EU food labeling proposal draws criticism.
"Food labels can have a huge influence on consumer's purchasing decisions," said EU health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou. "Confusing, overloaded or misleading labels can be more of a hindrance than a help to the consumer. Today's proposal aims to ensure that food labels carry the essential information in a clear and legible way, so that EU citizens are empowered to make balanced dietary choices."
Groups such as the Confederation of Food and Drink Industries insisted that the Commission plan is "unworkable" and too expensive, while the European Consumers' Organization contended the requirements do not go far enough to ensure a clear, EU-wide scheme that will have the intended effect of improving dietary habits. Both groups issued their initial statements opposing the initiative Jan. 31