Nanofoods: Members of the European Parliament object to new labelling rules

27 March 2014

EU Parliament opposed the Commission's proposed definition of “engineered nanomaterials”, stating that this definition would exempt foods containing additives which might be nanomaterials that are already on the market from being labelled. The EU Parliament objected on the grounds that they would grant an exemption from food-labelling requirements for nano-additives already on the market. It considers the Commission’s justification for the exemption – that indicating existing food additives followed by the word "nano" in brackets on the labels could confuse consumers by suggesting that these additives are new – to be “erroneous and irrelevant” (Press Release EU Parliament, 12 March 2014).
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