Not My Mum – Hands off my ‘Tartine’Posted: June 17, 2010
Remember when I wrote that Europe was not our Mom and therefore is not supposed to tell us what to eat or not ; it just has to make sure we are properly informed…
A plan to improve this information was put before the MEPs this week – and was rejected. The proposed plan would have introduced color coded pies indicating the level of fat, salt, sugar, … and the healthiness of those. Aliments with too much fat or salt would also faced restrictions on advertising.
The problem with that scheme : It’s killing Nutella (among others) ! Nutella, by essence, got more than ten percent of fat – a level high above the healthy limit – and would face restriction and an red filled colored information pie that would stamp it as unhealthy . Of course, eating Nutella by the spoons would not be the healthiest thing (but it is so good), but people don’t always eat bare Nutella, bread or waffles level down the unhealthiness of the chocolate delicacy.
This is a tricky issue ; one would argue that labeling products as healthy or not is a form of telling us what to eat – Although, just giving the amount of fat or sugar is not necessary a clear indication for citizens… The debate will go on.
Thanks to @zanlaura who brought the Nutella issue to my attention.