Experts meet in Lisbon to assess evidence and review progress on nutrition labelling

WHO

Nutrition labelling can guide consumer food selection and nudge individuals towards healthier choices. In particular, front-of-pack labelling may also stimulate industry to pursue favorable compositional changes to the food supply, notably through food reformulation.

At a WHO/Europe meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, experts reviewed the available evidence and compiled a range of country experiences and lessons learned to develop guiding principles and a guidance framework for implementing front-of-pack labelling.

The meeting had several objectives.

  • Review the types of front-of-pack labelling systems currently implemented, or propose and identify their benefits and limitations.
  • Review and assess the evidence on the effectiveness of different types of front-of-pack labelling systems.
  • Review case studies of countries with experience in implementing front-of-pack labelling.
  • Identify issues and considerations for the design and implementation of front-of-pack labelling systems in order to develop guiding principles and a guidance framework for implementing front-of-pack labelling.

Bringing together existing information and building on available evidence reviews, experts discussed the types of front-of-pack labelling systems that have been used or proposed, their inherent benefits and limitations, their performance or potential performance in the market place in guiding food selection and encouraging food reformulation, as well as considerations for the design and implementation of front-of-pack labelling systems.