Soy and the European Union
Based in Brussels, the heart of the EU, ENSA closely follows the agenda of the European Union to ensure that policy makers give sufficient attention to topics such as sustainable diets and issues related to consumer access to accurate information about food. In addition, ENSA also monitors policies that could have an impact on the soy industry and works to ensure a level playing field for all food products, especially in the areas of Food Labeling and Taxation.
In this section, find out about the issues currently high on the agenda for EU policy makers and how ENSA addresses them.
Food labels must be accurate and easy to understand if consumers are to make informed choices about their food. In particular, food labels are important to consumers with food allergies or intolerances. Recently, the EU adopted new legislation to improve labeling in the food sector called the Regulation on Food Information to Consumers. Read about these new rules and the labeling of soy products in the EU.
A number of EU Member States have begun introducing taxes on foods high in fat, sugar and artificial sweeteners such as soft drinks as a way to reduce consumption of these products and tackle obesity. In parallel, beverages such as dairy products receive VAT reduced rates while similar products such as soy products do not. ENSA has been working to ensure soy foods and other plant-based foods are not discriminated versus similar products. In addition, food taxes may not impede the consumption of healthy food products which have an important nutritional value. Read more about how taxation impacts soy foods and other plant-based foods.
A majority of European consumers have clearly stated they do not want to consume GM products. For years, ENSA members have shown a commitment to producing all natural, non-GMO soy foods. As the EU considers introducing a GM-free label, read more about ENSA’s view on the initiative.