Around 57 per cent of 1,600 consumers interviewed across Germany have come out in favour of the “nutri-score” labelling system, according to a representative survey by the German Ministry of Health. Those surveyed said the food labelling system is consumer-friendly, easy to recognise and helps them assess the nutritional values of food at a glance. Consumers in Hamburg would also like more transparency and fairness in the food segment, according to an online survey (February 2019) by the Consumer Affairs Office (Verbraucherzentrale) Hamburg .
Every second adult overweight
“The results of the latest survey confirm what consumers in Hamburg have been demanding for years. A standard labelling system on packaging with information on how to rate the sugar, fat and salt content of a product from a nutritional point of view,” said Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks, Senator for Health and Consumer Protection. After this survey at the latest, it is now time for the German ministry to introduce the nutri score logo and to advocate standard and binding labelling across the EU as already exists in some member countries, she added.
Multi-coloured labelling system
The nutri-score aims to give consumers a quick overview using a multi-coloured system. Apart from the sugar, fat and salt content, the system outlines recommended components such as proteins also. The result is displayed as one value only – a dark green “A” indicates the best value and can range from a yellow “C” to red “E”.