From Vinitaly a strong message: no to Nutriscore, wine is health, culture, conviviality

The danger of degrading wine in the European group of the damned had already been ruled out last February. the European Parliamentin fact, it approved a series of amendments to the Beca, the Cancer Plan presented by the European Commission and highly contested by everyone in Italian wine. For Italy a success on all fronts. It will be necessary to distinguish moderate consumption from abuse. Warnings labeled “terrorist” similar to those on cigarette packs will be excluded. It will be possible to continue to advertise the wine. Sponsorship by alcoholic beverages (eg beer) of sporting events (such as the Champions League). Maybe you couldn’t ask for more.

However, according to Italian Wine Union (Uiv) And Federvinithe amendments to cancer plan approved by the European Parliament, they partially do justice to the world of wine and its moderate consumers. The attack on the sector indeed foresees other rounds during the year, starting with the plans of the World Health Organization (WHO) – which will be voted on in May – up to the European initiatives in terms of promotion, taxation and labeling Nutriscore, under discussion in the coming months. The Nutriscore is a French proposal, adopted by Belgium and of Germany, which responds to the European Commission’s need to prepare a mandatory harmonized nutrition labeling system at Community level – to be adopted by the end of 2022 – as part of the “Farm to Fork Strategy”, a path towards healthier and more durable system. The label created by France is called Nutri-Score and uses the image of a traffic light to assign a color – and therefore a ‘pass’ or a ‘stop’ – to each food according to the level of sugar, fat and salt, calculated on a baseline of 100 grams of product. Obviously, foods with green light are preferred over those with red light.

This is why, during the Vinitaly recently concluded in Verona, Federvini And Uiv, during the conference Wine culture: a Mediterranean model, have a convergence in the name of common sense and a correct interpretation of the scientific evidence found in the Mediterranean diet and in moderate consumption are valuable allies of the wine product. On the other hand, he explains during the conference Sandro Sartor, President of the European Wine in Moderation Association, “wine in Italy is not just an alcoholic drink, its perception is an integral part of a Mediterranean model which is the antithesis of the compulsive approach. A hypothesis, this one, also confirmed by a recent survey Eurostat, which designates our country as the last in Europe, after Cyprus, for episodes linked to excessive alcohol consumption”. The Undersecretary for Agricultural Policy Echoes Him Gian Marco Centinaio“Wine is part of the Mediterranean diet, it is the expression of our culture, our territories and above all our way of life – recalled the Undersecretary for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Gian Marco Centinaio, during the conference -. Moderate consumption is not harmful to health, on the contrary, and we have succeeded in reaffirming this principle in Europe as well. Nine out of 10 Italians drink wine and do so responsibly. It’s part of our identity.”

For the president of European Wine in Moderation, Sandro Sartor: “The need for public institutions to put in place effective policies to combat alcohol abuse is absolutely shared by the sector. The wine sector is already doing this and will multiply its efforts to further affirm the association between wine and moderation through training actions aimed at wine lovers, the world of wine tourism, winegrowers, sommeliers and culture. . wine in Italy is not just an alcoholic drink, its perception is an integral part of a Mediterranean model which is the antithesis of the compulsive approach. A hypothesis, this one, also confirmed by a recent survey Eurostat, which designates our country as the last in Europe, after Cyprus, for episodes linked to excessive alcohol consumption”.

On this point it is recorded, still in recent course Vinitaly, the position taken by the Alliance of Italian agri-food cooperatives, the national coordination made up of the most representative associations of Italian cooperation (Agci, Confcooperative, Legacoop), strongly deployed against the demonization of Italian wine. “We fully share the health objectives of the European Commission. The WHO points the finger at the abuses. Any excessive consumption is harmful,” he begins. Luca Rigotti, coordinator of the wine sector of theItalian Cooperative Alliance and President of the Trentino Group Half crown. But he immediately adds: “wine is part of our cultural heritage in addition to being a standard bearer for Made in Italy in the world and excelling in the export of our quality products. Hippocrates, the father of scientific medicine, claimed that “Wine is a thing extraordinarily proper to man if, in health as in illness, it is administered with judgment and just measure, according to the constitution of each one.‘. It seems that 2500 years was not enough. And today we are here to reiterate it”.

During the conversation At the table? A glass of wine organized by the Alliance itself, experts and institutions take part. Among them, Professor Luigi Moio, President Oiv (International Organization of Vine and Wine) recalls that due to its natural character and the strong historical and cultural values ​​it conveys, it is necessary to clearly separate the image of wine from other alcoholic beverages. To assess its effects, it is necessary to take into account the whole lifestyle of people: in the context of a healthy and balanced life, its responsible consumption, linked to meals and the conviviality of the table, is a source of joy. . It is no coincidence that, in recent decades, the image of wine has developed in an extraordinary way in many countries, demonstrating its universal vocation”. The professor echoes him Giorgio Calabrian, President of the National Food Safety Committee of the Ministry of Health: “Our diet teaches us to consume a bit of everything in a balanced way, without exceeding. Wine is also part of the Mediterranean diet”. It should also be remembered, he continues, that “health is not protected by demonizing a sector or a single product linked to the culture and way of life of Italy, world leader in longevity”.

On the same wavelength, the Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Stefano Patuanelli: “Wine is a product that more than any other contains culture, tradition and excellence and it is not something disconnected from health”. Patuanelli assures the commitment of the Italian government, acknowledging the contribution of associations: “Against Europe’s attempts to introduce alarmist labels on wine, all political forces and professional associations have rowed united in the same direction. Regarding the Nutriscore, it is an important battle that aims to protect all consumers and not just producers”.

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