New food labelling scheme to help Londoners make healthy choices

From today it should be easier for people to keep an eye on what they're eating, thanks to the introduction of new front of pack labelling.

The new label combines traffic light colour-coding and nutritional information to show how much fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar and calories are in food.

People can end up bewildered by the different nutrition labels on food and the new label aims to make it easier for people to make healthier choices.

The UK already has the largest number of products using a front of pack label in Europe but we know that people get confused by the variety of labels that are used. Research shows that, of all the current schemes, people like the label the most and they can use the information to make healthier choices.

By having all major retailers and manufacturers signed up to the consistent label, we will all be able to see at a glance what is in our food - this is why I want to see more manufacturers signing up and using the label.

– Anna Soubry, Public Health Minister