Last reviewed 23 February 2021

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed that it has been asked by the European Commission to provide scientific advice to support the development of a future EU-wide system for front-of-pack nutrition labelling.

It will also inform the setting of conditions for using nutrition and health claims on foods.

According to the action plan for the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy, the Commission intends to submit, by the end of 2022, a proposal for harmonised mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling and for the setting of nutrient profiles to restrict the promotion of food high in, for example, salt, sugars and/or fat.

It has now asked EFSA to provide scientific advice on:

  • nutrients of public health importance for European populations, including non-nutrient components of food (such as energy, dietary fibre)

  • food groups which have important roles in the diets of European populations and subgroups

  • criteria to guide the choice of nutrients and other non-nutrient components of food for nutrient profiling.

EFSA is required to deliver its scientific opinion by March 2022 and has said that it will consult publicly on the draft by the end of this year.

The Commission’s letter, giving details of EFSA’s brief, can be found on the EFSA website.