European Commission opts against traffic light system for food labelling

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:296
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    The European Commission has tabled EU-wide legislation that will require all prepacked food to display key health and nutritional information clearly on the front of the package. However, a “traffic light” system of red, amber, or green labelling will not be adopted.

    The proposal, which must now be approved by European Union governments and the European parliament, is part of the commission’s antiobesity strategy. It is also designed to update rules on food labelling first introduced 30 years ago.

    Presenting the initiative, Markos Kyprianou, the European commissioner for health, said that food labels could have a big influence on consumers’ purchasing decisions. …

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