The products of the Fédération française des industriels charcutiers, traiteurs, transformateurs de viands (FICT) are defined by a “Code des Usages” (Code of Uses) which defines the rules for the use of traditional names for French charcuterie (450 products, 1 million tons / year).
In 2016, FICT introduced nutritional criteria for fat and salt per product category for 50% of the volumes produced. FICT is committed to continue working in this direction.
In 2020, 75% of production will comply with the nutritional criteria which led to optimising the composition of about 15% of the products highest in fat and salt. Additionally FICT limited the use of nitrite/nitrate by 20% . FICT also provides consumers with consumption guidelines to promote balanced diets in accordance with official recommendations.