Explanatory talk on food labelling
Consumers have become increasingly demanding and, in addition to wanting to know more about the ingredients contained in a particular product, they seek increasingly complete labelling, without neglecting important concepts such as transparency and simplicity. This, however, is no easy task.
Improved readability, food naming, mandatory nutrition information, list of ingredients, allergen information, country of origin or place of provenance of meat or company identification are some of the most important changes that have been applied since late 2014.
Learning to interpret packaging information has many advantages. On the one hand, it improves the food safety of our diet: it allows us to know the expiry date of a product or the conditions of its conservation and use, as well as identifying the preservatives and additives contained. On the other hand, thanks to these data, people who are allergic or intolerant to any nutrient can detect ingredients that affect their health. Moreover, they provide consumers with an idea of the relationship between the price, quantity and quality of the food.
But do we really know how to interpret what we read?