The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA)  has today released a questionnaire to gather the sports and active nutrition industry’s expert views on the impact of the EU’s forthcoming mandatory front-of-pack nutritional labelling (FOPNL) scheme. 

The survey will collect evidence on current use of FOPNL schemes across the sector and any challenges faced by industry ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s legislative proposal on the introduction of a mandatory FOPNL and the setting of nutrient profiles, expected in Q4 2022. 

The closing date for input in the questionnaire is 16th September 2022. 

Dr Adam Carey, Chair of ESSNA, said:  

“Any forthcoming FOPNL obligations need to be based on sound evidence and take into account the specificities of specialist food sectors. This is why ESSNA is launching an industry wide survey to collect first-hand information on the predicted impact of new obligations on our sector.

Sports foods are purposefully formulated with higher levels of nutrients, usually protein or carbohydrates, to cater for the specific dietary needs of those undertaking physical activity and performing exercise. The nutrient profiling framework underpinning the FOPNL has to consider the specific dietary needs of sports people, which are different from those of the general population.  

We call on industry peers to participate in the survey to ensure the views of the sector are considered in any future rules set at the EU level”. 


For more information, please contact: 

Careen Becker, ESSNA Secretariat 

[email protected]

About ESSNA  

ESSNA is the leading European trade association for the sports and active nutrition industry. It brings together major manufacturers and distributors of sports nutrition products, suppliers of ingredients, national associations as well as specialist scientific and legal consultants advising the sector.  

With around 35 members from across Europe, ESSNA acts as a forum for discussion and a vehicle for action for the sports nutrition sector by working closely with legislators, regulators and enforcement bodies to ensure that the sports nutrition products are safe, effective, easily available and transparent.  

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