Nutrition labeling is coming to our shelves. After its adoption by decree last October, 33 companies affix on some of their products.
5 letters and 5 colors: A, B, C, D, E and shades of green to red. This logo is now visible on the shelves of French supermarkets. This is Nutri-Score®, nutritional labeling, adopted by decree last October. Consumer associations, scientists and government institutions recommend its use by manufacturers and distributors. According to Public Health France, 33 food companies have already begun to place labeling on some of their products.
A non-compulsory system
The more the tones are red, or the closer to the E, the lower the nutritional quality of the product. So if the product is too fat, too sweet or too salty, its score will be close to D or E. This logo will be on products ranging from ham to industrial cakes and yogurts. Among the brands that have already adopted Danone, Fleury Michon, Jacquet, Marie or Materne. The law does not require companies to display nutrition labeling. The adoption of this system is done on a voluntary basis.
In April 2018, a Nutri-Score® calculator will be available to professionals and individuals. Designed by INRA and INSERM, it allows to calculate the nutritional value of a product that is not referenced by the logo.
Relative efficiency according to ANSES
Since 2014, reflections have been launched on the creation of a nutritional information system. In January 2017, the National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labor (ANSES) published a report on the Nutri-Score® system. For experts, the system alone can not be effective in terms of nutritional prevention.
"The nutritional relevance of a nutrition information system is the result of its ability to reduce the incidence of disease in the general population through its effects on food choices," the report says. "The analysis shows that none of the 5 nutrition information systems can be qualified as relevant to current public health issues". Labeling can only be useful if it is put in place along with concrete measures to inform the population about food.