the European parliament on 16 May by 614 votes to eight with 16 abstentions, will be …

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