Politikstrategie Food Labelling – Gemeinsame Stellungnahme der Wissenschaftlichen Beiräte für Verbraucher- und Ernährungspolitik sowie Agrarpolitik beim Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz September 2011
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Binary characteristics, such as ingredients, origin, the use of genetic engineering or nanotechnology, are not suitable for an umbrella label concept. For such cases, the recommendation provides a decision grid for classifying the respective labelling area. For specific terms such as "GM-free" or "from mountain farms", the Scientific Advisory Boards recommend maintaining or introducing reserved terms that may only be used when legally defined conditions are met. At the same time, it should also be ensured in this area that terms are protected through a ban on (misleading) allusions. For private-sector labels, logos, references to testing or monitoring systems or specific advertising statements on the process quality, just as for state-imposed or state-supported labels, information should be made available at the point of sale or on the product packaging to enable the consumer to find further details on the system. It should be obligatory to state (e.g. on the internet) by whom the label is awarded and what the award criteria and the control process comprise. It is also necessary to ensure the independence of the inspectors and the control of the label providers (e.g. through accreditation), and to document this transparently. The observance or breach of legal minimum standards should generally not be communicated through a label.