Nutriscore, what it is and how it works
Nutriscore is a labeling system “at traffic light” which may appear on the in the future front of the packs of food products. It was so renamed because its graphics reproduce that of the light signals that regulate traffic on the street. There are five colors in scale that can be assigned to a food: red, orange, yellow, light green and dark green. To these five degrees also correspond some letters, from E to A. A very healthy product would therefore be labeled with an A on a green background, an unhealthy one with an E on a red background.
The system, introduced in 2017 in Europe and already voluntarily adopted by France and Belgiumaims to visually summarize the nutritional values of foods, in particular fats, salt, sugars and kilocalories. The product classification technique is based on quantities: the calculation is made on 100 grams or 100 millilitres for all foods.
Nutriscore, what’s not to like
This mechanism is one of the many things that Italy does not like about Nutriscore. A good part of agro-food sector of our countryalso supported by politics, affirms that many excellences of our local tradition (in some cases protected by brands such as Igp and Dop) would be excessively penalized by this system, such as cold cuts and cheeses. As a result, producers and the economy in general would be damaged. Among the products most at risk are mentioned above all the Parmesan Cheese and theextra virgin olive oil.