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Union Law Basis and Official Controls of the Nutri-Score®

Andreas Meisterernst, Leonie Evans

The French Nutri-Score® is on its way to success. The approach of a simple depiction explaining which foods are better or worse than others is politically convincing. There have been enough models for symbols: the British traffic light, the Scandinavian key-hole system and, more recently, the Italian battery model. As propagated by consumer protection associations and NGOs, they are all designed to provide quick and concise information to the (thus probably volatile) consumer who is overwhelmed by the perception of the nutrition declaration and the list of ingredients. Germany has now decided to implement the French Nutri-Score® system as well. The legal basis found for the Nutri-Score® in EU law differs in the several member states which introduced it. This topic will be discussed in this article as well as the issue of how the new labelling could be officially monitored.

Inernational and extended version of an article of Andreas Meisterernst in the German law journal ‘Zeitschrift für das gesamte Lebensmittelrecht (ZLR)’ 2020, 293 summarising his speech on 1 January 2020 at the meeting of the European Food Law Association (EFLA) - German Section – (Deutsche Sektion e.V.) in Berlin.

Andreas Meisterernst is a founding partner of the Munich law firm Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte and Editor-in-chief of EFFL. Leonie Evans has been an Associate at Meisternst Rechtsanwälte since 2012 and the Managing Editor of EFFL.


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