In October 2015 Federalimentare signed a voluntary agreement with the Italian Ministry of Health, focused on food product reformulation: “Common objectives for the improvement of the nutritional characteristics of food products, with a special focus on children (aged 3-12)”. The period covered is 2008-2018.
Targets for reformulation have been agreed for three different categories of foods (not only specifically children’s products):
1) cereal & sweet (breakfast cereal, biscuits, salted snacks, potato chips, crackers, cakes)
2) beverage (soft drink, nectars/juices and fruit pulp)
3) dairy products and ice creams (yogurt, fermented milk, ice cream)
The Italian Ministry of Health has set up an ad hoc group on monitoring initiatives.
The Italian Minister of Health has published the “2017 Monitoring report” which presents the results of the monitoring exercise concerning the implementation of commitments undertaken under the agreement “Common objectives for the improvement of the nutritional characteristics of food products, with a special focus on children (aged 3-12)” – signed with Federalimentare in 2015.