Brussels rejects the proposal to remove the words "without palm oil" from the packages

12 March 2018

The European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee rejected the proposal to remove the words "without palm oil" and "GMO-free" from food labels. The proposal was presented by two Italian MEPs, Alberto Cirio and Fulvio Martisciello on the grounds that these words would divert attention from the content of the product. For this reason they should be considered as an ambiguous practice and a form of misleading advertising.

The real objective of the amendment was to oblige companies to declare or list only the characteristics of the ingredients actually present in the product and to exclude those that are not contained, unless the presence or absence of certain ingredients refers to congenital diseases.

According to the two MEPs, unlike the terms "gluten-free" or "lactose-free", which are inserted for people with allergies or intolerances, the claims "without palm oil" and "GMO-free" distract attention from what is put in the product instead of palm oil.

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