Food nutrition label trial in French stores branded a 'farce'

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The government is trialling four different systems of food labelling in a bid to inform consumers better about exactly what it is they are eating. But food quality watchdogs claim that the nutrition label test being conducted in supermarkets across France has been hijacked by the food producing lobby and should now be abandoned. Karl Laske reports.

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For some it has descended into fiasco, for other critics it is quite simply a “farce”. A ten-week government-backed trial to test which labels should be used on food to inform French consumers about a product's nutritional value has met with fierce criticism. Some observers claim the study has been hijacked by large-scale food producers and should now be stopped altogether.