The Directorate General for Consumer Affairs has today organised a course to update and expand knowledge of the consumer information to be provided by food labelling. Forty-one people are taking part in the training, all of them professionals from the State, regional and local administrations responsible for consumer affairs.
The training is divided into two parts. The first part, given by Antònia Paniza, professor of Civil Law at the University of the Balearic Islands, is aimed at providing training on the latest regulatory developments in advertising, as well as those relating specifically to foodstuffs. The second part deals with the Mediterranean diet and the interpretation of food information aimed at the consumer, given by the dietician and nutritionist Maria Colomer.
This is a training action included in the Inter-administrative Continuous Training Plan for the year 2022, promoted by the Directorate General for Consumer Affairs of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. The aim is to improve the skills of public professionals involved in the area of consumer affairs with regard to food advertising and labelling.
In recent years, the Directorate General for Consumer Affairs, through the School of Consumer Affairs, has provided a series of training courses for professionals on a range of current issues, such as “Advertising, networks and consumer rights”, “Consumer contracts, transparency and unfair terms”, “Awareness-raising on responsible public procurement” and “Practical application of the IRPH index and jurisprudential analysis”, among others. These courses serve to train professionals and in some cases have been a source of necessary information for professional offices and consumer associations throughout Spain. The most outstanding example is the preliminary ruling that the 17th Court of First Instance of Palma brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union, where it was demonstrated that the IRPH was not a variability index but an APR.