Nutriscore, the front labeling system that does not contemplate the Mediterranean Diet

 

 

 


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For all experts, a frontal nutritional labelling system based on scientific baseline studies is essential. For Nutriscore to be effective it must be easily understandable, neutral and adapted to the habits and consumption patterns of each country

Yesterday, 22 February, a new online debate was held, attended by more than 350 people and several experts from the sector who put on the table the front label of Nutriscore food and the problems and opportunities of its implantation in Spain.

David Rodríguez, professor and director of the Microbiology Area of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Burgos, indicated during his presentation the importance of carrying out an information campaign among citizens, so that the use of the Nutriscore front label is adequate and does not generate disputes and more problems that he intends to solve. “This tool, originally from France, is interesting to provide additional nutritional information to consumers, but it is very important to educate society in its use to avoid misuses, intentions or not,” Rodriguez explained.

 

For his part, Mercedes López-Pardo, member of the Scientific Committee and coordinator of the patient information project of the Association of Nutrition and Dietary Nurses (ADENYD), stressed that “teachers instead of a new tool have a new problem. If scientists do not reach a consensus with this label, how will they reach consumers?" He also referred to the importance of the message throughout the European Union being the same, “the European population moves, if there is a system, a different nutritional message, we will confuse consumers.”

Ascension Marcos, president of the Spanish Federation of Nutrition, Food and Dietary Societies (FESNAD) in the quinquennium 2015-2020 and current member of her board of directors, emphasized the importance of improving the criteria of implantation of Nutriscore in Spain: “To be effective it must be easily understandable, neutral and adapted to the habits and the food guides of the population to which it goes. It is essential to undertake a deep pre-implementation work to achieve a broad consensus that will guarantee its success, involving all sectors involved in food consumption, such as health professionals, food producers, management and consumers.”

Subsequently, Fernando Móner, president of the Confederation of Consumers and Users (CECU), pointed out that Nutriscore is a good starting point for implanting this type of tools that, from their point of view, “are essential to get better food and to reduce diseases related to poor nutrition. It is not perfect, it has to adapt to the scientific criteria that Spanish experts indicate, but it is the perfect excuse to work together and get a simple and general frontal labelling system that the consumer knows and can use.”

María Martínez-Herrera, responsible for the environment and food security of the Spanish Association of Distributors, Self-services and Supermarkets (ASEDAS), commented on the importance of the information-formation of society to make a healthy purchase: “We can implant Nutriscore or any other labelling of existing foods, but if the consumer does not know how to interpret it, we are not giving it a useful and effective tool to follow a healthy diet.”

In conclusion, Ramon Estruch, coordinator of the PREDIMED Study (Prevention with Mediterranean Diet), highlighted that this system does not contemplate the Mediterranean Diet and recognized the need for a frontal nutritional label but based on scientific studies, as well as that “must highlight the content of nutrients critical to health, both positive and negative, should consider the essential value of vitamins, minerals and other bioactive compounds, to take into account the country’s degree of consumption.

Nutriscore, the front labeling system that does not contemplate the Mediterranean Diet

Nutriscore, the front labeling system that does not contemplate the Mediterranean Diet

For all experts, a frontal nutritional labelling system based on scientific baseline studies is essential. For Nutriscore to be effective it must be easily und

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2023-04-11

 

Nutriscore, the front labeling system that does not contemplate the Mediterranean Diet
Nutriscore, the front labeling system that does not contemplate the Mediterranean Diet

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