Italy: nutrition policy snapshot

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

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Italy implements nutrition and diet-related policy actions in 7 out of the 10 policy areas in the NOURISHING framework. The only policy area which received a good assessment refers to limits on specific nutrients in food products (I1), followed by a moderate assessment for implementation of food based dietary guidelines (I2) and food standards in specific locations such as public institutions (O).

Strengthening of policy design is needed for nutrition label standards and regulations (N1) beyond EU regulations. Weaknesses are identified with regards to limitations on sugar-sweetened beverages in schools and regulations on food availability within the school vicinity (O) and food based dietary guidelines (I2).

No action was taken in relation to financial incentives to increase affordability and accessibility of healthier food or health-related food taxes (U), improving food system coherence with health (H) and rules for improving the retail environments (S). More action is needed on marketing to young people beyond broadcast advertising (R), offering nutrition counselling in healthcare settings (N2) and in all areas of nutrition education skills (G) with a particular focus in schools, which all 3 received a poor assessment.

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Italy’s results (pdf, English)

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the NOURISHING policy index for Italy. Full index results are outlined in the NOURISHING policy brief (pdf), which compares Italy 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 Italy, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our NOURISHING database.

Overview of nutrition policy status in Italy

Italy NOURISHING overview

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