The European Parliament has endorsed a set of rules on the labeling and content of baby milk and foods for special medical purposes. The aim is to better define and distinguish more clearly between foods for normal consumption and foods for specific groups in order to protect consumers.
The new rules will replace various pieces of legislation currently in force in order to simplify and clarify the rules on the labeling and composition of products that make up one to two percent of the total food market. These include:
- Infant formula and follow-on formula (for babies aged six to eight months)
- Processed cereal-based food
- Food for special medical purposes
- Total diet replacement for weight control
The Regulation will be published in the EU Official Journal in the coming weeks and will only apply from 2016 to allow time for businesses to adapt their commercial practices. No products will however have to be withdrawn from the market.