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On Consumer Information...

 
The Consumer Goods Forum has committed to industry-wide implementation of consistent product labelling and consumer information to help consumers make informed choices and usages. The target date for application is 2018 and we will continue to support our members who are at varying stages of implementation. We will also publically report on our progress.  
 
Our members endeavor to provide all our consumers and shoppers with access to transparent, fact-based information about products to enable them to make healthier choices for themselves and their families, with regards to their diet, hygiene, personal care, exercise, and lifestyle through a number of different initiatives outlined in our Health & Wellness Resolutions.
 
The consumer goods industry has supported voluntary Front of Pack systems in multiple jurisdictions that are based on similar principles but vary in detail, based on national requirements. The Consumer Goods Forum will drive the implementation.
 
  • We will ask our members to display energy information (at minimum) on the Front of Pack in markets where there is currently no specific recommendation for Front of Pack nutrition information.
  • We believe that the Front of Pack has an important role to play in the information and education of consumers and shoppers.
  • We acknowledge that there are other existing Front of Pack labelling systems in various parts of the world – particularly those supported by local governments – and we will work synergistically with other on-pack information.
 

Actions on Product Information

The provision of transparent, fact-based nutrition information on packaging forms the cornerstone of consumer information and education to enable consumers and shoppers to make informed dietary decisions about the food and beverages they choose. Therefore, a particular focus on Nutritional Labeling of Food & Beverage Products is considered with the following tangible actions:
 

Action 1

We will provide nutritional information on the back or side of packs as follows:
  • Providing globally on-pack nutrition information on products – for at least seven (7) parameters: energy, carbohydrates, total sugars, protein, fat, saturated fats, sodium, and also for nutrients on which a nutrition or health claim is made. 
  • This will include per serving/portion and per 100 g/ml, if required, and may include the contribution to the diet as the official daily intake guidance, where such values are available
  • Wherever it is not feasible to provide nutrition information on pack due to limited space or type of packaging, we will ensure that this information is available to consumers and shoppers in other forms, e.g. websites, in-store leaflets, consumer call/care lines etc.
 
A two-phased implementation plan is proposed 
  1. Nutrition (facts) table – for countries /products lacking basic information
  2. Where available, we may include the contribution to the diet as a percentage of guidance daily intake plus supporting educational programs - for countries /products with basic nutritional information already provided 
 

Action 2

We will, in accordance with The Forum’s antitrust guidelines and all relevant competition laws, work towards an agreement on nutritional information for Front of Pack, to the extent permitted by applicable laws and regulations. 
 
The Health & Wellness Steering Committee has mandated a Taskforce to work on a Global Labelling Framework.  The global framework will be developed to give an overview of good industry practices in product labelling and usage.  It will showcase implementation of the Health & Wellness Resolution 2 and will be a practical and easy-to-use overview of industry practices in product labelling and usage.
 

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