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NZ: Food minister can’t comment on traffic-light labels

Minister of Food Safety, Kate Wilkinson, is unable to comment on the Government’s position on traffic-light food labelling until she has until she has presented them to next month’s meeting of the Trans-Tasman food ministers’ council.

A report released earlier this year recommended introducing a voluntary multiple traffic lights front-of-pack food labelling system, but said it should be mandatory if health claims are made.

Officials from the New Zealand Government, and Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, are developing responses to the report’s recommendations. Their responses will be considered by the Australian New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council at its meeting in December 2011.

Read more: NZ Herald, 17 Nov 2011

Read FOE’s position on traffic light food labelling

Political parties differ on obesity prevention – FOE survey

FOE recently questioned political parties about issues considered likely to contribute significantly to reducing obesity, and diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

One question was about traffic light nutrition labelling.

Read FOE’s report, Responses of New Zealand political parties to questions about obesity prevention

Published on November 17, 2011 in New Zealand news,Traffic light labels