Serge Hercberg. Mange et tais-toi: Un nutritionniste face au lobby agroalimentaire. HumenSciences 2022. 285 pages.
The author sent me a copy of this book in optimistic overestimation of my ability to read French.
Well, I can translate the title at least and it’s a great one: Eat and Shut Up: A Nutritionist Faces (Confronts?) the Agribusiness Lobby
But I’d really appreciate an English translation of the book, even though articles in English are readily available.
With that acknowledged, Hercberg is well known for his development and promotion of Nutri-Score, a front-of-package rating system used in Europe.
The letter grades are assigned on the basis of a composite score of healthy (vitamins, fiber, etc) and unhealthy (salt, sugar, etc) components. They range from from A excellent to E best to avoid.
You can easily imagine that producers of products with low grades dislike this system. Hercberg’s book, a memoir of his early career, describes his later work in the context of food industry efforts to block use of Nutri-Score.
While I’m on the topic, here are a few recent articles.
- Fears mount for split labelling systems in Europe as Italy launches ‘frontal assault’ on Nutri-Score: The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) has announced an investigation into five companies using the Nutri-Score front-of-pack labelling scheme, raising suggestions different systems may eventually be deployed in different parts of the EU…. Read more
- France accused of backing Nutri-Score to benefit its ‘big conglomerates’ in food: In a dialogue between scientists, MEPs and citizens, the French Government is accused of acting in self-interest by supporting front-of-pack nutrition label Nutri-Score. “It’s no secret,” says Spanish MEP Adrian Vasquez Lazara. “I hope the European Commission does not fall into the trap.”… Read more
- What’s the Spanish meat industry’s beef with Nutri-Score? From slaughterhouses to cutting plants and meat processors, Spain’s meat industry is ‘totally against’ front-of-pack nutritional labelling scheme Nutri-Score. FoodNavigator hears why…. Read more