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Consistent food labelling system is rolled out across UK

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4010 (Published 20 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4010
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Consumer and health groups have welcomed the new consistent labelling system for the fronts of packs of food that has been launched in the United Kingdom, although some have voiced concerns that the scheme remains voluntary.

The system combines traffic light colour coding and nutritional information showing the amount of fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar, and energy in a food product. The red, amber, green, traffic light system aims to give consumers key information at a glance. The label also shows how much of an adult’s reference intake (formerly known as guideline daily amounts) is in a portion.1

The scheme was first announced last October.2 Manufacturers such as Mars UK, Nestlé UK, PepsiCo UK, Premier Foods, and McCain Foods have now signed up to it, together with the supermarkets Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, the Co-operative, …

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