Berlin (dpa) – The Nutri-Score logo, as an aid to buying healthier products, can increasingly be found on food packaging in supermarkets.
Meanwhile, 300 German companies with 577 brands have registered for their use, the Federal Food Ministry told the German Press Agency. Among them are manufacturers and distributors of different sizes and industries.
The name of the labeling system developed in France means something like “nutritional score”. In addition to sugar, fat and salt, it also includes recommended elements such as fiber, protein or proportions of fruits and vegetables. Points are awarded for quantities per 100 grams. The result is a single global value, displayed on a five-level scale: from “A” in a dark green field for the most favorable balance to a yellow “C” and a red “E” for the least favorable. The applicable field will be highlighted.
It didn’t start from scratch
In Germany, a regulation has been in force since November 2020 as a framework for the legally safe use of the Nutri-Score. However, the logo did not start from scratch, individual vendors used it beforehand. Companies that want to use Nutri-Score must register with the French Health Agency as brand owners and then comply with the regulations. This is to complement the mandatory nutritional value tables throughout the EU, which are usually small and can be found on the back of the pack. The Nutri-Score should be on the front.
According to the information, the use in Germany has gradually increased. One year after the entry into force of the regulation in November 2021, 244 local companies with 470 brands were registered. The number of participating companies is growing steadily, a ministry spokeswoman said. If you also include companies based outside of Germany that sell their Nutri-Score logo products on the German market or plan to do so, there are a total of 440 companies with 719 brands.
Federal Ministry of Food in the Nutri-Score
Ordinance on the introduction of Nutri-Score in the Federal Law Gazette
Official translation of the Nutri-Score statute