Dispute over nutritional information: Dr. Oetker conceded defeat before the ECJ
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LUXEMBOURG (dpa-AFX) – According to a judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), nutritional information on the front of food packaging may not refer to special types of preparation. Information of this kind did not allow a comparison with the corresponding foods from other manufacturers, according to a judgment published on Thursday.
They could also confuse consumers if the values per 100 grams of the product at the time of sale were indicated elsewhere on the packaging (Case C-388/20). The background to the ECJ ruling is a legal dispute between the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv) and the food company Dr. Oetker.
In the case of a muesli with the name “Vitalis Knuspermüsli Schoko & Keks” on the front of the packaging, the company provided information on the calorific value and the amount of fat, saturated fatty acids, sugar and salt, which only related to the portion of the prepared food. The vzbv sued the procedure up to the Federal Court of Justice (BGH), which then turned to the ECJ with questions about the interpretation of EU law.
The association welcomed the clarifications of the ECJ. “The verdict clears the way for more transparency and clarity,” commented board member Klaus Müller. The “calorie accounting for food” is put a stop ./aha/DP/he
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