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Diabetes UK calls for traffic light food labels

Diabetes UK are calling on the European Union to enforce the traffic light system in colour coding foods to reflect their salt, sugar and fat content.

The European Union has already imposed standards that mean sugar, salt, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrate and energy level information must me displayed on food packaging.

However, Diabetes UK say the rules announced by the EU's health commissioner Markos Kyprianou are not enough.

Public Affairs Officer at Diabetes UK Phaedra Neal said: "The commission is right to recognise the importance of clear, front-of-pack labelling to help consumers make healthier food choices.

"But it has ignored evidence which shows the traffic light system works better than the GDA percentage system in allowing people to access nutrient content and compare different foods."

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is launching consultations with all stakeholders in Britain as to whether the traffic light coding system is feasible.


Diabetes UK