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Farmers attack 'traffic light' food label system

Farmers, dairy companies and meat manufacturers have hit out at a Government-backed traffic light food labelling system, saying it will demonise their products, reports the Daily Mail.

Milk will be seen as junk food under the new system, farmers have said Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive

Trade bodies fear that products such as cheese, full-fat milk, sausages and bacon will be seen as ‘junk foods’ under the new system, and sales will fall as a result.

Food labelling system 'will be consistent from next year'

  • Food labelling will be made consistent across all supermarkets so that shoppers can easily spot the healthiest option.
  • The new system will provide consumers with clear information on the content of the food.
  • The new system will include information on guideline daily amounts (GDAs).
  • It will be colour coded with a traffic light system.
  • It will use the words "high" "medium" or "low" to inform people about how much fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar and calories are in food products.
  • The design of the new label is yet to be decided, a Department of Health spokeswoman said.
  • The new label is expected to be in use by summer next year.

New food labels 'a quantum leap for public health'

This is a quantum leap for public health and the result of tireless work by health campaigners and positive action by our governments.

It's now down to each and every retailer and manufacturer to step up and introduce these consistent front of pack food labels, including traffic light colours, so shoppers can make healthy food choices at a glance.

– Peter Hollins, chief executive at the British Heart Foundation

With levels of obesity and diet-related disease on the increase it's vitally important that people know what's in their food so that they can make an informed choice.

– Richard Lloyd, executive director at consumer group Which?

Health minister: 'New food labelling system to tackle obesity'

The UK already has the largest number of products with front of pack labels in Europe but research has shown that consumers get confused by the wide variety of labels used.

By having a consistent system we will all be able to see at a glance what is in our food.

This will help us all choose healthier options and control our calorie intake.

Obesity and poor diet cost the NHS billions of pounds every year.

Making small changes to our diet can have a big impact on our health and could stop us getting serious illnesses, such as heart disease, later in life.

– Health Minister Anna Soubry

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Supermarkets to adopt consistent 'traffic-light' labelling system

Food labelling will be made consistent across all supermarkets so that shoppers can easily spot the healthiest option, it will be announced today.

Examples of contrasting supermarket food labelling Credit: PA Archive

The new labelling system will provide consumers with clear information on the content of the food, Health Minister Anna Soubry said.

The new system will include information on guideline daily amounts (GDAs), be colour coded with a traffic light system and use the words "high" "medium" or "low" to inform people about how much fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar and calories are in food products.

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