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New European food labelling rules will help consumers “make more informed decisions”

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 11 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4435
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

The European parliament overwhelmingly adopted legislation on 6 July to improve the clarity and degree of information provided on food packaging across the European Union. The new measures took three years to agree and are the result of a compromise between members of the parliament and EU governments. They will take effect in 2014.

The legislation details the mandatory information that a package must contain and aims to improve the legibility of labels by stipulating a minimum text size (an x height of 1.2 mm). John Dalli, the health and consumer commissioner, said that the new rules would empower consumers …

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