David Byrne, the EU commissioner responsible for health and consumer protection, today [Wednesday] welcomed the strong support of the European Parliament in its first reading to the Commission's proposal for an amendment to the food labelling Directive. The draft law is intended to ensure that all consumers are informed of the complete contents of foodstuffs and to enable consumers with allergies to identify any allergenic ingredients that may be present. The proposal means that all ingredients added will have to be included on the label and will abolish the "25% rule" which currently means that it is not obligatory to label the components of compound ingredients that make up less than 25% of the final food product.