The resolution about nutritional labels that the UN are discussing, which could be based on stamps or taxes to dissuade the consumption of certain foods, may put at risk almost 85% of the Made in Italy denomination of origin (PDO) food. This is what Italian farmers’ association Coldiretti states, targeting the resolution written by seven ‘Foreign Policy and Global Health (Fpgh)’ countries. Officially, it “urges the Member States to adopt fiscal and regulatory policies that discourage the consumption of unhealthy foods” and it should be put to the vote by the UN tomorrow.
NUTRITIONAL LABELS VS. ITALIAN FOOD
According to Coldiretti, “this new attack aims to hit the foods that contain sugar, fat and salt by asking to prepare special nutritional labels and to reformulate the recipes, based on a model of artificial nutrition inspired by the multinationals that actually endangers the future of Made in Italy products”. The green light is used to promote junk foods with sweeteners instead of sugar, while red and black lights reject healthy products such as extra virgin olive oil, a symbol of the Mediterranean diet, as well as the best known Italian cheeses and cold cuts. A heritage that allowed Italy to reach the record number of over eighty aged people in Europe, as well as a life expectancy that is among the highest in the world: 80.6 for men and 85 for women.
CORRECT NUTRITION OR CORRECT DIET?
“A correct diet is based on the nutritional balance between the different foods consumed and should not be sought on the specific product. There are no healthy or unhealthy foods, but only more or less healthy diets – says Coldiretti’s president Ettore Prandini -. The resolution is a significant danger for Made in Italy food industry that set a new export record with a +3% in the first six months of 2018, following a value of 41.03 billion in 2017”.