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Scientific critique of ‘ultra-processed foods’ classifications

Published: 12/01/2023

The level of processing our food and drink undergoes does not determine the nutritional content of the final product.

Classifying and legislating food on the basis of the level of processing is not a scientifically-sound approach to food policy and would lead to negative outcomes for our food systems.

FoodDrinkEurope has undertaken a review of over 30 independent academic and scientific papers that critique ‘ultra-processed foods’ classifications and highlighted the main arguments in this paper.

FoodDrinkEurope has not financed, commissioned, or participated in any of this research. Full references and citations are available throughout.