France launched a new National Program on Food and Nutrition (PNAN) on Sept. 23. This program sets the course of policy for food and nutrition for the French government over the next five years, and also aims at joining actions on both food policy and nutrition, which both benefited from a National Plan, into a single plan, to better coordinate action on food policies and nutrition, including combating food waste and the promotion of a simple nutrition scoring of food about their content in salt, fat, sugar, etc.
In a society with strong expectations on this subject, the PNAN will be one of the engines driving the ecological and healthy transition of agriculture and food. The goal is to promote healthy choices that are good for the environment, all while reducing inequality of access to sustainable and high quality food.
The French government will work with the food companies to obtain a firm commitment to reduce the amount of salt in foods, particularly in bread, and also sugar and fat in food, starting in 2020. Everyone will also benefit from an increase in the use of at least 50% high-quality sustainable organic products in institutional catering settings.
This food and nutritional policy also aims to encourage behaviors that are more beneficial for health. This is why in October 2019 an ad campaign promoting new food and physical activity recommendations will be broadcast in France and among health professionals.
The PNAN also aims to fight against food insecurity and waste, by extending to institutional and industrial catering the obligation to donate unused food to charity organizations.