While fruit is extremely healthy, unfortunately too few of us are alert to the possible dangers. Numerous campaigns are organised to encourage fruit consumption but not enough of them also warn of the adverse effects. The fact is that fruit has a high sugar content and, if consumed to excess, will have the same effect as chocolate or other confectionery and may cause diabetes.
Fruit may also be harmful if it is not washed properly. Much of the fruit on sale in shops has been sprayed with pesticides. The public should be informed about safe fruit consumption and the advisability of using the peel. While it frequently contains the most vitamins, it is also in the peel that any pesticides possibly affecting the human organism are to be found.
What view does the Commission take of the proposal to include information regarding sugar content and pesticide use on fruit labelling?