EU Gives Current Food Labelling Requirements a Facelift

As time goes on, citizens of all nations are beginning to become more interested in what goes into the foods that they eat.
February 4, 2012

As time goes on, citizens of all nations are beginning to become more interested in what goes into the foods that they eat. People are more health conscious than ever before and that includes in regards to the additives and preservatives that go into their food.

They’re concerned about what their children may be consuming and growing up with as well. That said, people are paying more attention than ever before to the labelling attached to their food. Monitoring agencies like the EU are rising to the occasion as a result and cracking down on regulations attached to false advertising and incorrect labelling.

Recently the EU put into effect a new set of food labelling laws that will be launched into full effect by the end of the year 2012. To begin with, food product sold in Europe will be required to inform purchasing consumers of facts such as the total amount of greenhouse emission produced during the manufacture and packaging of the product. Consumers will also now be privy to information such as the comprehensive life cycle of the product, what the overall environmental impact is of the product, and other eco-related data tied to the product’s production and consumption.

The overall goal behind these law changes is to encourage consumers to adopt a more sustainable mindset when it comes to the decisions they make about the foods that they buy. This is in keeping with the stellar track record the EU already has in regards to keeping the general public well informed of what goes into the making of what they consume and feed to their families.

Other countries are beginning to follow the EU’s example including Japan, Canada, and France. Even more major nations like the United States are expected to follow suit in the years to come.