Germany: nutrition policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national nutrition policy actions in Germany. Compare Germany with other European countries in our NOURISHING policy index.

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Germany implements policy actions at national government level in 7 out of 10 policy areas of the NOURISHING framework. One policy area received a good assessment, which was in increasing public awareness of healthy eating through communication campaigns (I2). Three policy areas received a moderate assessment in nutrition label standards and regulations (N1), setting healthy food standards in public institutions (O) and limits or removal of specific nutrients in food products (I1).

Within the policy areas that received moderate assessment, weaknesses and gaps were identified throughout, such as a lack of food and drink availability in the school vicinity, which impacts otherwise well-designed standards for food in schools (O).

No action was taken in 3 policy areas, which included good marketing and advertising to young people particularly in/around schools (R), creating a healthy retail and food service environment (S) and nutrition advice and counselling in healthcare settings (N2). Greater attention is needed to improve financial incentives which increases the availability and affordability of healthy food (U) and public food procurement policies (H) beyond a poor assessment.

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Germany’s results

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Germany. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief, which compares Germany with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the NOURISHING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Germany, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.

Overview of nutrition policy status in Germany

Germany NOURISHING overview

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