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The Record: Europe

12 June edition
Lucy Thomas

New labelling laws

MEPs are set to vote on laws on food labelling that are proving contentious - both in the parliament and with consumer groups.

More than half of adults in most EU countries are overweight or obese according to the European Commission.

So the EU is looking at changes to food labelling to spell out more clearly exactly what's contained inside. Health campaigners say the bolder the better, and are pushing for coloured labels with red, amber and green marking whether levels of certain nutrients are healthy or not.

But the food industry warns that's too simplistic and will demonise certain foods.

MEPs debate labelling laws

The Record Europe asks how far legislation should go in telling people what to put in their shopping baskets.

Shirin Wheeler is joined by:

• Dutch Christian Democrat MEP, Esther de Lange who sits on the parliament's consumer protection committee

• Carl Schlyter MEP, also on the consumer protection committee, from the Swedish Green party

• Dave McCullough from BEUC, the European Consumers' organisation.

Miliband in Brussels

Shadow foreign secretary David Miliband has been in Brussels this week to woo MEPs in his bid to become leader of the Labour party.

David Miliband on EU relations

The Record Europe tracked him down to ask what he would do differently when it comes to the UK's relations with Europe if he were to become leader.

Mr Miliband defends Labour's record on the EU and vows to ensure greater discussion between Brussels and Westminster if he wins.

He also promises to give British Labour MEPs a stronger voice in the party by giving their leader a seat on the shadow cabinet.

The Record: Europe examines the key moments in the political week in Brussels and Strasbourg and focuses on the work of the European Parliament and European Commission.

It is broadcast on BBC Parliament on Saturdays at 2300 GMT, Sundays at 1700 GMT and Mondays at 1000 GMT, on BBC World on Saturdays and Sundays at 0630 CET and on the BBC News channel on Sundays at 0530 GMT and Mondays at 0330 GMT.

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