CEFS supports the clear, informative, science-based, and non-misleading labelling of food products in order to help consumers make informed choices.
This is why CEFS follows the implementation and interpretation of Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 on food information to consumers (FIC), which establishes the general principles, requirements, and responsibilities governing food information, and in particular food labelling.
CEFS also follows the implementation and interpretation of Regulation (EC) 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods, which governs how food business operators can highlight (on the products labels or in their advertising) certain particularities of their products, in relation to their nutritional composition or health impact.
Sugar is a standardised product defined in Directive 2001/111/EC. The Directive provides that the product names defined shall apply only to the products referred to therein and shall be used in trade to designate them. CEFS makes sure that the name ‘sugar’ is properly used.
In addition, CEFS is an observer in the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) where labelling is discussed at a global level.