Nutri-Score

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Nutri-Score label of an "A" product.

The Nutri-Score, also known as the 5-Colour Nutrition label or 5-CNL, is a nutritional rating system that was selected by the French government in March 2017 to be displayed on food products after it was compared against several labels proposed by industry or retailers.[1][2][3] It relies on the computation of a nutrient profiling system derived from the United Kingdom Food Standards Agency nutrient profiling system (FSA score).[1] It has also been recommended by Belgian, Spanish, German and Dutch authorities[4][5][6][7] as well as the European Commission[8] and the World Health Organization.[3] It was created by Santé Publique France,[9] the French public health agency, based on the work of Serge Hercberg from Sorbonne Paris North University.[10]

When compared with other Front-of-Package labels, Nutri-Score emerged as the most efficient in conveying information on the nutritional quality of foods.[11]

Delhaize crunchy muesli price and Nutri-Score

Calculation[edit]

A Nutri-Score for a particular food item is given in one of five classification letters, with 'A' being a preferable score and 'E' being a detrimental score. The calculation of the score involves seven different parameters of nutrient information per 100g of food which are usually available on food packagings.

High content of fruits and vegetables, fibers, protein and healthy oils (rapeseed, walnut and olive oils, rule added in 2019[12]) promote a preferable score, while high content of energy, sugar, saturated fatty acids, and sodium promote a detrimental score.[13] In addition to the general calculation rules applied to most types of food, there are special rules for cheese, for “added fats” (fats that are meant as ingredients, such as vegetable oils or butter), and for beverages.

Adoption of the Nutri-Score[edit]

Adoption of the Nutri-Score in Europe:
  Government has recommended the use
  Voluntary use by manufacturers
  No data
  Government is opposed

EU laws do not allow countries to unilaterally impose their own food labelling system, therefore they can only give recommendations.[14]

The Nutri-Score has been officially recommended by health authorities in France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain and Switzerland.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21]

In Portugal, Slovenia and Austria, some food companies such as Nestlé, Auchan or Danone announced that they would use the Nutri-Score although it was not officially recommended by the authorities.[22][23][24]

Opposition to Nutri-Score is coming from a coalition of countries including Italy, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, and Romania.[25] The Italian government has proposed a competing food label system. Southern EU countries say Nutri-score puts the traditional Mediterranean diet at a disadvantage.[20]

The score is also used by Open Food Facts to allow people to compare the nutritional value of products.[26]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Julia, Chantal; Etilé, Fabrice; Hercberg, Serge (2018). "Front-of-pack Nutri-Score labelling in France: an evidence-based policy". The Lancet Public Health. 3 (4): e164. doi:10.1016/s2468-2667(18)30009-4. ISSN 2468-2667. PMID 29483002.
  2. ^ "France becomes one of the first countries in Region to recommend colour-coded front-of-pack nutrition labelling system". euro.who.int. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Santi, Pascale Santi (20 February 2018). "Le logo nutritionnel arrive dans les rayons des supermarchés" [The nutritional logo is now available in supermarket shelves]. Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  4. ^ Jacobs, Aline (2 April 2019). "Consommer plus sainement: le "Nutri-Score" débarque officiellement en Belgique". RTBF Info (in French). Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  5. ^ Sota, Idoia (20 November 2018). "Cómo funciona NutriScore, el nuevo etiquetado de alimentos: críticas y virtudes del semáforo nutricional". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  6. ^ Morrison, Oliver (1 October 2019). "Germany plans to introduce Nutriscore: 'This is a milestone in nutrition policy'". FoodNavigator. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  7. ^ Best, Dean (29 November 2019). "Dutch government announces support for Nutri-Score". Just Food. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Le gouvernement lance officiellement son étiquetage nutritionnel coloré" [Government officially launches its colourful nutrition labelling]. Ouest-France (in French). 31 October 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Santé publique France - Nutri-Score". www.santepubliquefrance.fr (in French). Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Serge Hercberg, l'homme qui a imposé le Nutri-Score". www.lefigaro.fr (in French). Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  11. ^ Julia, Chantal; Pettigrew, Simone; Hercberg, Serge; Talati, Zenobia; Egnell, Manon (October 2018). "Objective Understanding of Front-of-Package Nutrition Labels: An International Comparative Experimental Study across 12 Countries". Nutrients. 10 (10): 1542. doi:10.3390/nu10101542. PMC 6213801. PMID 30340388.
  12. ^ "Nutri-Score Frequently Asked Question" (PDF). 3 March 2021. The “fruits, vegetables, pulses, and nuts” component has been modified in October 2019 to better take into account the nutritional recommendations for oils in Europe. The percent of rapeseed, walnut and olive oils in the products is now included in the positive component “fruits, vegetables, pulses, and nuts” for the score calculation.
  13. ^ "Nutri-Score, a simple labelling system for nutritional value". nutriscore.colruytgroup.com. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Petition on European food labels seeks 1m signatures". The Connexion. 21 May 2019. Archived from the original on 6 December 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  15. ^ Jacobs, Aline (2 April 2019). "Consommer plus sainement: le "Nutri-Score" débarque officiellement en Belgique". RTBF Info (in French). Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  16. ^ Sota, Idoia (20 November 2018). "Cómo funciona NutriScore, el nuevo etiquetado de alimentos: críticas y virtudes del semáforo nutricional". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  17. ^ Morrison, Oliver (1 October 2019). "Germany plans to introduce Nutriscore: 'This is a milestone in nutrition policy'". FoodNavigator. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  18. ^ Best, Dean (29 November 2019). "Dutch government announces support for Nutri-Score". Just Food. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  19. ^ "Luxembourg joins Nutri-Score adopters". RetailDetail. 13 February 2020.
  20. ^ a b Fortuna, Gerardo (16 March 2021). "Scientists renew support for Nutri-Score amid a 'Mediterranean' uprising". Euractiv. Archived from the original on 16 March 2021. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  21. ^ "Behörden von sieben europäischen Ländern koordinieren die Einführung des Nutri-Score". www.blv.admin.ch. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  22. ^ Revill, John (27 November 2019). Miller, John (ed.). "Nestle to use Nutri-Score nutrition-labeling in Europe". Reuters. Retrieved 19 March 2021. [Nestlé] will introduce [Nutri-Score] in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland, starting in the first half of 2020.
  23. ^ "Auchan Portugal Adopts Nutri-Score On Own-Brand Products". ESM: The European Supermarket Magazine. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  24. ^ Vošnjak, Anita (15 February 2019). "Danone prinaša v Slovenijo nov črkovno-barvni model označevanja živil nutri-score". Dnevnik (in Slovenian). Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  25. ^ Foote, Natasha (18 September 2020). "Member states coalition presents latest challenge to colour-coded nutrition label". Euractiv. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  26. ^ "Compare the nutrition quality of food products with the Nutri-Score!". world.openfoodfacts.org. Retrieved 24 August 2021.

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