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New food labelling system

A new front-of-pack food labelling scheme is to be introduced. The voluntary system,, which will cover just over 60% of foods, will involve traffic light colour coding and nutritional information on each product.

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60% of all food sold in UK will carry new labels

All major supermarket chains have signed up to the new labels Credit: Oliver Berg/DPA/Press Association Images

All the major supermarkets - Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons, the Co-operative, Waitrose and Tesco - have announced that they will use a new front-of-packet labelling system on their products.

They have been joined by food producers Mars UK, Nestle UK, PepsiCo UK, Premier Foods and McCain Foods.

The Department of Health said the businesses that had signed up to using the new label to date accounted for more than 60% of the food that is sold in the UK.

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