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Deciphering labels

3 May 2007

Discovering the language of labeling… for the students of the class 2nd 5, in the context of their project "eating better, eating organic. "

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The 9th of October the students of the class 2nd 5 in the context of their class project received member of the organization Bioconvergence from the Rhône-Alpes region. They were able to learn from this visit what the role of a label is and the information that it contains.

What is labeling?
According to the law labeling for a food product is: an information, an indication, or brand of production or sale; in the form of a description of the product, an image, or a logo. A label can be in different shapes, sizes, colors and situated in different places on the packaging of a product… _ However, there are certain things that are obligatory on labels.

Obligatory information
A product, to be sold commercially, must have on its packaging: a trade name (the nature of the product); its shelf life (there are best before dates and use-by dates) the quantity; its composition (the first ingredient in the list is the one that there is the most of in the product); who the maker, packager or distributor is; the production lot number; instructions for use; and for alcoholic drinks, the alcohol content.

However, there is also information that is not obligatory
On labels there is also sometimes fanciful or descriptive information (the goal of this being to tempt the consumer, for example: “luxurious honey”), nutritional values, the commercial label (for exampleCarrefour a French supermarket label) and also official marks indicating quality.

Labeling is therefore…
All the information that we need to know about a product. Labeling must conform legally, readable, and especially not mislead the consumer.
Labeling is extremely IMPORTANT.