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EU Set To Make Determination On New Food Labeling Guidelines

February 21, 2011: 12:47 PM EST
In April, the European Parliament will conduct the second reading of new food labeling legislation proposed in 2008. Questions about the new legislation focus on the most effective method of quantifying estimated nutritional and energy requirements, known as guideline dietary amounts (GDAs). The European Parliament and the European Union stipulate that GDAs be listed per 100g or 100ml but a voluntary industry plan currently being implemented is experimenting with listing the GDAs per portion size. While a new study by the European Food Information Council (Eufic) and the University of Surrey, England of 13,117 consumers found portion size information most useful to consumers, it has also revealed the advisability of devising universally applicable portion sizes that reflect consumer practice rather than industry bias.
"Food labelling: Study shows benefits of portion information", EuroActiv, February 21, 2011, © EuroActiv, EU
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