Diane Abbott highlights child obesity battle

Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott has given a guarded welcome to announcement on food labelling but insists more must be done to tackle child obesity.

It is welcome news the Government is joining Labour and health groups' campaign for this to happen.

But there is also a danger that this step forward may evaporate once the spotlight has moved on, because the Government is so reliant on these voluntary agreements.

It has got to be part of a wider Government strategy to tackle obesity and diet-related disease.

– Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott

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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.